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The ABA and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

Published on 27 March 2018
The ABA and ILAB look back at a long history. The ABA is relaunching its flagship fair in London this year, the oldest antiquarian book fair in the world, under the auspices of ILAB. This text by the late Anthony Rota, ABA bookseller and ILAB President of Honour, was published in 2008 in the ABA Directory.
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From the ILAB Archives – A Letter by Einar Grønholt-Pedersen

The history of ILAB is full of personal memories. Since its beginnings the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has been a highly effective business organization, a network for the professional book trade, and it has been more: The League is an international family. All affiliates who have attended ILAB Congresses and ILAB Book Fairs in Europe, Australia, Asia and America have experienced the friendship, the warmth and cordiality among rare book dealers that create good business relations worldwide. "Amor librorum nos unit - The love of books unites us" is the motto of the League. This was exactly what ILAB's founding fathers intended. - A letter by by Einar Grønholt-Pedersen from the year 1959.
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Beautiful Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder's Art, by P.J.M. Marks

From exquisite medieval bookbindings made of precious metals and jewels to the unique and highly imaginative creations of contemporary bookbinders, in his new publication P.J.M. Marks celebrates over hundred of the most beautiful bookbindings of the last thousand years
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Books about Books: A History of Oak Knoll Press, Part 1: A Life-Changing Decision

Thirty years ago I made the life-changing decision that I should try my hand in the world of publishing. Was I breaking new ground in the antiquarian bookselling business? Hardly! Any of you who have read the history of bookselling know that the professions of bookseller and publisher have been intertwined for centuries with large out-of-print booksellers often having equally large publishing programs. This method of doing business has all but died out today. The following experiment in biography will tell you the story of how our company has tried to resurrect it.
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The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts

Do we need more drastic measures to prevent the theft of books, maps, manuscripts and other art on paper? How can public institutions, lawyers, collectors and the rare book trade work more efficiently together when it comes to thefts and forgeries? How can thefts be prevented? And how can we raise the public awareness for the fact the theft of the written heritage of mankind is a serious problem that concerns of all of us? ILAB President Norbert Donhofer will be among the many internationally renowned experts - librarians, archivists, representatives of dealers and auctioneers, security experts, lawyers - who will speak at this conference at the British Library in London on 26 June 2015. He will focus on the perspectives of the rare book trade and lessons learned, amongst others, from recent spectacular cases such as the massive thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples (Italy).
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51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair - 27th to 29th January 2012

A very attractive and high-class offer by 80 exhibitors from Germany, France, Italy, Great Britain, the USA, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Hungary: The 51st Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will be held, as always, on the last weekend of January, in the elegant rooms of the Württemberg Art Museum, opposite to the Palace, next to the Palace Garden and directly in the city centre of Stuttgart. Alberto Govi from Modena, Adam Bosze from Budapest, Alessandro Meda Riquier from London, and also several young colleagues like Dr. Dasa Pahor, Winfried Kuhn, Elvira Tasbach, das Rote Antiquariat and Rainer Schlicht are among the newcomers to the fair this year. They will be contributing to the diversity of the Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair with prestigious manuscripts, unique autographs, beautiful prints, magnificent bindings and rare masterpieces from more than 500 years of book art and printing.
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The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald through the Eyes of Fellow Authors

In 2010, online literary magazine The Fiction Circus hosted a seance for Fitzgerald at New York City's KGB Bar. A writer and artist known as Xerxes Vedammt offered his body to be inhabited by Fitzgerald. Once the departed writer made his, um, appearance, participants called out questions. One person asked what books Fitzgerald had read. The response: "I don't have a lot of time to read. But I enjoyed Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley. I wish I had written The Talented Mr. Ripley."
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