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2018 - Los Angeles

43rd ILAB Congress
See you in L.A. from  3 - 11 February 2018!

Published on 23 Oct. 2017

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In just a few short months, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America welcomes the world to Los Angeles for the 43rd Congress of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and we could not be more delighted! The dedicated committee of booksellers planning this special event is pulling out all the stops to introduce you to the cultural treasures and to the magic and incredible energy unique to this vibrant city. Los Angeles is a city of great food, world class museums, and wonderful weather, and I am very excited about the private tours, the special dining experiences and the incredible California sunshine.

I also have the privilege of welcoming you to the 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena, one of the largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books and related materials in the world. We will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein with a special exhibit during the book fair, which will be held immediately following the Congress from February 9-11, 2018.

I look forward to seeing you in Southern California and sharing in this fun and enriching experience!

Mary C. Gilliam (Franklin Gilliam Rare Books)
President of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America

ILAB Congresses and Book Fairs are held every two years in another country. They are cultural and social events that lead the booksellers to the capitals of the world, where they are shown the treasures of book printing and arts, with the possibility of networking in a relaxed atmosphere with booksellers from across the globe. 

The last ILAB Congress was held in September 2016 in Budapest with a fascinating programme of visits to libraries and major book collections, evening functions and experiences that allowed international visitors to get a real feel for Hungarian history and the local book trade. 

The 2018 ILAB Congress  in Los Angeles is now fully booked. 

Congress Website: 

Antiquarian Bookseller's Association of America, ABAA: 

Organising Team: Jennifer and Bradley Johnson (THE BOOK SHOP Covina)   Email:



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