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Oak Knoll Press publishes "ILAB Historical Index" - Celebrating 70 Years of ILAB

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2018. Oak Knoll Press has just published the League's "Historical Index", compiled by ILAB bookseller Nevine Marchiset.
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The Smell of Books - "Experimental Historic Preservation"

Back in 2009 we reported about a project and group of scientists who tried to prove that one can determine the age and condition of a book by its smell. Now eight years later, the New York Times has just released an article about "The Smell of Books" and the "experimental historic preservation" class at Columbia University around professor Jorge Otero-Pailos. What keeps us fascinated by the smell of a library? Does the smell of old books let us travel in time or can it bring back memories? New York's Morgan Library opened for this experiment. Do we need to preserve the smell of books in our digital age?
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23rd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair from 1st to 2nd November 2013

The 23rd Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall in the King's Road, London, on 1st and 2nd November 2013. Over its life, the Chelsea fair has become a fixture in the November calendar for book collectors and dealers from Britain, Europe and America. Warmer than Boston, more intimate than York, less formal than Paris – Chelsea has it all. Most of our exhibitors come back year after year, and that's because sales continue to increase, and the customers return, again and again.
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John Lawson - Obituary by Nicolas Barker

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of John Lawson, who served as ILAB Vice President from 1979 - 1981 and as ILAB President from 1982 - 1984.
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