September 2012 | Rebecca Rego Barry

ILAB Book Fair Highlights

Later this month the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers will meet in Zurich, Switzerland, for the 24th ILAB Book Fair.

The 33-page press release issued by ILAB presents a selection of highlights in books, manuscripts, autographs, prints, posters, and photographs from 64 dealers from all over the world. Seen here are but a few fine examples.

Nuremberg.jpgDaniel Crouch Rare Books will show this full color first edition Nuremberg Chronicle (Koberger, June 1493) formerly owned by Christoph Sigmund von Kirschberg, Baron of Lower Austria. The exquisite book is bound in seventeenth-century blind-tooled pigskin over bevelled oak boards. (475.000 CHF $500,000 USD)

simsreed.jpgSims Reed Rare Books will offer this stunning Georges Crette binding of Balzac's Le Chef-d'Oeuvre Inconnu illustrated with thirteen etched plates by Picasso. It is one of 65 copies. (87.750 CHF $92,000 USD)

Antiquariaat Junk.jpgDutch Natural history specialists Antiquariaat Junk has this very fine copy of Illustrations of the American Ornithology of Alexander Wilson and Charles Lucien Bonaparte, "one of the scarcest colour-plate books on American ornithology." Formerly in the library of Frederick Ducane Godman. (144.000 CHF $152,000 USD)

During the fair, the Zurich Central Library will exhibit Treasures from five centuries of printing in Zurich, and the Gutenberg Guild will demonstrate early printing techniques. The fair runs from Sept. 27-30, following the ILAB Congress on Sept. 22-26. For more information, or to download a book fair catalogue, go to: