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News this week that Amazon is experimenting with deliveries to the boot (trunk) of the customer's car where it is parked may not surprise our readers. We are becoming used to innovative (and headline grabbing) ideas. Of course, the idea may never catch on but it does provide food for thought.

Today 23 April it is not only St George's Day in England but UNESCO / ILAB's World Book and Copyright Day. Pop up book fairs have and are appearing in countries around the world - a credit to the organisers and every dealer who is taking part.   


Australia: Pop Up Book Fair at Sydney's State Library
Sally Burdon writes: 'As the sun goes down on Sydney, 14 happy ILAB affiliates are enjoying the last hour of the Pop Up Book Fair at the State Library of NSW. Over $1,000 of spines have filled two Empty Bookcase Posters and booksellers report some high value sales.
  The day began with a special whirlwind preview for 20 Sydney librarians invited for a special preview. The 14 dealers present were given 2 minutes to speak to the group. We wanted to connect with librarians of all levels of experience on World Book and Copyright Day of all days! The world of ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs was officially opened by Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian and Professor Dame Marie Bashir with the public present at 12 noon.
  Retired ANZAAB member Susan Tompkins has worked successfully throughout the afternoon in the library halls, handing out colourful invitation cards to students and passers by inviting them to see the Pop Up, handle the books, chat to the booksellers and, of course, buy a symbolic spine for South Sudan.
  The State Library of New South Wales held a special display of Shakespeare's First Folios in their collection giving the public a chance to have a real "up close and personal" moment with these beautiful volumes.
  What a day! A few quiet spells over the 7 hours, far fewer than expected, but given that it is Thursday, a couple of days before the 100th Anniversary of the landing of the ANZAACs at Gallipoli and following huge storms - we have been delighted with the attendance, interest and support for antiquarian books and for UNESCO's literacy work in South Sudan.'
[This is the first report received - readers in the USA may know that pop up fairs are taking place today so if you are near one, do find time to visit. Ed.]
  For up to the minute reports of Pop Up Book Fairs in Europe and elsewhere see ILAB's blog.  It has been a huge success and events continue throughout the rest of today around the world. Pop up book fairs can be found in New York, New Castle, Washington, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland. For more information
[Our special thanks to Dr. Barbara van Benthem, ILAB's Web Editor in Tutzing, Germany, who has created the many press releases received here and co-ordinated the gathering of information and photos from all corners of the world. I'm sure it was no easy task. Ed.]

Canada: AbeBooks fills 'Empty Bookcases' for South Sudan!
A generous donation started the ILAB Pop Up Book Fair week! Even before the ILAB Pop Up Book Fairs appear across the world on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day 2015, Richard Davies of AbeBooks announced that AbeBooks would make the generous donation of US$ 2000 towards ILAB's project to help fund UNESCO's vital literacy work in South Sudan.
  South Sudan, the world's newest state, is a troubled place indeed. Literacy is a way through some of the problems that beset the children in South Sudan and thanks to AbeBooks' generous gift, 190 sets of children's 'Bouba and Zaza' books especially written and published for African children will be put into South Sudanese schools. Read more

UK: A reminder for dealers faced with e-book enthusiasts!

The Daily Mail this week gave out a warning that we have broadcast before. 'Escaping from the hectic world to curl up with a good book is one of life’s simple pleasures.' But thanks to the popularity of e-readers, it seems that when you settle down to enjoy a novel you’re no longer alone. The digital devices not only track which books you read, but can monitor the passages you dwell on and the time you put your book down at night to go to sleep. Read more
[For dealers faced with e-book enthusiasts this is always good to impart. Ed.]

