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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

Before the first International ILAB Congress and Fair in Budapest in September, we would like you to have a glimpse into its programme. First of all, we have prepared a brief series on the most prestigious libraries and sights of Budapest, continuing with the Lázár Equestrian Park.
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1948 - Copenhagen II

HELD AT COPENHAGEN
September 1 - 5, 1948
Mr P. H. MUIR (Great Britain) in the chairBELGIUMMr. Fl. TulkensDENMARKHr K. V. BLOCHHr A. FREDERIKSENHr Aage FRIISHr E. GRØNHOLT-PEDERSENHr Niels KAABERHr Gustav STRANDENGLANDMr D. MASSEYMr P. H. MUIRMiss W. MYERSFINLANDHr Ilmari JORMAHr Eric OLSONIFRANCEMr F. de NOBELEMr A. POURSINHOLLANDMr A. L. van GENDTMr Menno HERTZBERGERMr K. JONGBLOEDITALYDr E. AESCHLIMANNNORWAYHr Baltzer BORSUMHr J. W. CAPPELENHr S. ENGELSTADFru Juddi STEENSENSWEDENFroken ASPINGTONHr Börje BORJESSONHr Axel BORJESSONHr G. RONNELSWITZERLANDMr W. S. KUNDIG
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Six Famous Authors Who Were Also Ghostwriters

Halloween is the time for ghouls, goblins, witches, and ... ghosts. In the art world, ghosts aren't merely the phantoms, banshees, and spooks of horror stories; there are also ghosts of the pen. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would ghostwrite music for wealthy patrons, and plenty of famous authors have written works on behalf of others as well.
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Cataloguing Rare Books - May We Please Have Our Description Back?

I have an idea for something that might actually provide the protection that copyright alone does not. As you might expect, it involves, once again, the internet. If that is where the crimes are now being committed, that is where we should put our cops to work. What I have in mind is a descriptive bibliographic database where booksellers can publish all their copyrighted descriptions in a way that clearly establishes priority and ownership. It would be a public place where you can claim what is yours. But it would also be much more than that. If enough booksellers participated, an open searchable database of this nature would soon constitute a valuable bibliographic reference that collectors, librarians, students and scholars could use for all types of research. It would make a useful permanent resource out of information that is now mostly ephemeral.
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Pop Up in Japan and Korea - Explore the Asian World of Bibliophily

As the sun goes on 23 April 2016 – across the world, for 24 hours, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, 30 cities and various languages bringing the books to the people at most busy and sometimes unexpected places: this is ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day! This year the antiquarian booksellers in Asia will play a decisive role in the worldwide celebrations to promote the book and to support literacy. While the ILAB Pop Up Fairs in Sydney and Perth will be in full swing, the Asian antiquarian booksellers will prepare to join their colleagues in the great chain of events. For the first time ever, the rare book dealers of the Republic of Korea will be a part of it.
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If there is a heaven for rare books, it's like Serendipity Books - A Wake For The Still Alive: Peter B. Howard

"There are rare books all the way up to the ceiling, so absurdly far up (like 27 feet or something) that they are almost guaranteed to never come down. In addition to the shelves, both fixed and (apparently) movable, there are piles of books. Everywhere. There are paper bags and paper bags and paper bags filled with books, on the floor and in the aisles, and there are cabinets filled with prints and folios and ephemera and beetles and god knows what else..." "This is the single most amazing place I have ever been! When I dream about getting lost in a maze of forgotten books... this is what it looks like."
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