International League of Antiquarian Booksellers

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers meets for their biennial congress this week in Melbourne, Australia. Rare book dealer Rick Gekoski, from London, will be taking his $A450,000 copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses, inscribed by the author, D. H. Lawrence’s own copy of The Rainbow, worth $A120,000, and T. S. Eliot’s first American book of poetry inscribed to Virginia Woolf, worth $A27,000. Gekoski explains:

“I wanted to put something up on my stall that would interest people. And in that sense, my motives are not really commercial, although they are not uncommercial. I want people to come and see the books, because two things could happen. One is that they could buy a book. The second is that they could sell me a book.”


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