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17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018 – The new Prize Jury has been established!

Published on 21 July 2018
The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense (textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc.). The jury will not take into consideration ebooks and catalogues of books intended for sale and translations of previously published works. The books can be submitted to the prize at any time but latest by the end of April in 2017 by sending a single copy to the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi.
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Why ILAB?

Published on 21 July 2018
Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names? The answers are to be found in this weeks' issue of Sheppard's Confidential, featuring an article by Norbert Donhofer, in which he asks "Why ILAB?" and sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.
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Promote the ILAB Metasearch – with a new WordPress plugin!

Published on 21 July 2018
Do you have a blog or website built with WordPress? If so, ILAB has a plugin created especially for you. Enable it on your website and the ILAB search engine will be available to everyone who comes to your site. Sitting unobtrusively in your sidebar, it will beckon all bibliophiles to explore the offerings of the world's greatest booksellers without having to leave your domain. iscovering this powerful search tool on your blog may even encourage some new visitors to bookmark your site and return to your home page the next time they want to look for books.
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When will we meet again? - First impressions from the ILAB Congress in Paris 2014

Published on 21 July 2018
It was his first ILAB Congress – and certainly not the last one. Peter Fritzen, a specialist for rare books, maps and prints who runs a wonderful bookshop in Trier (Germany), was among the – regrettably - very few German dealers who took part in the 41st ILAB Congress in Paris from 13th to 16th April 2014. If you read his enthusiastic report, you will soon realize why ILAB Congresses are so special and why you, for sure, will not miss the next big event in Hungary in 2016.
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New ILAB Directory to be published in 2015 – Buy adverts now!

Published on 21 July 2018
The world's expert antiquarian booksellers - in 1 book! The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is pleased to announce that the next edition of the ILAB Directory will be published in January 2015. It contains all names, addresses and specialities of the ILAB dealers who are organized in 22 national associations and who are located in 34 countries all over the world.
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À Paris: Food, Wine, and Rare Books!

Published on 21 July 2018
This month marked the 100th anniversary of Syndicat Nationale de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, better known to the rare book world as SLAM. In conjunction with this momentous occasion, SLAM not only hosted the International Antiquarian Book Fair at Paris' Grand Palais but also followed this by coordinating the 2014 ILAB Congress, April 13 to 16, whereat over 100 colleagues from around the globe gathered to celebrate not only their vocation, but also their avocation. Both the book fair and the Congress were fantastic events where numerous bibliophilic treasures were seen by all that attended. These bookish wonders aside, the collegiality alone would have made the trip worthwhile – though the exceptional food and wine cannot be discounted! In honor of our Parisian adventure, Tavistock Books is pleased to present a list of books connected to France and French. Should you have a question about any item, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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41st ILAB Congress & 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair - Official Welcome by ILAB President Norbert Donhofer

Published on 21 July 2018
Paris for the 41st ILAB Congress, preceded by the 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair and coinciding with the centenary of the Syndicat Français de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM). In his welcome speech ILAB President Norbert Donhofer traced the lines of SLAM's history, which is the second oldest antiquarian booksellers' association worldwide and one of the biggest and most influential organizations of the rare book trade.
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One Week in Paris - 41st ILAB Congress and 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair

Published on 21 July 2018
We meet on Facebook, we talk in Tweets. Why bother to travel a long way to meet real people? Why not? Have you ever attended an ILAB Congress? Have you ever met in Bologna, Lucerne, Tokyo, Sydney, Amsterdam, Munich, London, Brussels, New York, Edinburgh, Venice, San Francisco or Scandinavia? No? - YOU MISSED A GREAT OPPORTUNITY! ILAB Congresses and International Antiquarian Book Fairs are the real thing: They offer the chance to meet colleagues, collectors, librarians and real books, and the chance for collectors, librarians and real books to meet us! This is unique.
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ILAB History

Bob Fleck

I first met Bob Fleck in 1998 in Vienna during an ILAB Congress. My husband was then a member of ILAB’s internet sub-committee chaired by Bob. He gave me the impression of a jovial man, yet with a head for serious matters, always keeping in mind long term goals and finding ways to achieve them.
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Peter Murray Hill

Peter Auriol Murray Hill, who served as ABA president in 1956-1957, was born on 20th April 1908 at Bushey in Hertfordshire, the son of George Murray Hill, a solicitor, and his second wife Ida Stogdon, who had married in 1907 ... His introduction to the presidency of the ABA was overshadowed by the furore surrounding the auction-ring which had carved up the Lowther Castle library in late 1955. The ABA was attacked in the House of Commons (see the comment and link below from Adrian Seville) and publicly humiliated in the press. The Times led off with a Saturday leader headed "This Shabby Business" and, following a reply from the ABA, followed up with "Only a Little Crooked". The second leader began, "For a body concerned with the written word the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association is singularly inept in its public statements".
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The Finer Print - Growing Concern Over Facsimile Jackets

A few weeks ago a longtime collector sent us a few books to sell on consignment. His is a major collection of twentieth-century literature, including a healthy number of the desirable high spots acquired from many of the most respected dealers in the trade.
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Nigel Beale and Terry Cook on the Importance of History, and the neglect of Library and Archives Canada

Nigel Beale met Terry Cook to discuss the challenges facing libraries and archives worldwide, conflicting mandates, the differences between born and made digital material, and the importance of source documents.
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Collecting Nobel Prize in Literature Winners

With the Frankfurt Book Fair coming up this week and the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 Leah Dobrinska of Books Tell You Why focuses on a very special book collecting theme: "Awarded each year since 1901 (except in 1914, 1918, 1935, 1940, 1941, 1942, and 1943), the Nobel Prize in Literature is an obvious litmus test for exceptional writers. While there have, of course, been a fair share of "snubs" in the past 100+ years, many of the greatest authors in recent history bear the title "Nobel laureate." As a result, collecting Nobel Prize winners makes good sense: there's a list to follow; a new author is chosen each year from all around the globe, allowing for an eclectic reach (many congratulations to the 2015 winner from Belarus, Svetlana Alexievich!); and your collection will be filled with the best of the best." Read more:
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Man Behind the Beloved Freddy Series

George Orwell's Animal Farm (1945) is synonymous with talking animals, but Orwell wasn't the first to populate a novel with anti-establishmentarian, anthropomorphic animals. Walter R Brooks created the beloved Freddy the Pig and his friends on Bean Farm almost two decades earlier. Though Brooks' Freddy books aren't as overtly political as Orwell's work, they do depict animals overcoming corrupt authority. Brooks had a rich, varied literary career that included not only the Freddy novels, but also numerous short stories, editorials, and literary reviews
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