USA / Germany: No, it's not April 1st! - Amazon deliveries coming to car trunks
The e-commerce firm is set to bring its well-known brown delivery boxes to the trunks of customers' cars -- but only in a German test program. In case receiving your purchases at your doorstep within an hour isn't convenient enough, Amazon now has a new answer: deliveries to the trunk of your car. The Seattle e-commerce giant said it starts with a small test program in Germany -- along with German delivery company DHL and German automaker Audi -- to provide shipments to car trunks. The test starts next month. Read more
[This is how it works: During the checkout process, customers simply indicate the approximate location of their car during the delivery window. When a carrier driver arrives, the vehicle's car boot / trunk can be momentarily accessed via a unique, order specific digital authorisation. The delivery agent then simply places the order into the car boot / trunk and closes the hatch which locks the car again. Ed.]

USA: Copyright infringers fined $37.5m
A global piracy ring has been found guilty in a US federal court of intentionally infringing copyright, sharing copies of books from up to 16,000 international publishers. The maximum damages allowed under US law - $37.5m – were awarded.
  The case of Elsevier Inc v Victor Kozlov and Pavel Kazutsin, which was brought to court as a joint action by the global publishing industry, concerned the defendants' websites Avaxhome and Avaxsearch, which illegally provided access to digital copies of millions of books, as well films, music, games and other copyrighted content. Read more
[See also: Man sues Empire team for copyright infringement and plagiarism -- and $1 billion. Read more Ed.]

Thailand: Thai bookseller given jail term
A Thai man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in jail for selling books that allegedly defamed the monarchy, the latest in a string of convictions under a notorious lese majeste law. The Court of Appeals overturned a 2014 court decision which had cleared Udomsak Wattanaworachaiwathin of any wrongdoing in a case that stretches back nine years. Read more

International: Children's print book sales buck the trend
At our Nielsen Children’s Summit in New York in December, we talked about how children’s print book sales around the world in the last couple of years have been nothing short of fantastic. Total print sales in the US rose 2%, but children’s was the key driver, with 13% growth. In the U.K. total print sales fell by 2% – children’s grew by 8%. In China (where children’s sales are a smaller proportion of the total than in the West) total unit sales were up 3%, but children’s units grew by 10%. With the exception of India, this same pattern of children’s print sales growth outstripping total market performance was apparent in the seven other international markets we monitor through Nielsen BookScan. In the last six months of 2014 in Brazil, children’s books were 28% ahead of the second half of 2013! Read more

Israel: New Israeli law mandates price controls for books, here's what happened to sales after just one year
A new Israeli law controlling the price of books and mandating guaranteed minimum compensation for writers has had the complete opposite effect of what lawmakers had intended, with book sales now in a free fall just one year after the law went into effect. It’s called 'The Law for Protecting Literature and Books,' but the impact on the industry has been so devastating that the head of a prominent book publisher has taken to calling the new mandate, 'The Law for Hurting Literature and Books.' The way things used to work in Israel was that the two main booksellers – Steimetzky and Tzomet Sfarim – would offer massive discounts on books, often selling new titles at two for the price of one or even four books for 100 Israeli shekels, or about $25. Read more

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UK: Owner of antiquarian bookshop launches a new literary festival
The Duke of Devonshire, owner of Heywood Hill a shop in Mayfair London, has announced the launch of a major new literary festival ‘The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud’, running from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September. The three day event is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for the arts and will feature a stellar line up of more than 20 speakers drawn from the literary world, art, tv, museums and journalism. Read more
[We have enquired about the possible participation of antiquarian dealers and we will be informed about developments as and when known. Ed.]

UK: Just one in ten authors can earn full-time living from writing, report finds
To many, it is the dream job: nobly toiling to create a fine work of literature or agenda-setting academia. The reality of being a writer has been laid bare in a new report highlighting the low earning many endure for their art.
  A study, conducted by Queen Mary, University of London, showed just one in ten authors can afford to earn a living from writing alone, a drop from 40 per cent just a decade ago. A typical professional writer, it found, earned just £11,000 annually; less than the minimum wage. In real terms, the average earnings of authors is down eight per cent since 2005, according to the report commissioned by the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS). Read more

[In the long term will there be fewer authors - and therefore fewer books?  A thought to ponder on. Ed.]

