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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Published on 24 May 2016
For the first time ever the Hungarian rare book dealers invite colleagues and collectors from across the world to Budapest. The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016 will present Budapest as one of the most beautiful cities and one of the most fascinating book capitals in Europe.
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Central Europe in Six Days – Pre- and Post ILAB Congress Tours, Budapest and Beyond

Published on 22 March 2016
The ILAB Congress and International Antiquarian Book Fair in Budapest will not only give booklovers the opportunity to enjoy each other's company, admire book rarities, indulge in the various sights and treasures, but will also provide the possibility to visit some of the neighbouring countries. Before and after the ILAB Congress and Fair delegates will have the chance to see some of the most exciting places in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and the Czech Republic. September is one of the most pleasant months in Central Europe, and the early autumn lights will put the historic beauty of these places in a new perspective.
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ILAB CONGRESS, BUDAPEST 2016 - CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP FOR TWO YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS

Published on 10 March 2016
The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association is proud to give the opportunity to TWO YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 42nd ILAB Congress in Budapest between 21 and 23 September, 2016. Please send us the application of any young antiquarian of your choice by 31 May, 2016 consisting of the short CV of the applicant and a brief recommendation by the president of the national association stating why the particular candidate would benefit from participating in the congress, how he would enrich his/her home association and contribute to the event. Having received all applications, the Hungarian association together with the leaderships of ILAB will select the two fortunate candidates whose congress fee and hotel expenses will be covered by the Hungarian association, leaving only the travel costs to be paid from own sources.
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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Published on 25 Feb. 2016
For the first time ever the Hungarian rare book dealers invite colleagues and collectors from across the world to Budapest. The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016 will present Budapest as one of the most beautiful cities and one of the most fascinating book capitals in Europe. The congress programme is as manifold as exciting and proves that Budapest is a city with many faces: the old Hungarian capital full of books and music, history and tradition and at the same time a lively and busy Eastern European centre full of young and amazing cultural concepts. In a series of articles we will introduce you to the most exciting places of Budapest – libraries, museums, archives, music halls and other famous sites. Joins us on our virtual tour through the Hungarian capital. Today we will invite you to a virtual tour on: Castle Hill
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Umberto Eco (1932-2016)

Published on 21 Feb. 2016
I was deeply saddened upon learning of the death of Umberto Eco, Patron of Honor of ILAB and ALAI, philosopher, scientist, homme de lettres, customer and friend to so many of us. I am extremely grateful to have met this outstanding person many times, and I remember the many discussions about books with him during the book fairs in Milano. He was, by all fair means, a brilliant thinker and an extremely cultivated and educated man. What probably counts even more, is the fact that he had a critical look on his beloved country, Italy, and he didn't hesitate to oppose many politicians whenever he had the feeling that they were wrong.
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International Cooperation - or the power of nearly 2000 booksellers

Published on 16 Feb. 2016
In the past ILAB had always seemed to me rather distant and not relevant to my business or life in the trade. I believe I was not alone in this opinion. Even worse I thought it was a dull body "banging" on about rules and regulations which the National Associations already did very well. I really didn't see ILAB as serving any purpose for me as I wasn't interested in exhibiting overseas. So yes, you guessed it; this is one of those how wrong could I be stories…
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - La storia di un burattino at The Private Library

Susan A. Burgess, writing in Children's Books and Their Creators, penned a rather harsh assessment of this celebrated story's author. He was, she suggested, a hack journalist, an undecorated soldier, and a low-level government official whose best-known work is full of inconsistencies and contradictions, evidence of careless writing. An assessment, incidentally, with which the author's admirers profoundly disagree.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - John Bunyan

Which book, along with the Bible, is the most widely read in the English language? John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, , a sweeping allegorical tale that takes the protagonist (an everyman named Christian) from the road to perdition to the feet of the Lord. Bunyan's use of simple imagery (taken from his Bedfordshire homeland north of London) gives the book its wide appeal. It was reprinted in the Puritan colonies and distributed throughout colonial America only three years after its initial publication.
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AbeBooks Supports the Antiquarian Book Seminars in Colorado and York

Young antiquarian booksellers and beginners in the trade will head for Colorado in July and York in September 2015. The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and the York Antiquarian Book Seminar, established last year after the example of Colorado, offer excellent possibilities to enter the international rare book trade. AbeBooks will sponsor two courses both in Colorado and in York. For all who are interested, read the following information:
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Cervantes in Madrid – Roses for Booklovers in Barcelona

Last year on 23 April hundreds of antiquarian booksellers worked together in one big celebration. Antiquarian booksellers across the world decided to Think Global and Act Local and celebrate UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day with events within their communities - thinking local and thinking globally by coordinating their efforts. These local celebrations made a global impact. Rare books found new homes and over 10,000 Euros were raised to provide literacy aids to the children of South Sudan. In 2016 we will do this again … and the Spanish antiquarian booksellers will be joining us.
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Searching For Books In Days Of Yore

Back in April, when I launched this blog, I was pleased that my first post managed to elicit a nice comment. One particular point made by this commenter has been banging around in my head ever since. On the suject of want lists, he wrote: Electronic book-collecting tools are all focused on "dealer push" — a vendor essentially saying, "Here's what I have. Are you interested." The tools aggregate and push this information. We know that many large booksellers do not have the time or inclination to post all of their inventories. It would be nice to go back to the old days of "pull" — posting want lists in magazines to let dealers and fellow collectors know what we are interested in and looking for. It's a service I would readily pay for within the context of a strong collector community like ViaLibri. It was an interesting suggestion, even without the hint of additional revenue. It made me wonder. I am always surprised at how easy it is to forget the "old days" of antiquarian bookselling, before the internet changed everything.
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