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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Have you already registered for the ILAB Congress and / or for the succeeding ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair? Have a look at the promising programme and do not hesitate to subscribe. 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 through the: Treasures of the National Library Széchenyi.
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ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in Budapest, 24 – 25 September 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. Have you already registered for the ILAB Congress and / or for the succeeding ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair? Have a look at the promising programme and do not hesitate to subscribe. 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 and be sure: the 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in September 2016 are worth a visit.
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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

There are numerous places in Budapest - lovely, exciting, relaxing, inspiring places. The Hungarian antiquarian booksellers and organizers of the 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th International Antiquarian Book Fair in Budapest, Hungary, from 21 to 25 September 2016 are recommending some of the best hotels in several price categories. Register now for the ILAB Congress in Budapest 2016!
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Bob Fleck – Awarded With the ILAB Medal

Was that it? Was Bob's involvement in ILAB finished and done with? Oh no! ILAB needed a Treasurer capable of taking its accounting system into the 21st Century and turned once more to Bob Fleck to take on this difficult and not so enchanting job, which he took on in April 2014. He worked relentlessly during a year and a half, until the Seville Presidents' Meeting in October 2015, to put all the accounts in order and once the job was brilliantly done … he resigned, having been asked to head New Castle's Historical Society, and for once in his life, he could not be able to find the time to work, rest, and work and work again and again. To thank him, once more, and perhaps not for the last time, for his devotion to ILAB matters, Bob Fleck was awarded during the 2015 October Seville Presidents' Meeting with the ILAB Medal, engraved on its back: "In recognition of services rendered to the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers."
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BUDAPEST 2016 - THE MEETING PLACE FOR ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

After Paris, Lucerne, Bologna and Madrid book dealers and book collectors will meet in Budapest for the 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016. The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (MAE) and its President Ádám Bősze are organizing an exciting congress programme that will show the delegates from across the world 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.
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ILAB Presidents’ Meeting in Seville 2015

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers unites 22 national associations, representing 35 countries and nearly 2000 professional rare book dealers worldwide. In its over 60 years of existence, ILAB has become a truly global network of the international antiquarian book trade. Once in a year the presidents of ILAB's member associations, who form the governing body of the League, meet to discuss recent trends of the trade, the activities of ILAB within the past year along with initiatives and actions that shall be taken to promote the rare book business in the future. On 1st October 2015 Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes, President of the Asociación Ibérica de Librerias Anticuarias (AILA) and Vice-President of ILAB, welcomed the delegates of the Presidents' Meeting in Seville. The Spanish city on the river Guadalquivir is not only known to be one of the hottest European spots with a summer average high temperature of 35° C, but also one of the most beautiful places in Europe. The Roman and Medieval centre of Seville owns three UNESCO World Heritage Sites - the Alcázar Palace, the Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies. Only a short walk away from these famous sites the ILAB delegates met at the Palace of the Duke of Segorbe to hold their annual meeting.The items on the agenda show that the rare book trade has to face severe problems and radical changes, but that there also promising perspectives and new paths to follow for better future partnerships and cooperation within the rare book world. The most important item on the agenda of each meeting is the report of the ILAB President. Read the detailed and excellent speech ILAB President Norbert Donhofer held yesterday to open the Presidents' Meeting 2015 in Seville:
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The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Do we need more drastic measures to prevent the theft of books, maps, manuscripts and other art on paper? How can public institutions, lawyers, collectors and the rare book trade work more efficiently together when it comes to thefts and forgeries? How can thefts be prevented? And how can we raise the public awareness for the fact the theft of the written heritage of mankind is a serious problem that concerns of all of us? ILAB President Norbert Donhofer will be among the many internationally renowned experts - librarians, archivists, representatives of dealers and auctioneers, security experts, lawyers - who will speak at this conference at the British Library in London on 26 June 2015. He will focus on the perspectives of the rare book trade and lessons learned, amongst others, from recent spectacular cases such as the massive thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples (Italy).
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50 YEARS OF ABAJ AND THE CHALLENGES ILAB HAS TO FACE AT PRESENT

This year, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ) celebrates its 50th anniversary. On this occasion the Japanese rare book dealers invited colleagues and bibliophiles from all across the world to meet in Tokyo for an International Antiquarian Book Fair in March 2015. ILAB President Norbert Donhofer officially opened the fair on 5th March together with ABAJ President Masaji Yagi and ILAB Member of Honour Mitsuo Nitta in a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. In his speech he thanked ABAJ for its various contributions to ILAB within the past 50 years and spoke about the present challenges ILAB has to face.
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SCHOOLS NEED BOOKS - Help UNESCO to realize the vision of a literate world for all!

