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The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Published on 12 June 2015
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

Published on 12 March 2015
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!

Published on 18 Feb. 2015
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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ILAB POP UP BOOK FAIRS ALL AROUND THE WORLD ON UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY, APRIL 23, 2015

Published on 06 Feb. 2015
LET'S PUT THE R A R E IN THE UNESCO WORLD BOOK & COPYRIGHT DAY! The UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated all over the world with a series of amazing events promoting the essence of reading and the culture of the book. On April 23, 2015, this day will be a special day for ILAB. In cooperation with UNESCO ILAB affiliates will organize Pop Up Book Fairs across the world. Starting the day in Australia, the fairs will open their doors in unusual places one after another from Australia to Asia, South Africa, Europe and the United States. There are only three things you need to do to organize an ILAB Pop Up Fair: Find a venue, set up some tables ... Invite colleagues to participate ... Invite your customers to come ... ... and get it started!
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A PhD on the history of ILAB! Congratulations to Alena Lavrenova!

Published on 08 Jan. 2015
Friday, 12th December 2014 was a great day for ILAB – and for Alena Lavrenova. On this day her thesis on the history of ILAB was publicly defended at Moscow State University of Printing Arts. The decision of the Council was positive and unanimous, it included a recommendation to further work in this field and to publish a monograph on the League's history in Russian and in English.
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UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day, April 23 2015 - Pop Up Book Fair Manual For First Time Organisers and Interested Others

Published on 04 Nov. 2014
"The 23rd of April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K. Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo. It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this regard, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day….
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Pop Up Book Fairs in the Press - Treasures abound as rare book fair pops up at National Library of Australia

Published on 30 Oct. 2014
In May 2014 The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) held a conference in Canberra: "The most agreeable servants of civilization" – Booksellers and librarians in a changing world. Rare book dealers and librarians were invited to discuss recent problems and perspectives of the rare book. And there waw a real first during that conference: a Pop Up Book Fair.
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Conference Report - Da Lucca a New York a Lugano. Giuseppe Martini libraio tra Otto e Novecento

Published on 23 Oct. 2014
From 17th to 18th October, bibliophiles, scholars and antiquarian booksellers met in Lucca (Italy) to hold an international conference in honour of the life, work and collections of Guiseppe Martini (1870-1944). The program included lectures by Laura Giambastiani (University of Florence), Piero Scapeechi (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze) and William Stoneman (Hougthon Library, Harvard University). ILAB President Norbert Donhofer and Fabrizio Govi, ALAI President and Secretary of the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, were among the key note speakers. A conference report by Edoardo Barbieri:
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Let's get going! ILAB Pop-UP-Fairs Worldwide on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 2015

Published on 23 Oct. 2014
I naturally like to regale the family over the supper table with all the latest news from the world of rare books. The family are slightly ambivalent about this: stifled yawns sometimes remain unstifled; eyes are exaggeratedly rolled; fathomless stupefactions of chronic boredom are elaborately mimed, and silent departures from the table to go and have a lie down are by no means unknown. Imagine then my surprise, my triumph, when I announced the concept of Pop-Up Bookfairs – and not just one or two, but a worldwide rolling twenty-four hour programme to celebrate a World Rare Book Day – fairs popping up all over the place, time-zone by time-zone, on a single day – right across the globe and all backed-up by the full might of social media. Tweet-pop, tweet-pop, from Australia to L.A. and beyond. Pictures, videos and reports on the web, YouTube, Instagram and wherever else anyone can think of. "That's brilliant. Absolutely brilliant", said Daughter No. 1. "Oh, you are soooo twenty-first century", said Daughter No. 2. "We've got a trestle table", said my dear wife, fondly imagining that the number of books in the house might actually decrease if I popped out for a pop-up. Incredible. I had managed to hold their attention for – oh – thirty or forty seconds. Well, twenty anyway.
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Amsterdam 2019 & The new Joint Dutch Catalogue

One of Europe's highlights in the fair calendar, the Amsterdam International Antiquarian Book & Map Fair opens this weekend!
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The Remarkable Martin Stone: Remembering the Celebrated Rare Book Dealer and Blues Guitarist (Limited edition)

Rare book blog Booktryst has just announced the publication of its newest book and first fine press edition, The Remarkable Martin Stone: Remembering the Celebrated Rare Book Dealer and Blues Guitarist.
The book honours and remembers the life of Martin Stone with contributions from colleagues in the book trade, writers, actors, friends and book collectors.
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Graphic Novels and The Private Library

Rare books, modern first editions - graphic novel? "Book collectors, like any other group of human beings, have their faults. One of the most common is that we too often dismiss out-of-hand any sort of book collecting that does not appeal to us personally." Author and librarian L. D. Mitchell about the joy of collecting the extraordinary.
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From Dickens to Hitchcock to the Sex Pistols! - “Written” Highlights at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair 2012

"We are very pleased about the new location, which will make the 2012 the biggest and best yet; more exhibitors, more books, maps, prints, ephemera & manuscripts in a bigger and better hall providing more space on stands, wider aisles, with ample space to sit and relax in three different cafés. We are delighted that the ABA's partner will be the National Trust, which will be promoting the many important libraries, containing over 2 million books, under its management" (Brian Lake) A hand-written account of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens and the original illustrations for Roald Dahl's Danny, Champion of the World are among the 'written' wonders that will be on sale at the 55th London International Antiquarian Book Fair. The Fair, which will be held for the first time in the bigger National Hall at Olympia (London W14) from Thursday, 24th May to Saturday, 26th May, 2012 has more exhibitors than ever before, who are travelling from all corners of the globe to take part in the oldest Fair in the UK.
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People, Prints and Progress – Or, Why are Prints Important?

First, the basics: a print is a repeatable image made by a variety of processes, usually on paper or fabric (sometimes other materials like treated animal skin). Ink is transferred from the printing surface – usually a metal plate, woodblock or limestone block – by exerting pressure, usually by means of a press. The most widely practised traditional processes include woodcut and linocut, etching, engraving, lithography, and, in the 20th century, screenprinting. One person's idea of what constitutes a print is often very different to another's. For much of my specialist period, the 18th and 19th centuries – much of it pre-photography – printing was the only medium of mass visual communication. So the prints I sell can be illuminating 'primary sources' for our history.
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