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Rare Books in the Press: Bibliophilia for Beginners

"You may think that no gift could be safer or tamer than a book. Rare books, however, are a different beast—if you're planning to buy one for a friend, or to treat yourself, remember the advice that is always given about dogs: They are not just for Christmas. In Arturo Pérez-Reverte's thriller "The Dumas Club," the satanic book dealer Varo Borja declares: "Becoming a book collector is like joining a religion: It's for life." All collecting is a disease, but lusting after rare books often strikes those without the bug as deranged. Unlike paintings or fine furniture, say, books are intrinsically mass-produced objects. What's more, you can look at a watercolor or a piece of porcelain without doing it any damage, but—according to the memoirs of the writer and collector John Baxter—a rare book loses $5 in value every time you open it."
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Nominated for the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography – R. J. Howgego’s Encyclopedia of Exploration

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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"The Discovery of the South Sea" - Lectures for Collectors at Dr. Paul Kainbacher’s Antiquarian Bookshop

The Austrian rare book dealer Dr. Paul Kainbacher invites collectors and bibliophiles to a series of "Bibliophile Evenings" at his antiquarian bookshop in Baden (near Vienna) with lectures and talks on the history of science, philosophy and art in connection with the presentation of rare and fine books and manuscripts. The first Bibliophile Evening on 8th November 2014 will focus on the discovery of the South Sea. Professor Dr. Hermann Mückler, South Sea expert at Vienna University, and Anke Oberlies of the German James Cook Society will talk about Austrian explorers, travelers and adventurers in the Southern Hemisphere and their travel accounts as well as about the famous travels of James Cook.
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Conference Report - Da Lucca a New York a Lugano. Giuseppe Martini libraio tra Otto e Novecento

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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“Gelos” – Rare Book Auctions in Russia

Gelos was established in Moscow in 1988 and is renowned for being the leading Fine Art and Antiquities auctioneers throughout Russia, with offices throughout Europe in Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Prague, Riga, Warsaw and, recently opened, in London (Knightsbridge). It is the largest auction house in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The company carries out appraisals and makes expert examinations, holds auction sales, sells antiquities from its galleries and salons, forms private and corporate collections. Selling at auctions is generally practised and widely spread in the West. On the Russian market Gelos' activities are innovative. A report by Alena Lavrenova.
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