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Who said rare books and water don't mix? A floating ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Amsterdam!

Have you ever to Amsterdam on a boat? The wonderful Dutch city is renowned for its 17th century canals or "grachten", where the Dutch antiquarian booksellers will host an extraordinary event on 23 April 2015 - a floating ILAB Pop Up Book Fair! To celebrate UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day the rare book dealers on Antiquariaat Kok, Die Schmiede, Antiquariaat Spinoza and Antiquariaat Brinkman will cruise the canals on a barge which will be proudly flying the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day colours. The Pop Up Book Fair Barge will navigate its way through the canals or "grachten" mooring at a number of places along its route to allow Amsterdamers and tourists alike to board, browse, buy books and donate to UNESCO's work for literacy.
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The Right Book - Derek McDonnell

Derek McDonnell has, over the course of 25 years at Hordern House, established himself as a pre-eminent dealer in Australiana and the history of Pacific exploration. He and his partner Anne McCormick have produced a series of beautiful and scholarly catalogues, which have established a new bibliographical standard for their subjects, as well as publishing a series of essential bibliographies. He enjoys a global circle of colleague friends and is one of the most admired figures in the trade.
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Herman H. J. Lynge & Søn – The First Antiquarian Bookshop in Scandinavia

Herman Henrik Julius Lynge (November 13, 1822 - May 12, 1897) was a Danish antiquarian bookseller. He continued and owned the first antiquarian bookshop in Scandinavia, now "Herman H. J. Lynge & Søn A/S". Lynge was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, as the son of a bookbinder. At a very young age, before he was even confirmed, he began his apprenticeship as a bookseller, and the shop in which he took his education was carefully chosen by his father, Henrik Berndt Lynge. His master was Christian Tønder Sæbye (1789-1844), who had started his bookshop, initially a second-hand shop focusing on books, in 1821 on Gothersgade 26. After his apprenticeship, Lynge continued to work in the company, and when Sæbye died in 1844, the young man, only aged twenty-two, took over as manager of the bookshop, which was still owned by the Sæbye family. In 1853 Lynge was able to buy the shop from the family at the price of 1,000 rix-dollars, and at the same time he took out a trade licence as a bookseller. In the first years the cholera was harrying Copenhagen, and Lynge is said to have done great business at the time due to the large number of private libraries offered for sale; he was the only proper "antiquarian bookseller" in Denmark, and he often spited the danger of infection and personally collected the large number of books in the homes of the ill.
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A World Much Changed - Laurence Worms in Conversation with Jim Hinck and Anne Marie Wall

Time now to go and have tea with some booksellers. Anne Marie Wall and Jim Hinck (Hinck & Wall) are booksellers specialising in garden history and landscape architecture, early horticulture, and architecture and town-planning in general. Americans both, they have settled in Cambridge after a spell in Paris (where they retain a pied-à-terre). It's an absorbing story. They realised, much earlier than most of us, that with the advent of the internet, the book-trade's traditional staples – the good, solid and essential books on any subject that everyone needs – were about to become a rapidly diminishing asset. As Jim puts it in a thoughtful recent post on his viaLibrian blog (required reading), "the pool of findable books exploded". Their customers, often in American institutional libraries, were no longer going to want books they could find anywhere at the click of a mouse. The correct deduction was made that they would continue to want the rare and the unique, and that American holdings would generally be weakest in early non-English language material. To Europe they came to find just that material.
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FROM GUTENBERG TO ZUCKERBERG – THE FIRST EVER ILAB ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR IN BUDAPEST

From 21 to 25 September ILAB booksellers from across the world will gather in Budapest for their bi-annual congress and the first ever ILAB Antiquarian Book Fair held in the Hungarian capital at the wonderful Vigadó. Adam Bosze, President of the Hungarian Booksellers' Association (MAE), and his colleagues have organized a fantastic programme to welcome rare book dealers from five continents for five days celebrating the world's written heritage and the culture of literacy. Follow ILAB in conversation with Adam Bosze about the importance of real books in a virtual world, the fascination of ILAB Congresses and the highlights of the Book Fair:
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FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS! - Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 17 to 27, 2014

The 2014 Melbourne Rare Book Week program is now available. From July 17 to 27, Melburnians, Victorians and interstate visitors will be drawn to our city to enjoy an eclectic program of talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, The University of Melbourne's Cultural Treasures Festival, and the 42nd Australian Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the University's historic Wilson Hall.
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