News | May 14, 2024

Provenance and Security in the Rare Book Trade ILAB Symposium

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The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is inviting booksellers, collectors, librarians, and anybody handling antiquarian material to attend its symposium Libraries, Booksellers and Collectors discuss Provenance, Restitution and the Conservation of our Written Heritage at Paris' INHA at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

Running June 12, it will focus on topics surrounding provenance, restitution and the conservation of the written heritage, and what challenges face the antiquarian book trade faces today in terms of protecting cultural heritage. 

The Paris symposium follows similar recent events in New York (Grolier Club) in 2019 and in Oxford (Bodleian Library) in 2022. As before, it will bring together an international panel of experts to address these crucial issues and shed light on some of the realities of the rare book trade. The symposium is organised to encourage cooperation between all the players in the market before the Salon du Livre Rare Paris 2024 at the Carreau du Temple.

The event, organised and sponsored by ILAB and supported by the Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne (SLAM), will be followed by a networking reception at the INHA.
The symposium will be held in English and French, simultaneous translation is provided for each participant by headphone if required.  Participation is free, but registration is required.

A guided tour of the BNF’s newly renovated reading rooms will also be organised for a limited number of people on June 13. Booking is also compulsory.

Session highlights of the programme include Due Diligence vs. the Realities of the rare book trade and Safeguarding our written heritage, both followed by Round Tables.