Thursday, September 29, 2016

Antiquarian Book News

"Scarcest and Most Valuable Africana Folio" Daniell (Samuel) African Scenery and Animals Estimate: $60,000/70,000

First edition, 2 parts in one volume, 2 aquatint title (dedication) pages with sepia wash, 30 fine hand-coloured aquatint plates by Samuel and William Daniell, with accompanying text (text of three plates per page), later half calf with marbled paper sides secured with ties – the edges of the paper are worn, bookplate of the Westdean Library on front paste-down endpaper and the shelf mark of the Octagon Library R9. W1935, the aquatint plates are delicately coloured and in unusually good state.

Abbey (J.R.) Travel in Aquatint and Lithography 1770-1860, Volume I, no. 321, describes this folio as follows, "In Mendelssohn's opinion this is 'the scarcest and most valuable of the large atlas folios of South African illustrations.' Samuel Daniell arrived at the Cape on 9 December 1799. He was appointed by Lieutenant-General Dundas, who became his patron there, and to whom the first volume (part) is dedicated, to act as secretary to a mission to the 'Booshuanas'. The expedition eventually reached Lataku, at that time the limit of European exploration, and was the source for Daniell of the plates." is an online auction site dedicated to the sale of rare and out-of print books, maps & prints, documents, letters, ephemera and vintage photography.
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Ireland: Dublin Book Fair, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 October

The next Dublin Book Fair will take place on 1 and 2 October at the Freemasons’ Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin. Fair times: Saturday: 12.00 – 6.00pm and Sunday: 11.30 – 5.0pm. Admission €3.
Featuring established booksellers from all over England, Scotland and Ireland, including the venerable Maggs Brothers of Mayfair, Foster’s Bookshop from London, Mark Skipper from Cheltenham, P & B Rowan of Belfast, Jerry Kelleher from Kildare, Joe Collins and Stoney Road Press of Dublin and William Cowan Books from Oban in Scotland. For further information, please contact Joe McCann at

In association with the fair, the head of rare books at Bonhams and star of the Antiques Roadshow, Matthew Haley, will be giving a talk entitled How to Buy a Rare Book and he will also be offering complimentary book valuations. The talk begins at 11.00am on Saturday 1 October at Bonhams, 31 Molesworth Street opposite the Book Fair. Entry is free, but space is limited. Places can be reserved by contacting Bonhams Dublin representative Jane Beattie at


Luxury PBFA Sherborne Book Fair – October 1st, 2016

ArielWith the nights drawing in, it’s time to settle down with a good book.

The next PBFA Sherborne Book Fair is being held at The Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL on Saturday October 1st from 10am. to 4pm. There will be over twenty of the finest book dealers in the South West and further afield attending, including two new additions to the local antiquarian bookselling scene, Peter Foster Books of Frome (specialising in children’s illustrated, fine bindings and first editions) and Bruins Books from Yeovil (specialising in militaria, history and biography).

Amongst the highlights for visitors is a first edition of Ariel – Poems by Sylvia Plath.  In fine condition, published by Faber and Faber 1965, it is priced at £160 and offered for sale by Kingswood Books of Milborne Port. Another highlight is a rare signed copy of Memoirs of a Foxhunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon with illustrations by William Nicholson, published by Faber & Faber in 1954, priced at £250, being offered by Steven Ferdinando of Queen Camel, near Yeovil.

Refreshments available all day. Why not combine a trip to the book fair with a day out in the busy market town of Sherborne?

Enquiries: Karen Jakobsen at Bond Books on 01258 471 249


Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes New President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 20th September 2016 in Budapest the presidents of ILAB's 22 national member associations voted for Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes (Spain) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Norbert Donhofer (Austria) who served as President from 2014 to 2016; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice-President Sally Burdon (Australia).

Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes is well prepared for the duties he will be facing in the upcoming two years of his ILAB presidency. He has been a member of the ILAB Committee for many years and has served as Vice-President under Norbert Donhofer. In his work for ILAB he has put special emphasis on the prevention and detection of book thefts. As Security Chair he has been coordinating ILAB's efforts in this important field. Pontes has been a rare book dealer for nearly 28 years. He holds a degree in classical history and archeology and took part in several excavations in the Middle East before he established his bookshop in Madrid in 1991. He specializes in travel, exploration and Spanish history. He is a lecturer at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid where he teaches summer courses in the antiquarian book trade. As President of the Spanish Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (AILA) Pontes not only organized the 38th ILAB Congress and 22nd ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in Madrid in 2008, but also the ILAB Presidents' Meeting in Seville in 2015.

Sally Burdon is widely known as the organizer of the worldwide ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs on UNESCO World Book & Copyright Day 2015 and 2016. She has been a member of the ILAB Committee since 2014. She is particularly interested in supporting younger and newer members of the book trade through educational projects such as the ILAB mentor program and campaigns to promote and support rare book schools worldwide. Sally Burdon is a member of the Burdon family of antiquarian booksellers, in effect she was a bookseller in training from the age of 10. After a period of living overseas, she returned to Canberra in 1982 and started working full time in the family business now known as Asia Bookroom. She is a past President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB), served on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for 3 years and has organized several conferences on bookselling in Australia.
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