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ABA History

ABA History 1906-1984

Published on 21 July 2018
This short survey of the British ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS' ASSOCIATION consists of the account of its first half-century prepared by Dudley Massey for the fiftieth anniversary in 1956 (slightly revised) with a continuation to the present year by Martin Hamlyn. It was published in the ILAB Newsletter 36.
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ABA History

ABA History 1906-1984, Part 2

Published on 21 July 2018
At this point - except for a tributory bow towards all those, named or not, who had set and kept the ABA in motion, and a passage on the then imminent fiftieth anniversary and tenth Congress - Dudley Massey's account concludes. To the far from dauntless continuator its coverage seems considerable and its evidence of determined burrowing in files and minutes impressive.
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Collecting Artists' Books - Corrugations: Some Speculations on Australian Tin

The artist's book is a thriving art form in Australia. While books most typically convey ideas through their text, artists' books express meaning through a combination of illustrations, typography, and the form of the book itself. In Corrugations, Australian artist Katie Clemson worked in collaboration with the poet Anne Bell to capture the essence of the land where she grew up and create a tribute to a material that has become a characteristic part of Australia's architectural landscape: corrugated iron.
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Bibliographies - Anonym works

Online: Michael Holzmann und Hanns Bohatta, Deutsches Anonymen-Lexikon 1501-1850, 4 volumes
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Identifying Bookplates

Given a particular bookplate, there are a number of avenues of research which may yield useful information on the owner. There are biographical and heraldic reference works; bibliographies or lists of bookplates; major collections of bookplates in various institutions; journals devoted to the study of bookplates, or likely to contain articles concerning bookplates; published catalogues of exhibitions of bookplates; and books about bookplates and their history.
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Salon du Livre ancien et de la Bibliophilie de Lourmarin, 21 to 23 August, 2015

This Fair has become one of the most important bibliophilic events in France. From incunabula to modern first editions, thousands of books will be there waiting to be discovered, and with the new August dates, a numerous and informed public is expected.The beauty of the venue, the celebrated provençal gastronomy, the warmth of the sun as summer draws to a close. This and much more should seduce all connoisseurs of fine books and the pleasures of life.
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Where Goethe strolled around - ILAB Pop Up Book Fair in Königstein on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2015!

The staff of Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to be a part of the ILAB Pop Up Fairs across the world on April 23rd, 2015. They will "pop up" in the auction house together with two other colleagues from the area - Tresor am Römer, Buch- und Kunstantiquariat (Frankfurt) and C. Rinnelt, Antiquariat (Wiesbaden). Together the rare book dealers will welcome all who are interested in books, prints and manuscripts from 5 to 8 pm. Visitors will have the opportunity to browse the diversified sales proposals of the three antiquarian bookshops, to listen to Jazz music, to talk to like-minded people and, of course, all will be most welcome to participate in the worldwide fundraising campaign for the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan.
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The British Have Invaded, And They’ve Got Our Kids!

Now, for those of you unfamiliar with David A. Noebel's theories of Commie Rock-n-Roll Mind Control, here's a sample: "…The destructive music of the Beatles merely reinforces the excitatory reflex of the youth to the point where it crosses the built-in inhibitory reflex. This in turn weakens the nervous system to a state where the youth actually suffers a case of artificial neurosis. And the frightening, even fatal, aspect of this mental breakdown process is the fact that these teenagers, in this excitatory, hypnotic state, can be told to do anything – and they will…
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