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ILAB-LILA Associate Member


A federation of 22 national associations representing nearly 1,800 booksellers in 34 countries


Australia & New Zealand:


Te Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB)


Austria: Verband der Antiquare Öesterreichs (VAO)


Belgium: Chambre Professionelle Belge de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (CLAM)/


Belgische Beroepskamer van Antiquaren (BBA) Brazil: Associação Brasileira


de Livreiros Antiquarios (ABLA)


Canada: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Canada (ABAC)/Association de la Librairie Ancienne du Canada (ALAC)


Czech Republic: Svaz Antikváru CR (SACR) Denmark: Den Danske


Antikvarboghandlerforening (ABF) Finland: Suomen Antikvariaattiyhdistys (SAY)


France: Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne (SLAM) Germany:


Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V. (VDA) Hungary:


Magyar Antikváriusok Egyesülete (MAE) Italy:


Associazione Librai Antiquari d’Italia (ALAI)


Japan: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Japan (ABAJ)


Korea (South): Te Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Korea (ABAK)


Netherlands: Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren (NVvA)


Norway: Norsk Antikvarbokhandlerforening (NABF)


Russia: Guild of Antiquarian Booksellers – Russian Federation (GAB)


Spain: Adscriptio Iberica Librariae Antiquariorum (AILA)


Sweden: Svenska Antikvariatföreningen (SVAF)


Switzerland: Vereinigung der Buchantiquare und Kupferstichhändler in der Schweiz


(VEBUKU)/Syndicat de la librairie ancienne et du commerce de l’estampe en Suisse (SLACES


United Kingdom: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA)


United States of America: Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA)


International League of Antiquarian Booksellers Ligue Internationale de la Librairie Ancienne


T


he International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, with 22 National Members Associations, represents the expertise of


the world’s finest booksellers in 34 countries. It is, to the Book World, the equivalent of CINOA to the Art Market.


Our History Te idea of forming an international organisation of antiquarian booksellers that would


beneficially link various national


associations was originally conceived by the president of the Dutch Association, Menno Hertzberger. As a Jew, he had spent part of the Second World War hiding from the Nazis. To quote him: "Five long years (of war) had put up … barriers between nations. Tere was no communication. Tis enforced extra chauvinism – worse, hatred. Was there a possibility to do something about inter- human relationships, to bring nations more together? Tis was my dream. But how could it be realised? Only on common ground, on mutual interests. Terefore, for an antiquarian bookseller, by THE BOOK!"


Amor Librorum Nos Unit In 1947 representatives from five countries: Denmark, France, Great Britain, Holland and Sweden, met in Amsterdam to discuss the formation of such an organisation, with the aim of establishing new hope for international peace through open markets, to foster friendship and understanding, and to counteract the animosity and suspicion engendered by World War Two. Te president of the British Association, Percy Muir, chaired the first conference and became


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a major role player in the evolution of the League. Te ILAB was formally incorporated in Copenhagen in September 1948, with ten participating countries.


ILAB Today Today, the League has as its members 22 national associations, representing some 34 countries and around 1,800 individual bookselling firms. Te League is a non-profit organisation, with its legal location in Geneva, and its main object is the coordination of all efforts and projects relating to the development and growth of the trade of antiquarian bookselling, thereby creating friendly relations between antiquarian booksellers throughout the world. It also strives to uphold and improve professional standards in the trade, to promote honourable conduct in business, and to contribute in various ways to a broader appreciation of the history and art of the book.


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