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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
 
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Over 550 booksellers in 26 countries working together, achieving remarkable result in unprecedented campaign

Published on 08 Nov. 2018
“Amor Librorum Nos Unit” is the motto of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, ILAB, the international trade body for the rare book trade uniting booksellers across 36 countries. The motto has been quoted many times over the last few days and particularly the last few hours following an agreement with AbeBooks to reverse its decision to withdraw from a number of international markets.
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Discover Budapest & join rare booksellers at the next fair in September!

Budapest is one of Europe’s leading cultural destinations and is not only famous for its spas, café houses and architecture.
Hungary’s tradition in book culture goes as far back as the 10th century when traveling monks introduced the first codices, not long after the Magyar had conquered and settled in the Carpathian Basin. ...
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Eudora Welty

A well-known poet of our acquaintance used to refer to Eudora Welty as "Aunt Meatloaf." When queried about it, his justification was "Well, everyone likes meatloaf, don't they?"
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"Temples of Knowledge" & The Love of Books Part 1 of 3

For many ILAB affiliates and book collectors, August is the month of holidays, settling down with a book, of travel and exploring historic places. Why not be inspired by one of the many exceptional books on libraries and book history that were published over the course of last year? To be continued...
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Le manuscrit médiéval - The Medieval Manuscript

This blog by Jean-Luc Deuffic and Kate Maxwell is exclusively dedicated to medieval manuscripts, up to and including their relationships with early printing.
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Raymond Kilgarriff

Bookselling is speculation - chancing your arm and knowing that you have backed winners or losers.
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Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 12: Marketing Experiments

Another example of this synergy between the publishing and antiquarian businesses was brought about by an interesting request for bookbinding titles that we received from Marianne Tidcombe, noted English author (though American-born). Marianne told me that she was working on a project to honor Bernard Middleton, the pre-imminent English bookbinder. Important bookbinders around the world would be asked to contribute a gold-tooled binding on a copy of Middleton's memoirs that had been printed by hand by Henry Morris at his Bird & Bull Press. Twenty-five binders would be chosen and they would be paid for their work when (or if) the collection of bindings would be sold. I was asked to help find the binders, plan an Oak Knoll Press title describing this project which would be accompanied by full color plates of the bindings produced, and then sell the collection as a whole if possible, or piecemeal if it could not be sold as a collection. What a combination of antiquarian, new book, and publishing goals!
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