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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
Colin Franklin Prize

Ekaterina Shatalova, winner of the 2017-18 Colin Franklin Prize for book-collecting

Published on 15 June 2018
The 2017-18 Colin Franklin Prize for book-collecting has been awarded to Ekaterina Shatalova (Keble College), for her collection of works by and about Edward Lear (1812-1888), the poet and illustrator famous for limericks in "A Book of Nonsense", and for poems recounting the nautical adventures of "The Owl and the Pussycat" and the "Jumblies" ('who went to sea in a sieve').
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Press Articles

Bibliomaniacs in Battersea

Published on 08 June 2018
“Palpable history”, says Sir David Attenborough. We are at the annual Antiquarian Booksellers Association Rare Books Fair, and he is describing the pleasure of holding an incunable – a book printed in the fifteenth century, in the first few decades after the printing press was invented.
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Book History

Rubens in Stuttgart

Published on 21 May 2018
There are many books with a Rubens design. Even in books from the 19th century we find frontispieces copied from a Rubens design which was often simply reproduced and thus many editions were adorned with a Rubens.
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Tom Congalton: New President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

A unanimous vote: At the Ordinary General Meeting on 23rd September 2012 in Lucerne the presidents of the 22 national member associations of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers elected Tom Congalton (United States) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Arnoud Gerits (Netherlands) who served as President from 2010 to 2012.
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Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 2011 at Copenhagen’s Beautiful Round Tower

The Scandinavian Antiquarian Book Fair 2011 will take place in Copenhagen, organized by the Danish Antiquarian Booksellers Association. The Scandinavian Book Fair alternates between Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen, and in 2011 the pleasure of hosting it befalls Copenhagen. It will take place from the 24th of November till the 26th of November, in the heart of Copenhagen, in one of Denmark's most beloved and admired buildings, which every weekend attracts several thousand visitors in itself.
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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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Celebrating One Hundred Years of Libreria Pregliasco - A Video Review

In 2011 Italy celebrates its 150th anniversary of its unification, while one of Italy's most famous rare bookshops celebrates its 100th anniversary. The Italian Academy of Art in New York honoured both events with a "Colazione Letteraria" on April 8 , 2011, including lectures by David Freedberg, Professor of Art History at Columbia University, and Umberto Pregliasco who recounted the remarkable history of the Libreria Pregliasco which he now runs in the third generation. Watch the video on Vimeo.
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The ILAB Family Reunited - 40th ILAB Congress and 24th International Book Fair in Switzerland

At the end of September booksellers from all over the world met in Switzerland to hold their bi-annual conference and international antiquarian book fair. More than 70 affiliates attended the 40th Congress in the history of the League in Lucerne which was excellently organized by the Swiss Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VEBUKU) and its current president Alain Moirandat. From 22nd to 26th September 2012 the ILAB affiliates became acquainted with Swiss culture, history and folklore. They visited magnificent libraries, museums and collections like the Rosengart Museum and the Werner Oechslin Library. They held a conference on a ship on Lake Lucerne, climbed mountains (by cogwheel train), improved their crossbow shooting skills in a cave behind waterfalls and showed their dancing talents at the farewell dinner in the Hotel Montana. Afterwards, 64 ILAB dealers from Europe and abroad presented beautiful books, manuscripts, prints, maps, autographs and first editions at the 24th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in Zurich. Dieter Tausch, President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VAO) was among the participants. His report makes definitely clear: All who did not attend the Congress and the Fair missed a great opportunity!
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