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2018 ILAB Presidents' Meeting - Elections

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 4th February 2018 the presidents of ILAB’s national member associations voted for Sally Burdon (Australia) as new ILAB President. She succeeds Gonzalo F. Pontes who served as President from 2016 to 2018; and will be supported by ILAB Vice‐President Fabrizio Govi (Italy).
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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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Why Are Some Dustjackets Clipped but Not Price-Clipped?

While browsing through Ralph Sipper's booth at this past weekend's Los Angeles Antiquarian Book Fair, I came upon an interesting copy of book that at first seemed a little out of place at the fair: John Sanford's Every Island Fled Away. It's a 1964 novel that, these days, is typically a $30 – $40 book in collectible condition, and not that much more when signed or inscribed. Usually the booths at the three fairs sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (there's also a New York show in April and a Boston show in November) are full of the best antiquarian books for sale in the country and the world (read highest quality, and consequently highest priced). Dealers usually trot out their top material, and Ralph's booth was full of many stunning copies of notable literary first editions. Some of them, like his beautiful copy of William Faulkner's first novel, Soldiers' Pay, are genuinely rare in such condition. By comparison, the John Sanford book seemed to be a grade schooler lost at the senior prom.
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“Redheads are Poison” – Collecting Pulp Fiction: H. W. Perl (1897-1952)

The artist H. W. Perl is chiefly known to aficionados of British post-war pulp fiction. He was one of the most prolific artists in that genre, working for almost all the leading publishers – and he was quite simply one of the best – one of only a handful of pulp artists remembered and collected in his own right. He is one of only a few artists who, at least at his best, could truly be said to rival Reginald Heade as the best of the entire bunch. While it is true that Perl's work can be very uneven in quality, this is also true to some degree of his colleagues and chief rivals – Heade himself, David Wright, John Pollack and Brab (Oliver Brabbins) – and likely to derive from sheer pressure, pace of work, and hammering deadlines than any real failings in technique.
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Rare Book Paradise - California Antiquarian Book Fair Videos 2012

"Hi, my name is Eric Idle, and I am a book addict. And this is the place where I hang around." In Febuary it rains in Rotterdam, freezes in France. Britain is bundled-up, it's cloudy in Catalonia. Sweden is snowed-in. But when the California International Antiquarian Book Fair comes to Pasadena, California, the warmth of the sun pours over rare book lovers and dealers from all over the world. See the California Book Fair Videos on YouTube and meet colleagues and collectors like Heather O'Donnell, Michael Thompson, Gary Milan, and Eric Idle while browsing the California Book Fair shelves.
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Bibliographies - Economics

Online: Rodet, Catalogue des livres de la bibliothèque d'économie politique - Sempere y Guarinos; Biblioteca española, 4 volumes
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