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BUDAPEST 2016 - THE MEETING PLACE FOR ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

After Paris, Lucerne, Bologna and Madrid book dealers and book collectors will meet in Budapest for the 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016. The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (MAE) and its President Ádám Bősze are organizing an exciting congress programme that will show the delegates from across the world that Budapest is a city with many faces: the old Hungarian capital full of books and music, history and tradition and at the same time a lively and busy Eastern European centre full of young and amazing cultural concepts.
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Diana Parikian’s Swansong

Diana Parikian, one of the most g ift, hardworking and highly regarded booksellers in the trade, recently announced her 'retirement', prompting the above remark in The Book Collector. Diana created whole fields of collecting interests and library trends, from emblem books to Wunderkammer, and many a rare book collector and librarian is indebted to her. Her finds include neo-Latin Renaissance literature, early theatre, opera libretti, documents of art history as well as forays into conjuring and cookery. Diana belongs to that small group of booksellers who actually read, or at least browse, the contents of obscure books, in Latin. Italian and French, to discover some unknown feature. She has published 80 catalogues over the last 45 years.
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Collecting - Postwar Germany in the Works of W.G. Sebald

Whose role is it to write postwar German fiction? Since World War II ended, numerous writers of great acclaim have come out of West Germany and the GDR, and later from reunified Germany. For instance, you might be familiar with the works of the West German novelists Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass, or with the GDR literature of Christa Wolf. While many writers of the immediate postwar period returned to the rise of Nazi Germany and its aftermath in their works, W.G. Sebald is a bit of an interesting case.
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Rare Books for All Generations on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day

One of the Russian booksellers, Olga Shibalkina, runs Biblio-Globus: the biggest bookshop in Russia with over 250,000 titles in stock and about 3500 books, prints and objects of art in the antiquarian book department. And here, at Biblio-Globus in the city centre of Moscow, the Russian rare book dealers will pop up at UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, with a fascinating series of events initiated by three women booksellers: Olga Tarakanova, Professor at the Moscow State University of Printing Arts and President of GAK, Vice-President Ekaterina Kukhto of Biblionne and Olga Shibalkina of Biblio-Globus.
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From Clay to Clouds – The Evolution of the Catalogue (2000 BC – 21st Century)

Since the beginnings in the second millennium BC, the catalogue has accompanied the history and development of our written heritage. With its complex and at the same time precise concept and structure, the catalogue represents a fundamental ambition which is the origin of science and culture: to name, to describe and to classify the universe. Catalogues allow us to find taxonomies for the elements and all aspects of nature, nomenclatures to identify the stars, and devices to find access to our written heritage, to education and learning as well as to trade and economics and to the printing of books.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Short Story and The Private Library (Part IV)

It is perhaps unsurprising that short stories are well-suited to children's literature. After all, the oral storytelling traditions from which short stories arose included tales considered particularly appropriate to children -- fables, parables and fairy tales, for example, have all traditionally been used to make moral instruction more palatable to youngsters. Because short stories for children so often take advantage of folkloric elements, many of these (such as legends and tall tales) appeal as much to adults as they do to children. Do not, however, be deceived: short stories for children are every bit as challenging to write well as are short stories for adults. Authors who can do this consistently deserve their fame.
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