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Are you looking for rare books, manuscripts, autographs, prints or other antiquarian material? ILAB-affiliated booksellers offer a wide array of the finest books, accurately described and professionally priced, from the invention of printing up to the 21st century; in all fields of interest and all specializations.

ILAB, whose official languages are English and French, is a non-profit organization, with its legal location in Geneva. 
ILAB represents twenty-two national rare book associations representing thirty-six countries and around 1,800 individual affiliates worldwide.
It strives to uphold and improve professional standards in the trade, to promote honorable conduct in business, and to contribute in various ways to a broader appreciation of the history and art of the book. 

ILAB affiliates share a worldwide reputation for high quality, knowledge, expertise and experience and adhere to ILAB's Code of Usages and Customs. 

Buy with confidence from an ILAB affiliated bookseller. 

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ILAB History
ILAB History
Published on 25 Feb. 2018
Today the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers unites 22 national associations under one roof. Some of them had already been established when the League was founded in 1947/1948. Five of them were the driving forces: the antiquarian booksellers of Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands.
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ILAB History
Preliminary Conference
Published on 25 Feb. 2018
In 1947 representatives from Great Britain, France, Denmark, Sweden and The Netherlands met in Amsterdam for a Preliminary Conference. They discussed Hertzberger’s idea of forming an organization that counteracted the animosity and suspicion engendered by the Second World War. The new International League of Antiquarian Booksellers should foster friendship and understanding between the nations as the mutual basis for a fair and professional trade in the future.
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ILAB History
Copenhagen 1948
Published on 25 Feb. 2018
The ILAB was formally incorporated in Copenhagen in September 1948, with ten participating countries. Representatives from Belgium, Finland, Switzerland, and Italy joined their colleagues from Great Britain, France, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands at the conference table. Denmark was holding a proxy for Norway. Menno Hertzberger proposed William S. Kundig as ILAB’s first president.
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ILAB History
1951-1960
Published on 25 Feb. 2018
“Considering the dubiety with which our activities were treated it is pleasant to record that the Congresses in London in 1949 and in Paris in 1950 were very successful both socially and professionally, while the standard of hospitality in both cities was impeccable." (Muir)
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ILAB History
1961-1970
Published on 25 Feb. 2018
The admission of Japan, the ILAB Bibliography Prize (now ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography) and the first ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair were the milestones of the 60s.
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ILAB History
1971-1980
Published on 25 Feb. 2018
Established in 1966, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada (ABAC) or Association de la Librairie Ancienne du Canada (ALAC) became an ILAB member at the Paris Presidents’ Meeting in 1970. Australia followed eight years later. The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), created in 1977, belongs to the League since 1978.
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