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How James Boswell Revolutionized Copyright Law

Born on October 29, 1740 James Boswell is best remembered for his momentous Life of Johnson. Often regarded as the most important biography written in the English language, Boswell's masterpiece is certainly an incredible contribution to the world of literature and books. But during his own lifetime, Boswell was much better known for another contribution: his role in the establishment of new copyright law for the United Kingdom.
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Apply for Scholarship - ILAB Congress Los Angeles February 2018

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Elisabeth Woodburn Fund is proud to give the opportunity to THREE YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 43rd ILAB Congress!National associations are asked to nominate a young antiquarian of their choice by 31 July 2017 and submit a short CV for the applicant and a brief recommendation by the president of the national association...
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Zurich, 23 April 2015 - Celebrate the Art of the Book in Switzerland with an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair!

Zurich, the city of banks and books, where Thomas Mann bought his favourite cigars and the avant-garde artists met in the famous Cabaret Voltaire, home to August Laube Buch- und Kunstantiquariat. The company, founded by August Laube senior in Zurich in the year 1922, was taken over by his son, August Laube junior in 1973. The latter continued dealing in Swiss prints (Helvetica) and 15th to 19th Century Illustrated Books while expanding the field to Old and Modern Master Prints and Drawings, from the beginnings to Classical Modern, at the same time. In all those fields, the company continues to be active, now in the third generation run August Laube's granddaughter Brigitta Laube Oppliger.
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ILAB CONGRESS, BUDAPEST 2016 - CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP FOR TWO YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS

The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association is proud to give the opportunity to TWO YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS to participate in the 42nd ILAB Congress in Budapest between 21 and 23 September, 2016. Please send us the application of any young antiquarian of your choice by 31 May, 2016 consisting of the short CV of the applicant and a brief recommendation by the president of the national association stating why the particular candidate would benefit from participating in the congress, how he would enrich his/her home association and contribute to the event. Having received all applications, the Hungarian association together with the leaderships of ILAB will select the two fortunate candidates whose congress fee and hotel expenses will be covered by the Hungarian association, leaving only the travel costs to be paid from own sources.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Two from the The Archangel Press

This year I finally tracked down a copy of Abraham Lincoln Gillespie's The Shaper, which is as far as I know is not only the first separately published work by the poet, but also the only work published in his lifetime. The Shaper was published by the Archangel Press, a press I know nothing about, but which published another one of my favorite books of visual poetry - Kenneth Lawrence Beaudoin's 6 Eye Poems. Today I got to put the two works, which are presented in a uniform format, side by side. Both are among the strangest, most overlooked works of visual poetry that I know of, and represent a little documented strand of visual poetry in the United States.
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Umberto Eco (1932-2016)

I was deeply saddened upon learning of the death of Umberto Eco, Patron of Honor of ILAB and ALAI, philosopher, scientist, homme de lettres, customer and friend to so many of us. I am extremely grateful to have met this outstanding person many times, and I remember the many discussions about books with him during the book fairs in Milano. He was, by all fair means, a brilliant thinker and an extremely cultivated and educated man. What probably counts even more, is the fact that he had a critical look on his beloved country, Italy, and he didn't hesitate to oppose many politicians whenever he had the feeling that they were wrong.
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