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Bookselling in Hard Times: “Will work for rare books”

Priding myself, as I do, on a majestic ignorance of bookselling history, I regret that I am unlikely to be able to provide you today with much of an historic overview of bookselling in hard times, beyond my own very personal experiences and observations. In early 1987, I cast all fate to the wind and declared myself a fulltime bookseller, after many years as a relatively low-level book collector and book scout. With the foresight and intuition for which I've now become famous, I did this pretty much immediately before the infamous Black Monday stock market crash of that October, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly a third of its value in the course of a single week.
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"The Discovery of the South Sea" - Lectures for Collectors at Dr. Paul Kainbacher’s Antiquarian Bookshop

The Austrian rare book dealer Dr. Paul Kainbacher invites collectors and bibliophiles to a series of "Bibliophile Evenings" at his antiquarian bookshop in Baden (near Vienna) with lectures and talks on the history of science, philosophy and art in connection with the presentation of rare and fine books and manuscripts. The first Bibliophile Evening on 8th November 2014 will focus on the discovery of the South Sea. Professor Dr. Hermann Mückler, South Sea expert at Vienna University, and Anke Oberlies of the German James Cook Society will talk about Austrian explorers, travelers and adventurers in the Southern Hemisphere and their travel accounts as well as about the famous travels of James Cook.
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Four of the Earliest (and Most Remarkable) Publisher's Dust Jackets

The subject of early dust jackets has been somewhat neglected in bookish circles. After all, how can plain (and often tattered) paper compete with a beautiful binding beneath? Yet early dust jackets have an important place in book history, one full of uncertainty and mystery. Initially, dust jackets were intended to be disposable and thus, most were discarded and destroyed. Few early examples now remain and no one knows with any certainty when dust jackets were first produced by publishers. Moreover, even in cases where early examples have survived, many later disappeared again and remain lost to this day. Below, we detail four of the earliest (and most remarkable) publisher's dust jackets.
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Ten Reasons to Buy from an ILAB Dealer

With the advent of the Internet anyone with a computer and a few books can set up as a rare bookseller, and it's occasionally difficult to tell who is an expert, who is a casual hobbyist, and who is an Internet scammer. Here are a few simple reasons to buy from an ILAB bookseller:
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Collecting Raymond Chandler

Chandler's first four novels in fine jackets The Big Sleep (1939), Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The High Window (1942), and The Lady in the Lake (1943), are the book collecting equivalent of big game.
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Reading Marathon in Budapest – A Living Symbol for the Importance of Literacy

1,800 antiquarian booksellers, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, in 30 cities, in all languages bringing rare books to the people and fighting for a more literate world – this is ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. And there is one ILAB bookseller in Hungary out of 1,800 affiliates across the world, who will be doing something really special.
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