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Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

Abraham Horodisch

Published on 20 Sept. 2013
Horodisch wuchs in einer wohlhabenden, assimilierten und gebildeten Bankiersfamilie auf, die aus Angst vor den antisemitischen Unruhen aus dem zaristischen Russland 1906 nach Königsberg in Ostpreußen gezogen war. Nach seiner Gymnasialzeit studierte der mehrsprachig erzogene Horodisch auf Drängen des Vaters von 1915-1918 Wirtschaftslehre an den Universitäten Berlin und Frankfurt I Main und schloss das Studium mit der Dissertation ab.
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ILAB History

Published on 17 July 2013
Today the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers unites 22 national associations under one roof. Some of them had already been established when the League was founded in 1947/1948. Five of them were the driving forces: the antiquarian booksellers of Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands.
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Preliminary Conference

Published on 17 July 2013
In 1947 representatives from Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands met in Amsterdam for a Preliminary Conference. They discussed Hertzberger’s idea of forming an organization that counteracted the animosity and suspicion engendered by the Second World War. The new International League of Antiquarian Booksellers should foster friendship and understanding between the nations as the mutual basis for a fair and professional trade in the future.
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Cervantes, UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day and the International Rare Book & Autograph Fair in Paris 2016

While ILAB booksellers gather across the world to celebrate UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day on 23 April 2016 with Pop Up fairs, lectures, exhibitions, and book parties at many busy and unexpected places from Australia to Asia, South Africa, all over Europe and the United States, there will be a REALLY BIG event – the elegant, refined Parisian book fair held in the sophisticated surroundings of the Grand Palais.
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Barbara Grigor-Taylor

“The only difficulty I've ever had in my life is keeping up with myself.” Barbara Grigor-Taylor is a trans-oceanic sailor, mountaineer and travel bookseller of inter Continental experience. She is no armchair traveller, and little has fallen into her lap. It has been a hard but exhilarating career with some daunting ups and downs which Barbara has negotiated with the agility of a mountaineer. “If someone puts a brick wall in front of me, I'll go over it.”
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Rare Books in the Press - Key Workers: Writers at their Typewriters

Mark Twain was the first author to submit a typed manuscript in 1883. Since then authors have been devoted to their typewriters. For many of them it was a kind of love affair, a private room within the private house, or a refuge on travels in the anonymous settings of a hotel room. With notebook and iPad, this era comes to an end. The Guardian looks back on some of the iconic images of writer and their keyboards. A brilliant picture story featuring Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Francoise Sagan, William Faulkner, Brendan Behan, Agatha Christie.
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La Bibliophilie in France - Part 1 of 3 & The ILAB Breslauer Prize For Bibliography

In time with the Paris International Antiquarian Book Fair 2018, we would like to present some outstanding French publications that were submitted for the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018.
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Intellectual Gluttony - Philosophy Against the Abundance of Books, from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel and Nietzsche

A characteristic feature of Modernity is the contempt of too much food - and books. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche considered the abundance of books to be unhealthy. In their view, both libraries and human thinking should be restricted to a moderate amount of keeping and reading "the right books". At the same time health fanatics, physicians and the ever rising fashion industry put the world on a diet. The ideal of physical slimness and the contempt of too much food (and drinks, of course) coincides with the philosophical ideal of "intellectual slimness", writes Manfred Schneider, professor of German Literature and Media at the University of Bochum. In his historical outline he describes how philosophers from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger condemned the abundance of books in libraries and how they fought against, what they thought to be, intellectual gluttony.
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