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  • The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts 


    The Written Heritage of Mankind in Peril: Theft, Retrieval, Sale and Restitution of Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts
    Published 12 Jun 2015

    Do we need more drastic measures to prevent the theft of books, maps, manuscripts and other art on paper? How can public institutions, lawyers, collectors and the rare book trade work more efficiently together when it comes to thefts and forgeries? How can thefts be prevented? And how can we raise the public awareness for the fact the theft of the written heritage of mankind is a serious problem that concerns of all of us? ILAB President Norbert Donhofer will be among the many internationally renowned experts - librarians, archivists, representatives of dealers and auctioneers, security experts, lawyers - who will speak at this conference at the British Library in London on 26 June 2015. He will focus on the perspectives of the rare book trade and lessons learned, amongst others, from recent spectacular cases such as the massive thefts from the Girolamini Library in Naples (Italy).

  • ILAB BOOKSELLERS RAISE OVER 10.000 EUROS TO BUY SCHOOL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN IN SOUTH SUDAN 


    ILAB BOOKSELLERS RAISE OVER 10.000 EUROS TO BUY SCHOOL BOOKS FOR CHILDREN IN SOUTH SUDAN
    Published 10 Jun 2015

    It is with pleasure we report that ILAB’s participation in UNESCO’s 2015 World Book and Copyright Day was a great success. Hundreds, if not thousands of booksellers and members of the public were involved. Although it is not possible to know the exact number who took part based on careful estimates we believe it to be a minimum of several thousand people. ILAB’s celebrations received a significant amount of media interest, including for example, an article in The Guardian who created a special additional site where pictures of the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs could be uploaded. We are proud to report ILAB booksellers across the world raised at least Euros 10,528.01 for UNESCO’s South Sudan literacy project.

  • The Rare Book Trade - Hit Me Again, Please 


    The Rare Book Trade - Hit Me Again, Please
    Published 05 Jun 2015

    Thus the inadequacies of the general used book store concept, circa 1980, led to the development of specialties at Ten Pound Island. Thus the failure of those specialties to meet the economic demands of an escalating real estate market drove Ten Pound Island out of the retail trade in 1993. Thus the computer and the fax machine put an end to TPI's flourishing postcard-driven nautical book search operation, which itself - owing to the need for a place to store the thousands of books accumulated in the course of this evolution – put TPI back in the retail business. Thus the rise of the Internet and the degradation in the value of low end maritime books, which had hitherto been Ten Pound Island's stock in trade, resulted in TPIs penultimate exit from the retail trade. Thus the paradoxical combination of rising cost and increased availability of rare books drove TPI into manuscripts, ephemera and documents. Thus the failure of provincial book fairs, which had hitherto been a major source of sales and stock, forced TPI into further dependence upon the Internet and the cultivation of institutional customers. Thus sales at TPI dwindled from thousands of mid range transactions to hundreds of larger ones. Thus the intervals between cash infusions increased. Thus the owner of TPI woke up one morning at 3 am with his hair on fire, recalling theorem #1 and thinking, “I've got to get more low end stuff out there on the market, to fill in the gaps between big hits.

  • Why the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day matter to all of us! 


    Why the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day matter to all of us!
    Published 22 Apr 2015

    In April last year when ILAB President Norbert Donhofer suggested that ILAB organise something to celebrate the annual UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day some serious thinking had to go on. Now, a year later (and thousands of emails later) over 30 events of such diversity and charm will take place across the world that it is hard to believe possible this time last year it wasn't a formed idea. Each of the events, in their own way will place rare books in the front of people that have not seen such beautiful books before. So join us on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, April 23, when ILAB dealers are going to spread the word. These dealers will tell people that it is possible and highly satisfying to collect rare and beautiful books, fun to celebrate the culture of the book and vital to celebrate the basic human right that literacy is by raising money for UNESCO's literacy work in South Sudan.

  • 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018 – The new Prize Jury has been established! 


    17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018 – The new Prize Jury has been established!
    Published 30 Jun 2014

    The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense (textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc.). The jury will not take into consideration ebooks and catalogues of books intended for sale and translations of previously published works. The books can be submitted to the prize at any time but latest by the end of April in 2017 by sending a single copy to the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi.

  • Why ILAB? 


    Why ILAB?
    Published 27 Jun 2014

    Have you ever wondered what ILAB is all about - other than a logo that appears against some dealers' trading names?  The answers are to be found in this weeks’ issue of Sheppard’s Confidential, featuring an article by Norbert Donhofer, in which he asks “Why ILAB?” and sets out the main benefits of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Being an 'Ai Sho Ka' 


    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Being an 'Ai Sho Ka'
    Published 16 Jun 2014

    I normally don’t. But this time I couldn’t help myself and paid almost two hundred fifty US dollars (€ 175,- euro) for three books in Kanji (logographic Chinese characters used in Japanese language) printed on very thin paper and traditionally bound in yellow embossed paper wrappers. Why?

  • When will we meet again? - First impressions from the ILAB Congress in Paris 2014 


    When will we meet again? - First impressions from the ILAB Congress in Paris 2014
    Published 13 Jun 2014

    It was his first ILAB Congress – and certainly not the last one. Peter Fritzen, a specialist for rare books, maps and prints who runs a wonderful bookshop in Trier (Germany), was among the – regrettably - very few German dealers who took part in the 41st ILAB Congress in Paris from 13th to 16th April 2014. If you read his enthusiastic report, you will soon realize why ILAB Congresses are so special and why you, for sure, will not miss the next big event in Hungary in 2016.

  • New ILAB Directory to be published in 2015 – Buy adverts now! 


    New ILAB Directory to be published in 2015 – Buy adverts now!
    Published 10 Jun 2014

    The world’s expert antiquarian booksellers - in 1 book! The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is pleased to announce that the next edition of the ILAB Directory will be published in January 2015. It contains all names, addresses and specialities of the ILAB dealers who are organized in 22 national associations and who are located in 34 countries all over the world.

  • “My highest priority is to build up confidence in the professional antiquarian book trade” 


    “My highest priority is to build up confidence in the professional antiquarian book trade”
    Published 28 May 2014

    In mid-April the Austrian antiquarian bookseller Norbert Donhofer was elected ILAB President. In an interview with Bettina Führer he talks about recent challenges of the international antiquarian book trade and his plans for the upcoming two years of his presidency.

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