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The ABA and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

Published on 27 March 2018
The ABA and ILAB look back at a long history. The ABA is relaunching its flagship fair in London this year, the oldest antiquarian book fair in the world, under the auspices of ILAB. This text by the late Anthony Rota, ABA bookseller and ILAB President of Honour, was published in 2008 in the ABA Directory.
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Video link to "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris" by Les Enluminures

On April 8, 2017, Christopher de Hamel and Sandra Hindman led a "Walking Tour of the Medieval Book Trade in Paris". Setting off from Notre-Dame, the small group of participants had the opportunity to step into the Middle Ages and learn all about the life and practice of illuminators, scribes, printers and binders. In the video - see link below - Les Enluminures presents snippets from the guided tour to discover.
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"The best bookstore has one copy of everything in it" - A Wake For The Still Alive: Peter B. Howard, Part 4

The first time I met Peter Howard, he was being guided to my booth at the Boston Book Fair by Harvey Tucker. His mission was to get possession of a rare book I had brought: H. L. Mencken's first book, Ventures Into Verse. Yes, there was some patter but there was also a kind of bravado, even macho; you could see it in the attitude of his hat and in the sudden way that the patter stopped and Peter got down to business. The old world gentility simply was not his style. It was refreshing even if a bit intimidating at times. Peter was not shy about his intent. The best antiquarian bookstore in the world, he let us know long ago, has one copy of everything in it. And our responsibility as booksellers on the road is to look at every rare book. It all sounds quite Faustian now. But Peter's great curiosity, his own willingness to share and to learn has never been lost on me or anyone close to him. There is always something possible about the most seemingly impossible task. To deny it is to throw down the gauntlet. And you really do not want to find yourself in that position with Peter.
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South Sea Adventures and Explorations – Third Bibliophile Evening at Paul Kainbacher Rare Books

Baden (Vienna), 26th September, 2015 - a must for collectors who are interested in rare and fine books on travel and exploration and for all, who are seeking adventures in literary or in real life travelling to one of the most inspiring, wild and romantic regions of the world: the South Sea. Dr. Paul Kainbacher invites customers and colleagues to go on a fascinating journey with books. The Third Bibliophile Evening at his antiquarian bookshop in Baden (Vienna) is dedicated to the history and exploration of the South Sea.
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The Collation - The New Blog of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger Library has started a new blog. The inaugural post explains the origin of the blog's name: Collation. This is a word with rich associations, many of which are of particular relevance to scholars. One definition refers to an intricate method of comparing copies of texts in search of differences.
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