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Histoire de la LILA

Publié le 17 Juil. 2013
Aujourd’hui, la Ligue Internationale de la Librairie Ancienne rassemble 22 associations sous un toit. Certaines d’entre elles existaient préalablement à la fondation de la Ligue en 1947/48.  Cinq d’entre elles en furent le moteur : les associations de la librairie ancienne de Grande Bretagne, de France, du Danemark, de la Suède et des Pays-Bas.
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LILA

Conférence préliminaire

Publié le 17 Juil. 2013
En 1947, des représentants de Grande-Bretagne, France, Danemark, Suède et des Pays-Bas se réunirent à Amsterdam pour une conférence préliminaire. Ils discutèrent de l’idée de Hertzberger de former une organisation qui contrecarrerait l’animosité et les méfiances engendrées par la Seconde Guerre Mondiale. La nouvelle Ligue Internationale de la Librairie Ancienne devrait susciter des liens d’amitié et de compréhension entre les nations afin de jeter les bases d’un marché professionnel plus juste.
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LILA

Copenhague 1948

Publié le 17 Juil. 2013
La LILA fut officiellement incorporée à Copenhague en Septembre 1948 avec 10 pays fondateurs. Des délégués de Belgique, Finlande, Suisse et Italie rejoignirent leurs confrères de Grande-Bretagne, France, Suède, Danemark et des Pays-Bas autour de la table de réunion. La Norvège avait donné procuration au Danemark.
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1949-1950 - Les premières années

Publié le 17 Juil. 2013
Pendant les premières années, les réunions du comité eurent lieu en Suisse, la plupart du temps dans les locaux du président. L’autorité de William Kundig était légendaire, ainsi que sa générosité, quand les décisions étaient finalement prises.
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1951-1960 Code de déontologie

Publié le 17 Juil. 2013
Après la retraite de Muir, l’auteur de « Printing and the Mind of Man » fut unanimement élu président d’honneur à vie, ainsi qu’André Poursin. Quant à Menno Hertzberger, il fut honoré en qualité de père fondateur par acclamation lors de la conférence de Genève en 1952.
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1961-1970

Publié le 17 Juil. 2013
L’admission du Japon, la création du Prix de bibliographie (désormais intitulé Prix de Bibliographie LILA-Breslauer) et la première foire internationale du livre ancien furent les étapes importantes des années soixante.
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Mémoire du passé

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Collecting Antarctica

Antarctica was the last continent to be discovered and explored, although its existence had been conjectured from ancient times. Captain James Cook was possibly the first to sight Antarctica, on his second voyage with the ships Resolution and Adventure in 1774, but the first recorded landing on the continent did not occur until over 120 years later, on Borchgrevink's British Antarctic Expedition. Captain Scott's two expeditions, and those of Shackleton, Amundsen, Mawson and others, soon followed in the early twentieth century and the spaces on the map were gradually filled in, and scientific work done, in the succeeding decades ...
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London 1949 - The Social Aspect of the Third International Conference of Antiquarian Booksellers

At the height of the festivities, our host produced an unexpected guest, even more belatedly arrived than most of us. His country of origin seemed a little uncertain, and his choice of costume, doubtless a well-meant attempt to conform with English customs - an Ascot topper, blue blazer and flannel trousers - contrasted violently with a flaming beard of patriarchal dimensions and a monocle. But he passed amicably amongst us, leaning on a malacca cane, and was observed to greet with especial cordiality Mr. Ernest Maggs, whom he addressed as "Tovarisch." What finally gave the show away was less the accent than the timbre of a voice now as familiar on the League's platform as in the rostrum at Place du Port - for it was none other than our protean President, W.S.K.
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Booksellers

Poul Jan Poulsen, Honorary Member of the Danish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABF)

Congratuliations! For his outstanding efforts and commitment to the antiquarian book trade, Poul Jan Poulsen - ILAB Treasurer for more than two decades - has been elected honorary member of the Danish Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABF), as the only still active bookseller ever, and as the third in the entire history of ABF, which was founded in 1920. During the 90 years that ABF has been in existence, Poul has done more for the association than any other member. For many, many years, he has formed the back-bone of ABF, which would hardly be imaginable without him.
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Technology means “so many more bookselling opportunities” today says new ILAB president

Sally Burdon, new ILAB president was interviewed by the UK's Antiques Trade Gazette. Read the full article here.
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Booksellers

The Art of Collecting – An Interview with David Mason

David Mason discovered his love of literature in a bathtub at age eleven, at fifteen he was expelled from school. For the next decade and a half, he worked odd jobs, bought books more often than food, and floated around Europe. He helped gild a volume in white morocco for Pope John XXIII. And then, at the age of 30, after returning home to Canada and apprenticing with Joseph Patrick Books, he found his calling. A few weeks ago Canadian author and rare book dealer David Mason published his memoirs The Pope's Bookbinder. In his brilliant book he tells the most exciting stories of his legendary international career. An interview with David Mason about his career and the art of collecting.
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Dal manoscritto al libro elettronico: continuità, discontinuità, collezionismo e mercato

Cominciamo con l'affermare che anche il manoscritto è un libro, seppur prodotto con una tecnica diversa da quelle oggi più note (la scrittura manuale, che rende gli esemplari, anche se prodotti in serie, copie uniche), ma con una fisicità del tutto simile a quella del libro tipografico: forma, materiali e, in parte, paratesto, e premettiamo che non ci occupiamo se non di sfuggita del "supporto" fisico, che poi è la carta, senza la quale mai il libro sarebbe diventato un prodotto industriale (o proto-industriale), e che ha una sua, importante, storia, che in Europa comincia a partire circa dal XIII secolo. Quando apparve il primo libro a stampa, quasi nessuno capì la rivoluzionaria novità: esso infatti si rivolgeva allo stesso pubblico del manoscritto e si presentava allo stesso modo.
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