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Amsterdam Conference

En 1947, des représentants de cinq pays, le Danemark, la France, la Grande-Bretagne, les Pays-Bas et la Suède, se réunissent à Amsterdam pour discuter de la formation d'une Ligue internationale de la librairie ancienne (LILA), dont le but était de créer un nouvel espoir de paix internationale grâce à l'ouverture des marchés, de promouvoir l'amitié et la compréhension, et de contrer l'animosité et la méfiance engendrées par la Seconde Guerre mondiale. La LILA a été officiellement constituée à Copenhague en septembre 1948.

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La LILA: Une Chronologie

1948

Copenhagen 1948


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. Kundig, “a man with authority, position, and money ... a good host and a first-class raconteur” (Kaye) was unanimously elected. The first ILAB Committee consisted of William S. Kundig (President), Percy H. Muir (Vice-President), Menno Hertzberger, Einar Grønholt-Pedersen, André Poursin.

1949-1950

Early Years

During the first years the ILAB Committee Meetings were held in Switzerland, most of the time at the President’s office. William Kundig’s authority was legendary, as well as his generosity, when the right decisions were finally taken. On one occasion the committee members found a box of Havana cigars on the breakfast table after an exhausting meeting the night before: “With the compliments of your President.”

“William Kundig was the right man for the presidency of the League in its infancy. Certainly the greatest of his achievements was to compel the Americans to form an association and to affiliate to the League.” (Muir)

1951-1960

1950 – 1960

“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)

More congresses worth remembering followed in Brussels 1951, Geneva 1952, Milan 1953, Vienna 1954, Munich 1957. The ABAA hosted two conferences in New York 1955 and 1959. London, however, became the unofficial meeting place for ILAB booksellers: After 1949 the ABA hosted two further events in the British capital: 1956 and 1958.

1961-1970

ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

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.

“Dans le monde du livre ancien et de la recherche bibliographique, deux personnages sont, jours après jours, confrontés à des problèmes de recherche, d’identification et d’évaluation d’oeuvres anciennes, précieuses ou non: Le Conservateur de bibliothèque et le libraire antiquaire. Le second, tout particulièrement, car de sa science et de ses connaissences dépendent son commerce et sa réputation.“ (Georges A. Deny)

Georges A. Deny from Brussels was ILAB President from 1960 to 1965 and the first Secretary of the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography who laid down the ground rules. The Prize is awarded every fourth year to the author of the most original and outstanding study in bibliography. Deny supervised the first and second awards to Jean Peeters-Fontainas “Bibliographie des impressions Espagnoles aux Pays-Bas méridonaux” in 1967.

1991-2000

Expanding to the Global Market

During the 30th ILAB Congress and the 13th International Book Fair in Tokyo 1990 the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Korea (ABAK) were elected as the 18th ILAB member. Two years later Czech booksellers formed the Svaz Antikváru CR (SACR which joined the League during the 32nd ILAB Congress in Amsterdam in 1994. The Spanish Asociación Ibéria de Librerias Anticuarias (AILA), founded in 1990, also joined ILAB.

2001-2010

Kay Craddock

The beginning of the 21st century saw the first woman at the head of the League: Australian bookseller Kay Craddock was elected ILAB President during the Congress and the International Antiquarian Book Fair in Edinburgh 2000. Craddock, meanwhile ILAB President of Honour, was succeeded by Bob Fleck from 2002 to 2006, and Michael Steinbach 2006 from to 2008.

After the Boston Presidents' Meeting in 2001, the Danish, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian associations organized a very special event: The 36th Congress and 19th International Antiquarian Book Fair took place in four countries, with a sea journey in between. On this occasion the 13th ILAB Bibliographical Prize of $10,000 was awarded to Anna Perälä, for her atlas of Finnish typography, 1642-1827, a monumental two volume work, published in Finnish, Swedish and German. Kay Craddock presented the award to Anna Perälä at a dinner in Helsinki.

In 2003 the Presidents travelled to Potsdam for their annual meeting, only a year later the ILAB affiliates met for a Congress and a Book Fair in Melbourne, well organized by the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB).

