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Michael Steinbach
Association Phone
+43 664 35 75 948
President Email
President Address
Freyung 6/4/6
A - 1010 Vienna

The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Austria or Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VDAÖ), established in 1949, joined the League in the same year. With 28 members and Michael Steinbach as President, the VDAÖ has hosted several ILAB Congresses, Book Fairs and Presidents Meeting in Austria, the last one in 2009 when 20 Presidents of the ILAB met in Vienna for four wonderful days and an important meeting during which China and Russia were admitted as new ILAB members.

The association has its office in the Vienna city centre, being part of the Austrian Association of Publishers and Booksellers that represents all parts of the Austrian book trade. It includes those Austrian antiquarian booksellers who exclusively or primarily buy and sell antiquarian books, magazines, prints, autograph letters or music. Like all ILAB affiliates, VDAÖ members adhere to a strict code of ethics which defines how commercial transactions are to be conducted between Austrian and foreign antiquarian booksellers on the one hand and the professionals and individuals on the other hand.

The VDAÖ has hosted the biennial ILAB Congress in 1954, 1996 and 1998 in Vienna. In 1998 the congress, in which 243 antiquarians from all over the world participated, was followed by the 17th International Antiquarian Book Fair, held in Viennas Hofburg with no less than 111 antiquarian booksellers from 16 countries. It was, by the way, the first ILAB Congress and Book Fair with a website. Last but not least, the Austrian Association has organized several annual Presidents' Meetings in 1972, 1987 and 2009, when the VDAÖ was host to two of the major events in the Antiquarian Book Calendar: the ILAB Presidents Meeting and the 26th Congress of the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie (AIB) with a partially shared program that gave all participants the chance to interact and build contacts and friendships.

Elections for the Committee are held every three years. In cooperation with the German Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (VDA) and the Vereinigung der Buchantiquare und Kupferstichhändler in der Schweiz (VEBUKU) the VDAÖ organizes annual seminars for rare booksellers, that are held in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin or, 2006, in Vienna.

Since 2008, the International Book Fair BUCH WIEN, organized by the Austrian Publishers and Booksellers Association, has a special a section for Antiquarian Booksellers.


Michael Steinbach

Term of office

3 years


Michael Steinbach, President (since 2015)
Robert Schoisengeier, Vice-President
Board Members: Daniela Wildner, Michael Truppe and Clemens Paulusch

An impression of the Annual Conference in Vienna, May 2021

Vorstandssitzung 2021 VDAÖ

Past Presidents

Prof. Christian M. Nebehay: 1949 - 1962
Ingo Nebehay: 1962 - 1970
Michael Krieg: 1970 - 1976
Werner Taeuber: 1976 - 1985
Dr. Hansjörg Krug: 1985 - 2000
Hans-Dieter Paulusch: 2000 - 2003
Norbert Donhofer: 2003 - 2012
Dieter Tausch: 2012 - 2015

Annual Meeting

The 2021 AGM took place in May.

Book Fair

BUCH WIEN: Every year in the 2nd week of November, a number of antiquarian booksellers exhibit at Austria's largest book fair and literary event. BUCH WIEN is organized by the Austrian Publishers and Booksellers Association with a section for antiquarian booksellers.

For more information about the fair, please contact Michael Steinbach (President) by Email.

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