24th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair

As the worldwide network of the professional trade the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) unites 2,000 of the best dealers from 32 countries under one roof. From the beginning the Swiss booksellers have been strongly affiliated to ILAB. The first President, William S. Kundig, came from Switzerland. The 5th ILAB Congress was held in Geneva in 1952, the 15th ILAB Congress took place in Basle in 1962, while the ILAB members enjoyed the 25th ILAB Congress and 8th International Antiquarian Book Fair in Zurich in 1978.

From 27th to 30th September 64 leading experts from Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States will show rare and precious books, manuscripts, autographs, beautiful bindings, prints, photographs and vintage posters at the Kongresshaus Zurich, next to the lake, at the same time and in the same venue as the renowned Fine Art Zurich.

Magnificently illuminated manuscripts, beautiful books of hours, milestones in philosophy and sciences, richly illustrated travel accounts and colour-plate-books, the famous “Weltchronik” by Hartman Schedel, printed in 1493 and superbly hand-coloured, original sketches by Leonardo da Vinci, handwritten annotations by Philipp Melanchthon, Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking studies on the evolution of man, Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt’s original manuscripts, modern book illustrations and the fascinating art of book binding – there is no better place for book lovers to admire and to buy rare treasures from five centuries of printing than the 24th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 27th to 30th September 2012 at the Kongresshaus Zurich.

The York National Book Fair from Friday 14th September
Both London and International dealers as well as more locally based book sellers, will be displaying the best of their stock for Sale at the York Book Fair. There is likely to be a huge range of books, maps and prints at various prices.

The highlights for the fair include David Hockney's That's the Way I See It which has an original full-page gouache painting by the author on the half-title of a hand in brown against a background of blue and a black ink grid, holding a green sign surrounding the printed half-title with the painted words "For Caren" and inscribed by the artist, with the date 2nd April 1994 and priced at £7,500.

Alice in Wonderland related material from one of Dodgson's child friends containing previously unrecorded presentation copies, letters and an interesting and amusing unpublished manuscript poem previously unknown to scholars will also be available for sale at £35,000. Also the only known example in private hands of Robert Harman's, 'A Plan of ye South Prospect of ye Ancient Burrough of Richmond. Seated on ye River Swale in ye North Riding of ye County of York', is a map which, apart from some minor repairs at the double folds, is otherwise in excellent condition valued at £8500.

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