2004 saw the first Virtual ILAB Book Fair on the recently established ILAB website. The four day event included a beneficial auction for UNICEF, a book fair, lectures, appraisals, and a "Biblio Quiz" for book collectors. Presidents’ Meetings in Montréal 2005, Wilmington 2006, followed by the 21st International Antiquarian Book Fair in New York. Kay Craddock and Keith Fletcher were unanimously elected ILAB President and Member of Honour.

Past Presidents & Presidents of Honour

History - Congresses, Fairs, Meetings


1947 - Amsterdam - Preliminary conference

1948 - Copenhagen - 1st Congress

1949 - London - 2nd Congress

1950 - Paris - 3rd Congress

1951 - Brussels - 4th Congress

1952 - Geneva - 5th Congress

1953 - Milan - 6th Congress

1954 - Vienna - 7th Congress

1955 - New York - 8th Congress

1956 - London - 9th Congress

1957 - Munich - 10th Congress

1958 - London - 11th Congress

1959 - New York - 12th Congress

1960 - Scheveningen - 13th Congress

1961 - Paris - 14th Congress

1962 - Basel - 15th Congress

1963 - Brussels - 16th Congress

1964 - Ravenna - 17th Congress

1965 - Amsterdam - 1st International Book Fair

1965 - Stuttgart - Presidents' Meeting

1966 - Vienna - 18th Congress

1967 - San Francisco - 19th Congress and 2nd International Book Fair

1968 - Amsterdam - 3rd International Book Fair

1968 - London - Presidents' Meeting

1969 - Copenhagen - 20th Congress

1970 - Paris - Presidents' Meeting

1971 - London - 21st Congress and 4th International Book Fair

1972 - Vienna - Presidents' Meeting

1973 - Tokyo - 22nd Congress and 5th International Book Fair

1974 - Turin - Presidents' Meeting

1975 - Amsterdam - 23rd Congress and 6th International Book Fair

1976 - Brussels - Presidents' Meeting

1977 - Düsseldorf - 7th International Book Fair

1978 - Zurich - 25th Congress and 8th International Book Fair

1979 - Copenhagen - Presidents' Meeting

1980 - New York - 26th Congress and 9th International Book Fair

1981 - Kyoto - Presidents' Meeting

1982 - Amsterdam - Presidents' Meeting

1983 - Stockholm - Presidents' Meeting

1984 - London - 27th Congress and 10th International Book Fair

1985 - Munich - Presidents' Meeting

1986 - Venice - 28th Congress and 11th International Book Fair

1987 - Vienna - Presidents' Meeting

1988 - Paris - 29th Congress and 12th International Book Fair

1989 - Yverdon - Presidents' Meeting

1990 - Tokyo - 30th Congress and 13th International Book Fair

1991 - Copenhagen - Presidents' Meeting

1992 - Cologne - 31st Congress and 14th International Book Fair

1993 - Los Angeles - Presidents' Meeting

1994 - Amsterdam - 32nd Congress and 15th International Book Fair

1995 - Brussels - Presidents' Meeting

1996 - Los Angeles - 33rd Congress and San Francisco, 16th International Book Fair

1997 - Sydney - Presidents' Meeting

1998 - Vienna - 34th Congress and 17th International Book Fair

1999 - Florence - Presidents' Meeting

2000 - Edinburgh - 35th Congress and 18th International Book Fair

2001 - Boston - Presidents' Meeting

2002 - Scandinavia - 36th Congress and 19th International Book Fair

2003 - Potsdam - Presidents' Meeting

2004 - Melbourne - 37th Congress and 20th International Book Fair

2005 - Montréal - Presidents' Meeting

2006 - Wilmington - Presidents' Meeting

2006 - New York - 21st International Book Fair

2007 - Paris - Presidents' Meeting

2008 - Madrid - 38th Congress and 22nd International Book Fair

2009 - Vienna - Presidents' Meeting

2010 - Bologna - 39th Congress and 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair

2011 - Weimar - Presidents' Meeting

2012 - Lucerne, Zurich - 40th Congress and 24th International Antiquarian Book Fair

2013 - Siena - Presidents' Meeting

2014 - Paris - 41th ILAB Congress and 25th International Antiquarian Book Fair

2015 - Seville - Presidents' Meeting

2016 - Budapest - 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th International Antiquarian Book Fair


Next:

2017 - Copenhagen - Presidents' Meeting

2018 - Los Angeles - 43rd ILAB Congress

(Picture: Presidents' Meeting in Vienna, October 2009)