USA: Odyssey Bookstore owner ready to turn the page
Good things are like good books: they tend to last. Just ask Bernard Wolf, the owner of Odyssey Bookstore. His luckiest business break came as a result of a fire. The year was 1995. His store was occupying the bottom floor of a brownstone at Sherbrooke and Bleury Sts. that once housed the Montreal Kravitz family of Ben’s restaurant fame. Unbeknownst to Wolf, the store’s ceiling had been tinned by the Kravitzes to stop a ground floor fire from spreading upward. Read more

UK: Never-before-seen pictures of Captain Scott's doomed expedition on their way to the South Pole sell for £36,000
Haunting never-before-seen images showing Captain Scott's doomed expedition team setting off on their ill-fated trek to the South Pole have sold for a staggering £30,000. The archive of 52 celluloid negatives show the great British adventurer and his men heading off in the snow-covered wilderness during the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition of 1912. Some of the pictures show the herd of ponies the team used to haul the equipment-laden sledges on the 800 mile trek that would end with the deaths of Scott and the polar party of Edward Wilson, Lawrence Oates, Edger Evans and Henry Bowers. (They were sold by Henry Aldridge and Son Auctioneers of Devizes, Wiltshire, to an unnamed buyer.) Read more

UK: Ann Morgan-Hughes
We learn that Ann Morgan-Hughes of Black Cat Books has died suddenly in her own home on Sunday 19 April. She was 83. Details of funeral arrangements will follow.


UK: PBFA's Oxford Book Fair, 25 and 26 April
A reminder that the annual PBFA Oxford Book Fair is one of the largest events in the antiquarian, rare and second-hand book, map, print and ephemera calendar - and it takes place this weekend.
  There will be over 100 dealers who will be offering tens of thousands of rare and collectable items.
  The venue is the Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane, Oxford OX3 0BP. Admission: £2 or free via the website - opening hours are Saturday 25 April from Noon - 6.00pm, and Sunday 26 April 10.0am-4.00pm.

UK: Etc's Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair, Sunday 26 April
This Sunday 26 April, the ETC Fairs has their Bloomsbury Book, Ephemera & Postcard Fair taking place at the Royal National Hotel, London WC1H 0DG. Visitors can expect to see a great mix of books, prints, ephemera, postcards and more. The fair is proving to be a one-stop event for collectors and enthusiasts with items to suit all tastes and budgets! Each month sees new exhibitors plus all our regulars.
  The event is easy to get to with great transport links, or if you are driving, there is free meter parking and no congestion charge on Sunday. The website has full
details, with up to date exhibitor lists and more. Open from 9.30am until 3pm. For further details phone Kim on 01707 872140 or check the website

UK: PBFA's Devizes Book Fair, 2 May

The next Devizes Book Fair takes place on Saturday 2 May at the the Corn Exchange, Market Place, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1HS from 10.00am – 4.00pm. Antiquarian and secondhand books, prints, maps, postcards, vintage ads, ephemera and children's collectables will be offered for sale with prices ranging from £1 - £1,000. Admission £1. Download complimentary ticket at
  Shepherds Bookbinders ( will be in attendance to give demonstrations of bookbinding and provide information about their courses and the work of Bound by Veterans, a Service charity that uses bookbinding to support veterans by therapy, training, qualifications, work experience and employment. The Wiltshire Family History Society ( also have a stand at the fair and will be offering advice and materials to those interested in tracing their Wiltshire ancestry.
 This popular biannual fair is held in the centre of Devizes with the Farmers Market running opposite. With up to twenty dealers offering books, postcards, prints, maps, vintage ads, ephemera and children's collectables, there is something for all interests and budgets. The venue is spacious and has full disabled facilities. Excellent refreshments are available throughout the day including lunches and homemade cakes. For further details contact:
Images from a previous fair. Click on images to enlarge.

