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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
CABS 2018
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Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Honoured by a $1 Million Donation

Published on 23 Oct. 2018
Message from Sally Burdon, ILAB President: 41 years of supporting and educating booksellers is a long and proud record. This summer, just like the 40 before that, the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS) guided and supported another 50 would-be booksellers, more experienced booksellers, librarians and collectors through the intricacies of the antiquarian trade.
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Book Collecting in Norway

"Oslo has Norway's greatest concentration of antiquarian bookstores, many within an easy walk of each other in the center of this city of 550,000. One of the largest and oldest is J. W. Cappelens Antikvariat." Erica Olsen visited the Norwegian antiquarian bookshops for the Fine Books & Collections magazine.
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Law Books: History & Connoisseurship - Summer Course, Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

Greetings from Rare Book School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia! This summer Rare Book School is excited to offer a course designed specifically for law librarians and scholars and collectors interested in law books. Law Books: History & Connoisseurship surveys printed and manuscript legal materials in Anglo-American, European, and Latin American Law. Taught by Mike Widener, Rare Book Librarian at the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School, this course introduces students to legal bibliography and curation and instructs students on how focused, useful collections of law books are built. Students will explore the production and distribution of law books, the philosophy and techniques of collecting, and will develop bibliographical tools through hands-on laboratory sessions. This course will be taught in New Haven, Connecticut during the week of July 28–August 1.
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Collecting - Colortext Maps of the 1930s

Beginning in 1935 a Chicago publisher, Colortext Publications Inc., issued a series of arresting color pictorial maps, chiefly of European countries, that employ, in the map's title, the prefix "The Story Map of …" followed by the country or locale's name. The maps were intended to convey significant aspects of history and culture pictorially, employing images of places, persons, or design motifs associated with a given nation's or geographical region's cultural identity. Unfortunately, very little is known about Colortext's origins, the personnel involved in its operations, or those individuals responsible for most of the maps that were produced. Thus a primary objective of this site is to call attention to the firm and its activities with the hope that new information regarding the company and the cartographers involved in its product will be forthcoming.
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The Rare Book Trade - Let it Bleed!

Back in the Stone Age, which is where I'm from, if you made your living in the used book trade, you had a shop or you worked in one. Oh, there were a few people who were smart enough to make their livings as book scouts – selling quality material to dealers and institutions – or organized enough to run mail order search services, which found obscure tomes for customers and quoted books to want ads in places like AB Magazine. Most of us, though, had open shops. These places served as many functions as we owners could contrive - social centers, store rooms, tax writeoffs, financial burdens, places of escape and, of course, the base of operations for whatever book scouting or mail order we might do to supplement our off-the-street incomes.
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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Before the first International ILAB Congress and Fair in Budapest in September, we would like you to have a glimpse into its programme. First of all, we have prepared a brief series on the most prestigious libraries and sights of Budapest, continuing with the Lázár Equestrian Park.
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Yale Law Library - Rare Books Library Tour on Video

The Lillian Goldman Law Library possesses one of the world's finest collections of printed legal materials. These collections are complemented by access to a growing array of online sources, as well as the collections housed nearby, including the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.Yale Law School Rare Book librarian Mike Widener takes bibliophiles on a tour of the history and unique collections of rare books at the Yale Law School. Kaitlin Thomas, Office of Public Affairs, organized the project and conducted the interview.
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