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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
Photography

La photographie ancienne

Published on 08 Dec. 2009
The history of photography is closely connected with the history of rare book selling in the 20th century. The books and the covers that are illustrated by famous photographers like Laszlo Moholy-Nagy have become works of art - and attractive objects of the high end antiquarian book market. Serge Plantureux looks back in history.
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Fore-Edge-Painting

A Collector’s Primer to the Wonders of Fore-edge Painting

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
One of the most unusual types of book decoration is fore-edge paintings. These are books which have one or more of the top, fore or bottom edge painted – usually with watercolors. The typical form is a book with a single fanned fore-edge painting. In the twentieth century other forms have developed, including the double fore-edge or even the remarkable six-way painting where all three sides of the book have a double.
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Obituaries

Alan Shelley (1941 - 2009)

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
The death of Alan Shelley from cancer at the age of 68 on November 18th at Chailey Hospice, near Lewes, is an occasion of great sadness to his family and to his many friends both within and without the rare book trade. He had resigned from the Presidency of the ABA only three weeks before on the grounds of ill health after a notably successful spell at a difficult time in the Association's affairs.
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Dance of the Death

Dance of the Death

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
"The Dance of Death" arouses everyone's curiosity. The name alone is responsible for the initial interest, and widespread use in many artistic arenas confirms its magnetism. But what exactly is the Dance of Death? From where does it come, what does it mean and why is it important? These are the principal questions addressed below.
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Understanding Book Descriptions

Edgar Franco, Dictionary of Terms

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
In English, French, German and Italian. "Contrary to common practice, this dictionary contains as few words as possible. I have limited the terms, to those used by antiquarian booksellers, which are not to be found in the usual bilingual, trilingual, or multilingual dictionaries. " Edgar Franco, Dictionary of Terms and Expressions Commonly Used in the Antiquarian Book Trade Edgar Franco's "Dictionary" was published by the ILAB in 1994. It is available as a pdf file, and as a print version.
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Books about Books

John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
Like all good reference books, the ABC for Book Collectors conveys much in a little, sets limits to its subject and keeps within them, and — saving grace — treats that subject with individuality as well as authority, in a style at once concise, forthright and witty.
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Understanding Book Descriptions

John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
"Like all good reference books, the ABC for Book Collectors conveys much in a little, sets limits to its subject and keeps within them, and - saving grace - treats that subject with individuality as well as authority, in a style at once concise, forthright and witty. It is, in short, a masterpiece, whose merits are acknowledged by the fact that it has never, in forty years, been out of print." (Nicolas Barker in his introduction to the revised edition of the "ABC for Book Collectors", Oak Knoll Press 1995) John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors The ABC for Book Collectors is presented here, with our thanks, by permission of Bob Fleck, Oak Knoll Press. Nicolas Barker about the ABC for Book Collectors
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Collecting

Organising the Private Book Collection

Published on 07 Dec. 2009
You've been buying books for a while now but in a haphazard fashion, buying them as the subject matter or some other aspect of them e.g., binding or association inscriptions, illustrations or bookplates or indeed anything at all, appealed to you. There are so many of them now that you begin to think that you have a "collection", particularly as you now seem to be mostly buying books in a field which has become of particular interest to you...
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1981 - 1989 / 2013

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Booksellers

Living With - And From - Books, Part 3

I worked as a book dealer for 30 years, while my father takes pride in his 60 years-long experience; it's a long time but doubtless a time well spent. During all these years we've been honoured meeting so many extraordinary people: bibliophiles, librarians and, above all, colleagues with whom we shared ideas, insights and of course culture. The exchange of views with fellow book dealers from all over the world has been an irreplaceable resource in doing our job, and doing it with the most passionate attitude. Besides the economic incentive, we cannot help but consider the intellectual profile involved in the book dealing as a truly gratifying reward.
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Harry Potter in Japan

Harry Potter in Japan - A TV reporter of the Japan Probe visited the Tokyo International Antiquarian Book Fair, met rare book dealers, admired the young magician, rare scrolls and a 1.5 million dollar copy of Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (Tokyo, Japan)
ILAB booksellers on video
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Yeah, that's him, Gutenberg!

Sunday Girl meets Sunday Boy, or: The history of printing sung after the famous Blondie tunes on YouTube.
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BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR

For the first time ever the Hungarian rare book dealers invite colleagues and collectors from across the world to Budapest. The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016 will present Budapest as one of the most beautiful cities and one of the most fascinating book capitals in Europe. 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 of Budapest.
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