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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
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First editions and lasting treasures: how to be a book collector

Published on 21 July 2018
Thinking of investing in rare books? Do it for the love of books, not money, say the expertsRare and antiquarian books can be surprisingly valuable. A first-edition copy of Ulysses by James Joyce, published in Paris in 1922, can sell for €100,000 and sometimes much more; Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, published in London in 1726, up to €50,000. But, like art, most books will never become really valuable, and collectors are generally motivated by love of literature and books rather than the prospect of making a fast buck.Repost from The Irish Times, first published 26 August 2017.
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Manuscripts

Germany buys back 1000-Year old Liesborn Gospels

Published on 21 July 2018
Printing with movable types was only invented 500 years later, the Liesborn Gospel from the year 980, one of the oldest manuscripts still in private possession has now returned to its original place, the diocese of Münster in Germany after a 3Mill Euro investment by the German state and a number of regional trusts.
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Wenn's um die Wurst geht - Aus dem Leben eines Antiquars (German language only)

Published on 21 July 2018
Über eine bekannte Angebotsplattform für antiquarische Bücher erreichte uns kürzlich eine Anfrage. Der Kunde interessierte sich für einen Brief von Ernst Barlach. Wie immer hatten wir den Text transkribiert, die historischen Hintergründe des Briefes ebenso wie die Vergleichspreise der letzten, sagen wir, 20 Jahre, gründlich recherchiert und den Brief samt Inhalt und Adressaten so ausführlich wie möglich (und nötig) beschrieben. Nun war ein Foto gewünscht. Natürlich kamen wir diesem Wunsch gern nach, denn auch wenn jedes Foto eines Unikates dieses Unikat dem Mainstream etwas näher bringt, ist es verständlich, dass niemand die Katze im Sack kaufen möchte. Auf unsere umgehende Beantwortung der Bildanfrage flatterte uns ein Angebot ins Haus:
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History

Tracing Copenhagen's literary heritage

Published on 21 July 2018
Copenhagen will host the 2017 Presidents' Meeting of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Presidents from 22 national associations gather at these annual meetings and besides the formal meetings, get a chance to see some of the city's bibliophile treasures and cultural highlights. Below is a list of some of the less known places anyone who is interested in literature, books in general and Denmark's history should explore.
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Congresses and Meetings

2017 - Copenhagen

Published on 21 July 2018
Every year, the presidents of all 22 national antiquarian bookseller’s associations that form the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), meet at the President’s Meeting or an ILAB Congress. For 2017, the Danish Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association ABF has invited the international rare book trade to Copenhagen. This will be a week of formal meetings with reports and updates from each country, but it is also a week of exchanging ideas with colleagues, networking and a programme to visit some of Copenhagen’s cultural and bibliophile treasures!
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Cocktails and Book Tales on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016

"Book Tales & Cocktails" was such a big success on 23 April 2015, that the Munich dealers and their customers immediately decided to celebrate UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day there also in 2016. And so, the Kaufmanns Casino is once again exactly the right venue for the 11 Munich antiquarian booksellers to invite their customers on 23 April 2016 to a five o'clock tea (without tea) with books, drinks, music and fingerfood:
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The book villages of France – Les villages du Livre

The Salon du Livre Rare in Paris (7-9 April 2017) has invited a small but special group of ambassadors who are working tirelessly to promote the trade in and the love for rare and antiquarian books. An unusual project but one that could be replicated in other countries and shows the determination of a group of professionals to pass on the knowledge and passion for our profession.
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Books stolen from the Cappuccini Library in Florence

A number of books has been stolen from the Cappuccini Library in Florence (Italy), among them are rare incunabula and 16th century printed books. The attached list contains book descriptions as well as pictures of the library stamps and other provenances. If you come across of one or more of the items listed in the pdf file, please contact Fabrizio Govi, President of ALAI, or Susanna Vannocci.
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ABAA and ILAB honouring Sid Lapidus and Jay and Jean Kislak - New York Book Fair, April 14, 2012

"To me, collecting has been a voyage of discovery of part of me that I didn't know existed. It has been a fascinating intellectual voyage, and although I normally suffer from motion sickness, this voyage has been mostly smooth and, at times, exhilarating. I meet so many interesting people, and I encounter so many concepts that continue to intrigue and challenge me. And what I find boring, I ignore." Sid Lapidus, ABAA and ILAB Patron of Honour, in his most excellent speech on the true nature of book collecting. Read it!
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Provenance and The Private Library

In detective fiction and on the cop shows it's called "chain of evidence." Book collectors call it provenance. Unless you plan to build your private library solely with "hot off the press" titles, you need to understand provenance. The concept is important for all kinds of collectibles, from works of art to books to archaeological artifacts. Basically, it means: "to confirm or gather evidence as to the time, place, and if appropriate, the person responsible, for the creation, production or discovery of [an] object."
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