ILAB bookseller Kay Craddock was recently awarded the Lord Mayor's Commendation, an initiative by the City of Melbourne that recognizes small businesses that have operated continuously for at least 50 years. An idea that could be replicated in other cities.
A great place to deal with rare and beautiful books, right in the heart of Vienna, a few steps away from the State Opera House and the "Museums-Quartier", next to the National Library and the famous Art Museum: Robert Schoisengeier has been running the Antiquariat Burgverlag in Vienna (Burgring 1 + 3) for many years. He is specialized in rare and fine books on art, architecture and literature with a main interest in illustrated books, prints and drawings. Schoisengeier exhibits at the international antiquarian book fairs, publishes catalogues, offers his books in the internet and – most of all – owns one of the most wonderful antiquarian bookshops. Now Robert Schoisengeier and his shop were featured in the TV series "Aufgetischt".
More than 2000 antiquarian booksellers – in 34 countries – organized in 22 national associations – ILAB is the true global network uniting the leading experts of the rare book trade worldwide. Three days of meetings preceded the official opening of ILAB's 39th Congress: The ILAB Committee met on Saturday 18th September in the wonderful rooms of the San Giorgio in Poggiale Library. The Church was built at the end of the 16th century and kept by The Servite Order, then by the Jesuit Fathers; its library holds a rich heritage of manuscripts, incunabula, 16th century books, edicts, public notices and inscriptions.
In the evening the Committee members climbed high to the top of the Prendiparte Tower (59 m) - which once was a prison, and enjoyed a spectacular view of the old city from the terrace. The buffet, and the singing of the part time prisoners was legendary.
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Another exciting event down under: The State Library of Victoria announces the schedule of the 9th Australian and New Zealand Rare Books Summer School to be held at the library from 10th to 14th February, 2014. The program includes lectures and courses on books on architecture and design, natural history illustration, and private presses.
Only three issues of Theo were published, but it still took me a couple of years to track down a complete set. I'd been fascinated by the magazine ever since I first ran across a copy of number 2, which has a rather unique design; the covers are stapled off center, so that the fore edge is layered; the front wrap ends before the first leaf, so that the name of each contributor is visible, and the rear wrap extends past the text block.
This year, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ) celebrates its 50th anniversary. On this occasion the Japanese rare book dealers invited colleagues and bibliophiles from all across the world to meet in Tokyo for an International Antiquarian Book Fair in March 2015. ILAB President Norbert Donhofer officially opened the fair on 5th March together with ABAJ President Masaji Yagi and ILAB Member of Honour Mitsuo Nitta in a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony. In his speech he thanked ABAJ for its various contributions to ILAB within the past 50 years and spoke about the present challenges ILAB has to face.