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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

Une sélection de nos archives

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Bibliographies - Middle Ages

Online: The Labyrinth - The Journal of Arthurian Studies - The Camelot Project
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Bookselling in Hard Times: “Will work for rare books”

Priding myself, as I do, on a majestic ignorance of bookselling history, I regret that I am unlikely to be able to provide you today with much of an historic overview of bookselling in hard times, beyond my own very personal experiences and observations. In early 1987, I cast all fate to the wind and declared myself a fulltime bookseller, after many years as a relatively low-level book collector and book scout. With the foresight and intuition for which I've now become famous, I did this pretty much immediately before the infamous Black Monday stock market crash of that October, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost nearly a third of its value in the course of a single week.
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In the Press - Reinventing the Library

"Such colossal ambition coalesced under the Ptolemaic dynasty. In the third century B.C., more than half a century after Plato wrote his dialogues, the kings ordered that every book in the known world be collected and placed in the great library they had founded in Alexandria. Hardly anything is known of it except its fame: neither its site (it was perhaps a section of the House of the Muses) nor how it was used, nor even how it came to its end. Yet, as one of history's most distinguished ghosts, the Library of Alexandria became the archetype of all libraries ..." An excellent article by author, journalist and collector Alberto Manguel in The New York Times.
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Booksellers

“Only one word is needed – integrity”

Who wins the FIFA World Cup 2010? Spain? Argentina? Brazil? Italy? Or Ghana? Will England loose the penalty shootout? Does Germany reach the semi-finals without Michael Ballack? In three weeks the football world looks to South Africa. We have talked with a South African dealer about the most important thing besides football: rare books.
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The Worth of Rare Books - An Interview with ILAB President Arnoud Gerits in the Hong Kong Economic Times

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers does not encourage collecting books for investment purposes. We can tell what the price of a book was in the past, how that price has developed, we can tell what it will cost now to own a copy, but we cannot predict what its future price will be. Our advice is always: buy what you like, what pleases you, what interests you, what fits within your areas of collecting or interest, buy the best copy available (and affordable to you) at the moment you want to buy the book. The reason for collecting is love and interest in the subject, the author, the period, what the book represents, the love and desire to own the original or best edition of a particular book. Books may have an added value through an important dedication or provenance, or because of an exceptional binding, or because it has the signature of an important previous owner. But while one man may think a 1.000 US$ for a particular book is very expensive, the collector who has been looking for that same book for a long time may feel the 1.000 US$ is a bargain, if it fills an important gap in his library or collection. If, and I say if, it is an investment, than it is a long-term investment, a savings account, and you use money that you're sure you won't be needing for a long, long time, and nobody guarantees you anything. If you're looking for a quick return on investment, forget it. The bottom-line is: don't buy them as an investment: it is the wrong angle to look at books. Buy them because you love books, you love a subject, a historical figure, a period. Build a collection and become the expert on the subject. ... It is the voyage that will give you incomparable pleasure, not the arrival at the destination. If you must invest, invest in yourself: enrich yourself: not your bank account.
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ILAB on Top!

ILAB booksellers Eric and Alisa Waschke have returned from an expedition to South America where they climbed some of the highest mountains. With them were a flag showing the logos of ILAB and of the Canadian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABAC). "ILAB does not have limits" Coqui Zevallo commented. "Das ist Werbung auf höchster Ebene - this is top level PR", wrote Frank Werner of Brockhaus/Antiquarium. Read Alisa Waschke's exciting report:
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