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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
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The Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne, a hundred years young

Published on 27 March 2014
The Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) was founded in 1914. Its long history shows that the field of bookselling was quick to adopt a collective vision of its role in transmitting written heritage. Promoting and even defending antiquarian books and the reading thereof requires the combined efforts of the numerous players in the field of bookselling, each specializing in a given field but all contributing to achieving the same objective.
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Murray G. Hall - VAO and ILAB Patron of Honour

Published on 28 Nov. 2013
The Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VAO) is delighted to announce that Murray G. Hall has been awarded the ILAB Patron of Honour for his outstanding contributions within the world of bibliophily and for his numerous studies in the history of the book and its provenances.
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Pictures from Italy - ILAB President's Meeting in Siena, September 2013

Published on 02 Oct. 2013
"Siena is like a bit of Venice, without the water", Charles Dickens wrote in his "Pictures from Italy" (1846). Indeed, there are not enough words to describe the beauty of Siena in Tuscany, whose medieval centre has rightly been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Siena is famous for its art and culture, libraries and museums, the medieval cityscape and the Palio, a horse race held twice a year on the Piazza del Campo, and most of all: for its magnificent atmosphere. The four days in Siena from 26th to 29th September, 2013, brought together 18 presidents of the League's 22 member associations. They came along together with their spouses from the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Hungary, Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. Fabrizio Govi, president of the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI), was the perfect host and organizer. He did not spare any effort to make the stay of the ILAB delegates as comfortable as possible and went to great lengths to prepare a very enticing programme. It provided the ideal background for a President's Meeting that gave interesting insights into recent developments of the rare book business along with fruitful and controversial discussions about the future of the trade.
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Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography – R. J. Howgego’s Encyclopedia of Exploration

Published on 30 Aug. 2013
When the Prize Jury meets in fall 2013, its members - Felix de Marez Oyens (B.H. Breslauer Foundation), David Adams (Manchester University), Jean-Marc Chatelain (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Poul Jan Poulsen (Aldus Antikvariat), Umberto Pregliasco (Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco), and Arnoud Gerits (A. Gerits & Son) - will look over more than 70 bio-biographical studies on a wide range of subjects. One of them is Raymond John Howgego's Encyclopedia of Exploration.
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Wanted! Internships for Three Students from Russia and Scotland

Published on 28 Aug. 2013
A global "ILAB School" without borders: The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers offers internships to students and beginners in the rare book trade who wish to widen their knowledge through practical learning and to plug into the worldwide network of antiquarian bookselling. ILAB booksellers are very welcome to join the ILAB Internship Program and to provide young students an opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the international rare book business at any time and in any place in the world. Applicants are carefully chosen after they have contacted ILAB Vice-President Norbert Donhofer, who has initiated the Internship Program in 2009 together with Eric Waschke (Canada) and Professor Dr. Olga Tarakanowa (Moscow State University of the Printing Arts). Former interns spent six to eight weeks in Austria, Netherlands, Germany and Hungary (Alena Lavrenova and Anastasya Zhikhareva), Australia (Pavel Chepyzhov), the United Kingdom (Julia Kulyamzina) and the United States (Julia Kulyamzina). Right now ILAB is looking for the following internships:
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Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Michael Suarez & H. R. Woudhuysen: Oxford Companion to the Book

Published on 22 Aug. 2013
In short: it is THE book about books. The Oxford Companion is a unique work of reference about all aspects of the book including traditional subjects such as bibliography, palaeography, the history of printing, editorial theory and practice, textual criticism, collecting, and libraries as well as new aspects and developments that have come up in recent decades with electronic publishing. The Oxford Companion does not only cover every imaginable book-related subject, it does not only trace those subjects in the history of the book from ancient times to the present day. No: This impressive two-volume work also pays particular attention to how different societies shape books and how books shape societies - throughout the world, from Europe and North America to the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Ernst Fischer: Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

Published on 15 Aug. 2013
The seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933 was a decisive event also in the world of book collecting and antiquarian bookselling. Hundreds of rare book dealers, booksellers, publishers and auctioneers – among them the most famous of the trade – were murdered by the Nazis. Those who survived were forced to close their companies or they were forced to hand their antiquarian bookshops, publishing houses and auction houses over to the Nazis. Only if they left behind their whole existence was it possible for them to leave Nazi Germany and to escape to other countries all over the world. Some emigrants were fortunate enough to build up a new business in their new home country; a few of them became very successful, whereas other antiquarian booksellers or publishers never found their feet again.
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Melbourne - Hong Kong - Stuttgart - Ludwigsburg - San Francisco - Hobart - Six Rare Book Fairs All Around the World

In April 2011 the first issue of BookFare has been released. ANZAAB's new electronic newsletter, edited by Jörn Harbeck, informs about everything you need to know about the antiquarian book trade in Australia with articles on new books about books such as Stuart Kells' fascinating biography of Muriel and Kay Craddock Rare: A Life Among Antiquarian Books, catalogue announcements, a book fair and auction calendar as well as a very special review of the book fair season 2010/2011 written by ANZAAB members who have been busy participating in and visiting many book fairs in Australia and overseas.
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Shakespeare's First Folio Lends Drama to the Sydney ILAB Pop Up Bookfair on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day

24 hours of ILAB Pop Up Fairs across the world on April 23, 2015! This is how the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) will celebrate this year's UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. This important celebration of literacy, books and reading is held annually on April 23: Shakespeare's birthday. On this day ILAB antiquarian booksellers will be leaving their shops behind and gathering together with a small selection of their best stock to show what beautiful items they deal in. The first in a series of over twenty Pop Up Fairs from Australia to Asia, Africa, Europe and America will start in Sydney. And what location could be more appropriate for the Sydney launch than the State Library of New South Wales?
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The Salon International du Livre rare & de l’Autographe in Paris on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015!

Support the UNESCO Literacy Projects at the Salon International du Livre rare & de l'Autographe at the Grand Palais in Paris on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015! An affiliate of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM), along with ILAB, will participate in the worldwide celebrations on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day created in 1995 and taking place on 23 April each year.
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Sales higher in bookshops with cafés

Sales higher in bookshops with cafés: This is the astonishing insight taken from a statistical analysis by the Booksellers' Association. What shall we make out of it? Antiquarian bookshops offering tea and coffee with (on) leather bindings? First editions with red wine? Japanese block books with sushi?
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Rare Books in the Press: Boswell's Scottish Dictionary Rediscovered

No April fool: "A LOST dictionary of the Scots language compiled by the famous 18th century biographer James Boswell has been rediscovered after more than 200 years." The manuscript for Boswell's Scottish dictionary has been identified by Susan Rennie in the Bodleian Library (Oxford).
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