It has been 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, condemning the corrupt practice of indulgences. This single act marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, a worldwide movement whose legacy can still be felt today, especially in Germany.
Why visit one book fair, if you can have two? The 52nd Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will open its doors to visitors from 25th to 27th January 2013. Only ten minutes away by underground the Antiquaria / Ludwigsburg will be held from 24th to 26th January 2013. At one weekend bibliophiles will have the chance to browse the exceptional offers of more than 130 rare booksellers - for one ticket. This is unique in Germany. Among the dealers from Europa and abroad are many Austrian colleagues. For this reason Dieter Tausch, President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, reviews both book fair catalogues, and he says: If you go to Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg you will realize that the rare book trade has reached the 21st century.
After the Renaissance, libraries found themselves faced with the task of solving hitherto unknown problems of internal organization; and again after the Enlightenment had produced the type of the scholarly reference library, the nineteenth century found itself harried by a series of grave new problems of organization. As the Renaissance was ushered in, large numbers of books had been transferred to new owners, and this took place at the beginning of the Enlightenment to an even greater degree. In the earlier age the Reformation had provided the impetus; now it was the French Revolution.
In November 2014, professional antiquarian booksellers from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, England, Austria, France, and Hungary will gather in Copenhagen for one of the biggest antiquarian book fairs ever held in Scandinavia. The Danish Antiquarian Booksellers Association, ABF, is excited to be hosting the annual fair, which alternates between Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Apart from the many books on all subjects and in all price-ranges which will be offered for sale by the antiquarian booksellers, private book collectors will present treasures from their libraries in a number of exhibtions, featuring for example:
Specialist online auctions for rare books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography: AntiquarianAuctions.com has been developed by Clarke's Africana & Rare Books (ABA member) and over the past five years have run over seventy successful online auctions.