Rare book dealers from Australia, Asia, Europe and the United States will showcase rare and beautiful books and prints, among them booksellers from Japan, China, and Hong Kong. The fair, which took place for the first time in 2007, is organized by Paul Feain of Cornstalk Bookshop in Sydney (Australia) and Mitsuo Nitta of Yushodo in Tokyo (Japan). Last year’s fair was very successful with sales of over $10,000,000 HK reported by 41 exhibitors. The fair is well attended by local Hong Kong residents as well as collectors from mainland China and other neighbouring countries. This fair is a genuine chance to expand your market and meet new customers and dealers. Hong Kong has a booming economy as does mainland China so if you are sitting at home cursing the local economy now is the time to try something different. To date (10 May 2011) 30 exhibitors have signed up and there is room for more.
In an interview for the China Daily Paul Feain, antiquarian bookseller for 30 years and a long-time ILAB Committee member, talks about the importance of printed books in the history of mankind, the great works of 20th century literature, art, politics and philosophy, about the passion of book collecting and Hong Kong as an attractive market place for rare books and manuscripts, arts and antiques.