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CH-8027 Zurich
Mr Peter Bichsel
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+41 43 222 4 888

49 rare book dealers from Switzerland belong to the Vereinigung der Buchantiquare und Kupferstichhaendler in der Schweiz (VEBUKU) or Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et du Commerce de l'Estampe en Suisse (SLACES).

ILAB has a long tradition in Switzerland. The association was founded in 1939 and joined the League in 1948 as a founding member. The first ILAB President was Swiss bookseller William Kundig. As early as 1952, the 5th ILAB Congress took place in Geneva, followed by the 25th ILAB Congress and the 8th International Antiquarian Book Fair in Zurich in 1978.
In 2012, it was time for the ILAB affiliates to meet in Switzerland again. VEBUKU/SLACES organized the 39th ILAB Congress and 24th International Antiquarian Book Fair with meetings in Lucerne, a book fair in Zurich, and amazing excursions to view treasures of some Swiss libraries, collections, and museums.

VEBUKU/SLACES unites dealers of old and modern prints and drawings, rare books, periodicals, manuscripts, and autographs. It aims to protect and encourage a fair trade based on the experience, expertise, and cultural responsibility of its members.

In cooperation with the German Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (VDA) and the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Austria (VAO), VEBUKU/SLACES organizes the "Seminar für Antiquare", annual lectures for rare booksellers, taking place in turns in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland. The 2023 Seminar took place in Zurich. A review - in German language - can be found HERE.

Annual Meeting



Peter Bichsel

Term of office

2 years


Marcus Benz, Zurich
Roman Wild, Bern
Gabriel Müller, Goldach
Georg Schneebeli, Zurich

Honorary Members

Hans Rohr
Dr. h.c. Adolf Seebass


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