UK: Wing Book Fair, Sunday 3 May
The next Wing Book Fair takes place on Sunday 3 May at the Wing Village Hall, Leighton Road, Wing, Buckinghamshire LU7 0NW from 9.30am to 3pm. This is one of Buckinghamshire's longest running book fairs. Helpful booksellers with books for all tastes, collectable children's books, illustrated, travel, military and much more including some printed ephemera, large collection of collectable motoring books on sale at this fair. All at sensible prices for dealers, collectors and avid readers. Stands available from £20. Details contact Organiser Richard Frost 01442 862011.
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Wales: Welsh Antiquarian Book Fair, Saturday 9 May
The next Welsh Antiquarian Book Fair takes place on Saturday 9 May at Morlan Centre which is within a couple of minutes walk from the centre of this busy University town and it runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is a pound and tea/coffee is included. This annual book fair usually attracts around 12 - 15 exhibitors. They will have antiquarian maps, postcards and printed ephemera on sale. The main focus is on items of Welsh, Celtic and Arthurian interest in both Welsh and English. You will find valuable private press books as well as plenty of inexpensive items. I should add that there are always books that are of a more general interest.
  If you walk for a couple more minutes you will be on the beach. A fine distraction if you've had enough of the books! Abersytwyth is also the home of the National Library of Wales. It is well worth a visit and there are always interesting exhibitions to be seen as well as a shop and restaurant.


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USA: Swann Galleries' 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings
Swann Galleries continues to be the market leader for prints by American artists at auction. The 5 March sale of 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings offered an exceptional selection of works by celebrated New York City printmaker Martin Lewis, other American artists and Modern European masters.
  Examples by Lewis included some so scarce, they’d never appeared at auction before, such as his The 'El' Station, drypoint, 1919, which set a benchmark at $47,500. Beating previous auction records was Martin’s Glow of the City, drypoint, 1929, at $52,500 and Bay Windows, drypoint and sandpaper ground, 1929, at $30,000. Another city view setting a new auction record was Louis Lozowick’s Hanover Square, lithograph, 1929, $27,500. Printed by Pablo Picasso led the 20th century European portion of the sale, with Tête de Femme (Portrait de Jacqueline de Face, II), color linoleum cut, 1962, being the top lot at $93,750, while Tête de Jeune Fille, lithograph, 1947 and La Dame à la Collerette (Portrait de Jacqueline à la fraise), color linoleum cut, 1962, sold for $68,750 and $52,500 respectively.
  For complete results, an illustrated catalogue with prices realized (on request) is available for $40 in the U.S. ($50 internationally) from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at


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UK: The Bookhunter on Safari
Readers might like to follow Laurence Worms (ABA's immediate Past President), as he writes about the trade and the dealers he visits on his safari around the UK!
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International: Sheppard's Trade Suppliers
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  To create a trade entry - select trade Suppliers from the menu on Sheppard's Confidential.  Complete the contact details and add a few words to promote your business.  You can also upload a photo to appear in your entry. 
  Your business / trading name will also appear in Sheppard's Confidential - which will keep your name in front of our many readers.  This goes every week except for the Christmas break.
  The list is also accessible via the Home Page on
  The cost of the service - as it is promoting your business to collectors and dealers in 44 countries - is just £12 per year.

Fair Organisers Promotion of Exhibitors' Top Titles  

Fair organisers can now offer additional promotion of dealers' titles that they intend to bring to the event.  If a fair manager can obtain details of the top three titles from their exhibitors, paste them into the template provided and send the result by-mail to us, we will convert it to a PDF and attach it to a display panel to go out to collectors and dealers via Sheppard's Confidential.
  The main benefit is that the list will be brought to the notice of all our readers rather than sitting on a website which is passive.
  Most of our services are free but we are asking £10 for the insertion per fair - whether it is inserted into one or more more editions of Sheppard's Confidential.
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  When you find the title you seek - please contact the dealer direct - the information is usually at the start of the file.

