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Published on 26 Feb. 2020
A FUN WAY TO FLIP THROUGH RARE BOOKS LA BIBLIOPHILIE EN S'AMUSANT Extrait: "... Nous sommes en 1711. Les bagarres entre barbiers et chirurgiens sont en train de s’estomper. Pour comprendre les rivalités qui les opposèrent jusqu’alors, il est bon de comprendre que l’exercice de la main sur le corps était de la compétence non de la médecine mais de la chirurgie, que l’art de raser et de faire le poil n’en était pas exclu et que cette spécialité était aussi… celle des barbiers. Bien que ça ne rue plus dans les brancards, il faudra cependant patienter jusqu’à la déclaration du 23 avril 1743, pour que la barberie soit enfin totalement séparée de la chirurgie..."
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Bibliography Week New York 21 - 25 January 2020

Published on 14 Jan. 2020
BIBLIOGRAPHY WEEK happens each year in New York City at the end of January when the principal national organizations devoted to book history have their annual meetings. Other groups plan interesting events, too, since so many bibliophiles are in town. Some events (not noted here) are open to members only, but mostly you are encouraged to show up everywhere: get a sense of what is going on in the book world, hear some interesting papers, schmooze over cocktails ...
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Betty Smith

December 15 is the birthday of writer Betty Smith (1896), whose first novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943), became an instant bestseller. The semi-autobiographical book chronicles the struggles of an Irish-American family in New York City in the early part of the 20th century. The title is a reference to the Tree of Heaven, an invasive species from China that is found on vacant lots in New York. Its struggles for survival are the central metaphor of the book.
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John Bidwell: A Life in Libraries, Thanks to Gutenberg

Dr. John Bidwell received his master's at Columbia's School of Library Service and his doctorate in English from Oxford. "I've had no other job but to work in libraries since I was a college undergraduate", he says. "As soon as I realized it was time for me to go back to graduate school, I knew I wanted to work in rare book libraries, and that's all I've done." For The New York Times John Bidwell explains, what makes books rare, why books become rare, and what is his most favourite book among the treasures of J.P. Morgan and Museum.
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Place a bid on a rare book to support literacy! An interview with Paul Mills of

When the Mexican wave of ILAB Pop Up Fairs reaches South Africa on 23 April 2015, a very special and generous event dedicated to the ILAB fundraising campaign on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day will come to an exciting end. Cape Town based antiquarian bookseller Paul Mills and are offering a charity item in auction #42 to support the UNESCO literacy projects in South Sudan. In an interview on South African Fine Music Radio, Paul Mills tells us why it is most fascinating to be an antiquarian bookseller affiliated to ILAB, why the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and rare books are really amazing, and why it is so important to support UNESCO's literacy projects in South Sudan!
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: John Kennedy Toole

Toole's story is well-known, but if you don't already know it, he killed himself in despair when he couldn't get A Confederacy of Dunces (1980) published. His mother haunted publishers until, with the help of Walker Percy, she managed to get LSU to publish the book, the first work of fiction from that publisher. To everyone's surprise, the book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1981. The boards of the book seem to warp or splay pretty easily, but copies with just a little splaying probably shouldn't be rejected out of hand, unless you really want to be a stickler. The jacket is uncoated, and primarily black, so its hard to find copies that don't have at least some rubbing.
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In Memoriam Menno Hertzberger (1897 - 1982)

For Menno Hertzberger the addition 'Internationaal' to his firm's name was not just an embellishment: From the very beginning onwards his business was internationally orientated, and it aimed for a wide public of bookcollectors, librarians and fellow-dealers. As early as 1921 Menno held his first auction-sale and he soon became known as an important auctioneer as well. The growth of the firm necessitated a move to larger premises and in 1935 the firm's new address became Keizersgracht 610 in Amsterdam, a large and elegant house along one of the famous canals. Menno Hertzberger, the Father of the League, died in 1986. Bob de Graaf's obituary characterizes him as a truly international antiquarian bookseller and a man with a vision: to unite dealers worldwide under one roof, the ILAB.
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