ILAB Joins the Protest Against Amazon’s Bid to Control Top-Level Domain Names

Today, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has joined the numerous other organizations, such as the Authors Guild or the American Association of Publishers, objecting to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN’s) plan to sell top-level domains to private companies.  Online retail giant Amazon has bid to be the exclusive custodian of .book, .author and .read domains. Read more ...

Paris 2014 - 41st ILAB Congress

The ILAB and SLAM committees are very pleased to announce that the 41st ILAB Congress will run in Paris from the 13th to 16th April, 2014, to coincide with the 100th anniversary of SLAM. The Paris Congress will immediately follow the International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Grand Palais scheduled from 10th to 13th of April 2014. We hope that the very special  program that we have planned will attract numerous visitors to Paris and we are looking forward to meeting our new colleagues and welcoming old friends.

Anne Lamort, President SLAM, Tom Congalton, President ILAB

ILAB Patrons of Honour

ILAB is very proud to present Sir David Attenborough, Barry Humphries, René Fayt, Michael Knoche, Reiner Speck, Jay and Jean Kislak and Sid Lapidus as Patrons of Honour:

"Their commitment to the preservation of printed culture makes them our clients, our audience, and our inspiration, and very often all three. The paths that they have followed and the collections that they have formed are likely to have an extraordinary influence on the understanding of human culture for future generations."

16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

The 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2014 to one or more books about books published in any language and in any part of the world between 2009 and 2012. Publishers, librarians, collectors, antiquarian booksellers and all book lovers are very welcome to submit books to the prize until the end of April 2013 by sending a single copy to the Prize Secretary.

Support scholarship! Submit books to the most prestigious prize until April 2013!

The World’s Expert Antiquarian Booksellers - In 1 Book!

The new edition of the ILAB Directory contains all names, addresses and specialities of the ILAB dealers who are organized in 22 national associations and who are located in 32 countries all over the world. Have a look!

“Book collecting is and almost always has been a vibrant, exciting and engaging pastime"

"It’s our job to make others understand that.” An interview with ILAB President Tom Congalton about his career, his favourite books, Between the Covers, collecting, ILAB and the future of the trade. Read it!

ILAB Booksellers on Video

"A wonderful snapshot of the rich history of both the ABAA and the rare book trade" - ILAB is proud to present the video archive project by Michael Ginsberg and Taylor Bowie. Recently added: interviews with two amazing ladies: Marguerite Goldschmidt and Florence Shay.

"Out of the classroom and into the world" - ILAB Internships

ILAB has launched an internship program for young antiquarian book dealers. Alena Lavrenova, Anastasya Zhikhareva, and other young antiquarian booksellers from Russia, spent several weeks in Austria, Hungary, Germany, Netherlands, Australia and the United States. Read their exciting reports and join our new Facebook Group!

The World's Best Booksellers Met in Switzerland

From 22 to 26 September the presidents of 22 national antiquarian booksellers' associations and rare book dealers from all over the world met for their 40th Congress in Lucerne. Besides the meetings and elections on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, they climbed high mountains and dark caves and visited Switzerland's most outstanding museums and private collections. Read the online diary!

Old and Rare Books. From ILAB: the one stop FREE App for all lovers of rare books

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)  has launched an ILAB Moile App which is now available in the Apple Store and the Android Market. Search for “ILAB rare books” or “International League of Antiquarian Booksellers” to find the free App ready to install on your phone.

Book Catalogues


  • Virtual or real?

    Phil Patton about the advantages of having good literature on the iPhone and the incomparable joy of having a real book in his hands. Pros and cons of digital libraries ...

  • Fälschungen und Täuschungen

    "Und die Moral von der Geschicht, In Zweifelsfällen kaufe nicht!" - Karl Geigy-Hagenbach about fakes and forgers in autograph collecting. His own legendary autograph collection is documented in  “Autographensammlung von Karl Geigy-Hagenbach in Basel” (addenda 1933 and 1939). For J. A. Stargardt’s “Der Autographen-Sammler” Geigy-Hagenbach wrote a series of articles about his passion from 1936 to 1938.

  • Frank Hurley 1885-1962

    Frank Hurley 1885-1962

    Frank (James Francis) Hurley was an Australian photographer and film maker, and "one of the great Antarctic photographers of all time" (Michael Rosove). He joined Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914, the British, the Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition 1929-1931, he travelled with Ernest Shackleton to the Polar Regions and made films in Papua. Michael Treloar recounts the life of the artist and the adventurer.

  • Historique du S.L.A.M. : Deuxième partie (1934-1957)

    Historique du S.L.A.M. : Deuxième partie (1934-1957)

    L’Assemblée Générale du 29 mai 1934 élit le premier président du SLAM à ne pas être un libraire parisien : Georges Puzin, installé à Versailles, rue de la Paroisse depuis 1908. Il est épaulé par MM. Quereuil (Vice-président), Dauthon (Secrétaire), Jacquenet (Trésorier) et Chadenat, Cornuau, Deruelle, Raoust, Leleu, H. Saffroy (Commissaires). Il apparaît d’emblée comme un homme de dialogue en faisant la déclaration suivante: ‘Il faut que nous nous connaissions mieux, que nous puissions échanger nos idées, nos projets, les discuter, voire même les combattre pour arriver à un échange de vues pratiques capable d'assurer la bonne continuité et la raison d'être du SLAM.’ L'histoire de l'S.L.A.M. par René Cluzel décrit les années 1934 à 1957.

  • Joel Silver: Bibliography for Booksellers

    Joel Silver: Bibliography for Booksellers

    Reference information is indispensable to antiquarian booksellers. Like many traditional booksellers, here at BTC we have many hundreds of bibliographies and reference works that we can quickly consult to help us in identifying and verifying different books, editions, and autographs. But with more and more information available on the Internet, it may seem that there is no longer a need for booksellers to have a large reference library. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is still a great deal of information, necessary to properly cataloging a book, that can only be obtained from print sources.

  • GEORGES A. DENY 1920-1999 - Founder and First Secretary of the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

    GEORGES A. DENY 1920-1999 - Founder and First Secretary of the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

    The ILAB Prize for Bibliography was founded in the early 1960s when  Georges A. Deny was President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. He also became the first Secretary of the Prize which was called Prix Triennal de Bibliographie in the beginnings. The first Prize was not awarded in 1964 due to a lack of quality of the submitted books, as Deny clearly stated in his report of the same year. Thus, since 1967 famous scholars like like Jean Peeters-Fontainas, I. C. Koeman, Claus Nissen,  Anthony Hobson, Lotte Hellinga or  Jan Storm van Leeuwen were honoured with this most prestigious prize in the broad field of bibliography worth 10.000 USD.


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