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If dates for next year's events are known - do create new entries as soon as possible. Dealers and trade members who organise book fairs, auctions and festivals can create entries for the events they are organising.   Although any late changes must still be sent in by e-mail, we have made a major improvement.
  The entry form used to create entries has been changed.  For those organisers of multiple fairs where the majority of details remain the same for each month - the form now allows you to save the first entry - and use the same entry with amendments of date, or time etc. for the next entry.  This is designed to save you time in creating entries.
  To create the entry, use the same LoginID (as for Sheppard's World) and password but on the sister website - preview existing entries (in case we have it already) then select `Add New Entry'.
  All entries will be checked before they appear live on the calendar - so please allow some 48 hours for this.  If your event is already there, please e-mail any amendment to


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Catalogues sent in are uploaded to our website where they can be searched and browsed.  Placing them on one location makes it quicker for users to locate catalogues containing the subjects of books in which they are interested.  So we welcome catalogues from all members of the trade.
 For anyone not used to searching these catalogues - once the file has been opened on your PC, there are two ways to search for a title. Either hold the Control key down (Ctrl) and hit `F', or click `Edit' then either `Find' or `Search'.
We now offer the additional service of converting your files into formats that suit devices such as 'smart phones', e-readers' and 'tablets'. But to obtain the best layout, please also send in your Word or HTML file.

If you use an iPad and have had difficulty in seeing PDF files, please download iDownloader to your device first.

During 2014 our site attracted a huge number of visits from the public, collectors and dealers. In the 12 months of last year, 43,400 people visited the summary page of catalogues - that's over 3,600 a month. And over 5,540 downloads resulted of which 4,700 were PDF files. One feature of our site is that visitors can search across ALL the PDF files in one hit using a key word or expression.

This shortens the search time and makes the site a very effective. So it is well worth your time to have your catalogues added.

Catalogues received this week include:

Gaston Renard Pty Ltd (World War I)

Grosvenor Prints (Prints, lithographs, John Martin, Benjamin West, George Stubbs) Antiquates Ltd(Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century books)

UK: New books on special offer to UK based dealers registered on Sheppard's World.  The latest catalogues issued this month from Gazelle Book Services are on:

Birds and Ornithology

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Please contact dealers direct and mention where you saw the book! Note that catalogues remain on view for approximately four to seven weeks.
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Codex Chiromantiae, Appendix A. Dactylomancy, Or Finger-Ring Magic, Ancient, Mediaeval And Modern.
Codex Chiromantiae, Being A Compleate Manualle Of Ye Science And Arte
Criminous Clerks
Down Those Mean Streets a Gentleman's Gentleman Must Go; or, What Ho Hornblower
Engraving a Diamond
Eocene Mollusca from Nigeria
Every Schoolboys Knows
Frost Fairs on the Thames
Hodges Against Chanot: Being The History Of A Celebrated Case.
Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society
Kisses Of Fate. A Study Of Mere Human Nature
Lady Macbeth. A Study.
Monkeys and Chimeras
Nature. A Weekly Journal Of Science
Old Men Remember
Our Noble Selves. A Portion of an Epic
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London
Proceedings Royal Institution of Great Britain
Prolegomena Towards The Study of The Chalk Foraminifera
Queries: Past, Presemt & Future
Saxton Churchm Lead Chapel & Towton Church
suggestions for the improvement of the law of copyright
The Ancestry Of The Violin
The Cheetah-Girl
The Florist and Pomologist, and Suburban Gardner
The Gods of the Fourth World
The Heart of England
The Origin and Manufacture of Playing Cards
The Real Pirates of Borneo
Very Large Numbers
William Stickney 1764-1848 of Ridgemont
With the British Association in South Africa
Ye Magic Mirrour of Old Japan
Ye Roll of Ye Set of Odd Volumes

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