ILAB joins UNESCO in its activities to fight illiteracy worldwide. On UNESCO World Book and Copyright a series of ILAB Pop Up Fairs will be organized across the world - from Australia to Asia, South Africa, Europe and the United States. On all these fairs you will find amazing rare books for sale - and an opportunity to buy "symbolic books" to fill a "symbolic book case" and thereby to donate money to the UNESCO projects in South Sudan.
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Congress

1949 - London

International League of Antiquarian Booksellers   By John Carter
The week of September 5th to 10th was a significant one in the world of books; for within its span was contained the third international congress of antiquarian booksellers. This was the first held under the auspices of the newly formed International League, for which the Amsterdam and Copenhagen conferences had laid the foundations; and it was held, appropriately, in London, the home of the oldest national association, which acted as host on what proved to be a memorable occasion. 
In this country old books - even rare books and first editions - are not normally considered newsworthy. The exceptions are apt to be due to what journalists call "human interest," and a First Folio must stun an innocent bystander before it can get into the papers. Without disrespect to the many photogenic ladies who adorned the Congress, if there were room for portraits on this page they would be those of M. Kundig, of Geneva, the President of the International League; of Mr. P. H. Muir, of Elkin Matthews, its Vice-President and fellow-architect; of Mr. Herzberger, of Amsterdam, who originally conceived it; and of Mr. C. D. Massey, of Pickering and Chatto, the President of the A.B.A., on whose shoulders lay the responsibility for the organisation - and the success - of its first plenary congress. 
For the League, only one year old, faced its first real test at this conference. And it is not, I think, too early to conclude that a tentative, a hopeful, an only partially integrated body, achieved in the course of a single week a remarkable measure of stability, confidence and harmony. The arrangements for corporate hospitality worked smoothly, from the dinner at the Guildhall on Monday, through visits to the British Museum, to the Royal Library at Windsor, to Cambridge; through a tour of London, a Promenade Concert, and a vin d'honneur given by the British Council and graced by the presence of Sir Stanley Unwin; to the farewell dinner and dance on the Saturday evening. Toasts were drunk and speeches were made. Among the many good ones I recall with particular pleasure Mr. Muir's, Mrs. Massey's (in French), Mme. Kundig's, and M. de Nobele's elegant demonstration of a Frenchman being witty in English; while Mr. Ifan Kyrle Fletcher's graceful performance as master of ceremonies showed that he has an alternative career awaiting him if he ever gets tired of bookselling. 
Agreeable, however, as was the sociable side of the conference; valuable as it was to exchange views with delegates from Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Holland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, not to mention an "observer" from the United States, in the person of Mr. Laurence Gomme (President of the recently-formed and not yet affiliated American Association); practically fruitful as may have been the presence of fifty foreign booksellers in London - one dealer alone did £2,000 worth of business with the visitors: yet the really important work was done in the business sessions of the conference. Despite the heat, the President's report, the budget, and a substantial list of agenda were thoroughly debated. And it was convincing evidence of the democratic character of the meeting that the voice of (say) the Norwegian delegate, representing an association of only half-a-dozen members, was heard as respectfully as that of the President of the French Syndicat, which numbers 360. English and French arc the official languages of the League; and it was fortunate that M. Kundig's exceptional talents as chairman included the ability to sum up, to persuade, to rally or to joke, with almost equal facility in either language.
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22nd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair - 2nd to 3rd November 2012

The hugely popular 22nd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair opens on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3, 2012 in the stunning Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road (opposite Sydney Street). Over 80 exhibitors will be taking part, both local and from around the UK and abroad, who specialise in all types of books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera.
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Book Traces Interview with Professor Andrew Stauffer

There's an exciting new project at the University of Virginia that highlights the significance of the book as a physical object and the individual histories of library books. At a moment in which the physicality of university libraries (and others across the country) are under threat of depletion due to the looming presence of the electronic text, we couldn't imagine a more compelling project than Book Traces. It's a crowd-sourced web project sponsored by NINES at the University of Virginia, and it's led by Andrew Stauffer, a professor of 19th-century literature at UVA. We had a chance to catch up with Professor Stauffer to ask some questions about the origins, current uses, and futures of Book Traces.
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Meet the ILAB Mentors – Anne Lamort

In December 2016, ILAB launched a new Mentoring Programme, which aims to help young or recently established booksellers throughout the world by offering support and counselling on a one on one basis.In our new series "Meet the ILAB Mentors", we would like to present those booksellers who are volunteering their time for newer entrants to the antiquarian and rare book trade!
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Booksellers on Tour – The Rare Book Trade in Iran

Does anyone know of any antiquarian booksellers in Iran? Follow Hugh Myers, cataloguer and researcher at Hordern House (Sydney, Australia), on his amazing trip through the country.
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