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Apply for Scholarship - ILAB Congress Los Angeles February 2018

Published on 21 July 2018
The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress!National associations are asked to nominate a young antiquarian of their choice by 31 July 2017 and submit a short CV for the applicant and a brief recommendation by the president of the national association...
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Reminder Customs - Plant Samples entering Australia

Published on 21 July 2018
Message from the ILAB President:The recent destruction by Australian authorities of plant samples entering Australia (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/08/australian-biosecurity-officials-destroy-plant-samples-from-19th-century-france) leads us to remind all affiliates of the need to check the laws pertaining to any shipment before sending to another country.
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Interview with Gonzalo F. Pontes - New ILAB President 2016

Published on 21 July 2018
At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB's 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President.We asked Mr. Pontes about his plans in his new role, his background and what motivates him to invest so much of his time into the League.
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Budapest Report on the German VdA site - Article in German: »face-to-face ist nicht zu übertreffen«

Published on 21 July 2018
Sabine Keune (Antiquariat Sabine Keune) reports from the 42nd ILAB Congress in Budapest on the German VdA site about the many facets of the congress and emphasizes that "face to face" cannot be replaced and how the congress symbolises "amor libri nos unit". For the future of our trade, we need to continue to work together, across borders and languages. ARTICLE IN GERMAN.To read the full article, please visit the German VdA - Site here.
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Scholarship for Young Antiquarians - Report by Anke Timmermann

Published on 21 July 2018
The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association awarded 3 scholarships to young antiquarian booksellers to participate in the ILAB Congress 2016 in Budapest. Congress fees and accommodation of the scholarship winners were funded entirely by the Hungarian association Read a report by Anke Timmermann here.
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Announcing the new ILAB Committee

Published on 21 July 2018
At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB's 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB president. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 - 2016 and he will be supported by ILAB Vice-President Sally Burdon (Australia).
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Edmund Smyth - English Explorer (1823-1911)

The only existing account of his life beyond his travels is an obituary in the Royal Geographical Society, New Series 1882: Edmund Smyth travelled in the company of John Hanning Speke and Richard Burton, and he made a secret expedition to Tibet and the Brahmaputra with Robert Drummond and Thomas W. Webber. Webber's report "Forests of Upper India" was rejected by Sven Hedin, who "dismissed the account as worthless and riddled with inconsistencies, devoting six pages of his Southern Tibet to demolishing Webber's claims". Why? Hedin had recently returned from Tibet and claimed the discovery of the source of the Brahmaputra as his own.
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Bibliographies - Dust Jackets

Online: Great War Dust Jackets - NYPL Digital Gallery - Classic Crime Fiction - Hogarth Press Illustrated Dust Jackets - Modern Library Dust Jackets and Bindings: 1917-1939 - The ModernLib ML Database - Books for Girls - Vietnam War Literature Dust Jackets - The Robert Weinberg Collection
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Moses Signed My Bible

"An autographed copy of a first edition kicks it up to something special - and hard to reproduce on a Kindle or iPhone", writes Tom Post in Forbes Magazine. "Autographed first editions are a cool way to collect rare books." However: "Forgers think so, too." Some snippets ...
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Practice Makes (Nearly) Perfect - 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Sometimes the years seem to fly by like calendar leaves flapping off the wall in a corny movie. That was much the feeling at this year's 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center. Old veterans of Bostons past walked the familiar aisles, nodding at one another – "Here we are again." Members of the excellent Brede staff, many of whom have been working with us for years, gave us a "Good to see you again" shoulder clap. And they meant it. We'd each survived another year and were back in the familiar, comfortable confines of the Hynes. I recall problems in the early years, mostly centering around the difficulties of moving in and out. But now staff and exhibitors alike know the drill, and if anyone unfamiliar with the procedure gets panicky, there are plenty of calmer heads to offer support. No more ugly, non-conforming booths, no fighting, no biting. The complainers will never go away, but even they seemed subdued this year.
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Copenhagen 1948 - The Founding of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

How it all began: the minutes of the Congress in Copenhagen 1948, where the ILAB was officially founded and where the first President and the first ILAB Committee were elected. Lots of decisions were taken before the delicious Farewell Dinner with: "Harengs à la Danoise, Homards, Crevettes, Écrevisses, Saumon fumé, Anguille, Canard, Dindon, Côtes d'Agneau, Fromage", and Tuborg. Einar Grønholt Pedersen was President of the Danish Association of Antiquarian Booksellers at that time and host of the Congress which was to become the hour of birth of the League. He opened the Congress with an excellent speech about ILAB's aims and its ideas which unite the affiliates all over the world, in 1948 - and today.
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Art and the World's First Novel

What is generally acknowledged as the world's first novel was written by a Japanese woman a thousand years ago. The Tale of Genji, by Murakasi Shikibu (known as Lady Murakasi in the West), is regarded to be an accurate description of life in the imperial court in the Heian era (794 - 1185 CE). The daughter of a scholar and an officer of the court, she was given a male's education. Being a lady-in-waiting herself, she was privy to life at court.
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