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Book Fairs

Bologna 2010 - ILAB Congress and International Antiquarian Book Fair

Published on 02 Dec. 2009
In one year's time exactly, Bologna will host an event very important for all of us, the International Congress of the ILAB, September 20-26, 2010. After more than 20 years the Italian association, ALAI, has again the honour – and the responsibility – of taking care of its organization. Bologna is a splendid town, almost unknown to tourists, counting less than 400.000 inhabitants; in terms of quality of life it ranks as one of the top cities in the whole Italy. Its extensive medieval center, one of the best-preserved in Europe, contains a wealth of important Medieval and Renaissance artistic monuments.
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Book Binding

The Unavoidable: The Restoration of Books

Published on 02 Dec. 2009
A quick look at the shelves or the show cases of exhibitors at antiquarian fairs shows how well books can withstand the bite of time. Whether the property of collectors or of libraries, many incunabula have braved the centuries without a wrinkle.
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Booksellers

ILAB on the Road - Antiquarian Booksellers of Santiago de Chile, Montevideo and Buenos Aires

Published on 02 Dec. 2009
From the 25th of October until the 11th of November, I visited the antiquarian booksellers in the capitals of the Southern South American countries of Chile, Uruguay and Argentina. The first book published in the Americas was published in Mexico in the 16th century and thus Latin America has had a rich and long history of printing and publishing and therefore is an important part of the global history and culture of the book.
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Maps

Primer for the beginning collector of maps

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
Old maps are among the most fascinating and worthwhile of objects. They are history, art, and science rolled into one. Many old maps are written in languages other than English, but they are completely satisfying without translation.
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John Steinbeck

The Challenge of Collecting Steinbeck

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
The challenge for virtually all collectors of John Steinbeck, whether novice or grizzled veteran, is the same -- money! If you still need a pretty copy of Tortilla Flat, a first in jacket, can you spare that extra $10,000 it's going to take to acquire the book?
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Literature

Armed Services Editions

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
It is the middle of World War II. Soldiers are on their way to the front lines of both the Pacific and European Theaters. Other soldiers are already there. Still others have been there and are now receiving medical treatment at military hospitals. There is a break in whatever action faces them. What are all of them doing? Reading!
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Booksellers

My Favorite Flaws

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things"
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Children's Literature

Children's Lit

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
The following is based on a lecture delivered at the Kerlan Collection of Children?s Literature at the University of Minnesota in the summer of 1995. I had been asked to speak about juveniles and children's literature, a subject about which I know little. Pressed for an appropriate topic, I spoke instead on the books I experienced as a child and adolescent, my personal children's literature.
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FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS! - Melbourne Rare Book Week, July 16 to 26, 2015

Once again, Melburnians, Victorians and interstate visitors will be drawn to Melbourne for a week full of interesting, amazing and outstanding events dedicated exclusively to the wonderful world of rare books and book collecting. Melbourne Rare Book Week commenced in 2012 as a partnership between the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions. In 2014, over 40 free events were held at libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops throughout Melbourne, attracting local, national and international visitors. Now in its fourth year, Melbourne Rare Book Week is well established in the City of Melbourne's event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage.
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Book Scouting in Japan - Tokyo

Rare book dealer and photography specialist Harper Levine travels through Japan with photographer John Gossage where Harper was welcomed at the airport as the "best book dealer (also best blogger) from East Hampton". Part 2 of Harper Levine's report, featuring the Tokyo booksellers and a sushi bar.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - MS. A Literary Workshop

After a long search, I was able to track down what I believe to be all issues published of this early west coast little magazine of the Mimeograph Revolution, published "on behalf of the new writers of Southern California". Editorship is not explicitly named in any issue; the correspondence address for the first two issues was Talbot Wright, and changed to Stephen Matthews for subsequent issues.
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Collecting the Physical Book in the Digital Age

I'm going to make some general comments about my experiences as a dealer buying and selling in the Internet/digital age today and offer some reflections on the past – over the thirty-five years that I've been in business. I won't keep you in suspense any longer. The impact of the Internet and computer technology has been enormous on the rare book business. There are three basic things that we do in this profession: buy books, sell books, and research what we are buying in order to sell them. All have been greatly impacted by technology. Today everything that I acquire is researched online in regard to bibliographical information, as well as for pricing comparison by looking at other copies in the marketplace. This research plays a key role in deciding what to buy, what to pay for the book, and in determining a fair amount to price the book for sale. Of course a subscription to the online auction record database is essential.
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ILAB Congress Scholarship - Part 1 of 4 - Dawn Albinger (Australia)

In July 2017, national associations were asked to nominate a young antiquarian bookseller to benefit from the ILAB Congress Scholarship. An outstanding opportunity to meet colleagues and senior experts in the book trade, network and learn about the trade. We would like to use this opportunity to present the four antiquarian booksellers with their interesting and different backgrounds.
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