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Buch Wien 2012: Antiquarian Booksellers go Facebook, Twitter & Co.

Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers have set up new website and present themselves with several highlights at the book fair in Vienna

(November 14th, 2012) - Not at all antiquated: the Antiquarian Booksellers of Austria introduce their new website to the public on the book fair “Buch Wien 12” between November 22nd and 25th. The new website was developed in intense collaboration with the Hauptverband des österreichischen Buchhandels as well as the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and is supposed to be an innovative platform for business, culture and book sciences in and out of Austria – a (virtual) space for networking, interaction and interdisciplinary exchange.

New website, new platform

This is why the new internet presence not only communicates news from the association, international auctions and events, but also publishes articles and other contributions on literature, book sciences, contemporary history, arts and culture. “It is of incredible importance for our branch to break new, creative ground”, says Dieter Tausch, who is the President of the Austrian Association of Antiquarian Booksellers since the beginning of 2012, referring to the commitment for a positive and timely approach to new media.

Exploring all the supplies by the Austrian antiquarian booksellers online

Apart from articles in a wide range of topics, two search engines give dynamics to the new website. It is possible to search for a specific book in a database containing the whole quantity of supplies of the Austrian antiquarian booksellers as well as to search for antiquarian book-selling companies in all of Austria. The individual presentations of each company inform about activities, specialities and offers. Requests and orders can be made via e-mail in direct contact with each company.

Austrian Association of Antiquarian Booksellers at Facebook and Twitter

At the same time the Association launches their new presences on Facebook and Twitter. Dieter Tausch's mostly German-speaking “tweets” are playful and amusing takes on books, reading, literature, being an antiquarian bookseller and related topics (https://twitter.com/AntiquareAt).

Bibliophile rarities at Buch Wien 12

Not only in the world wide web, but also on the Viennese book fair Austria's antiquarian booksellers appear with a strong presence. For the first time, 26 antiquarian booksellers organise an exhibition and information stand and present a well-assorted selection of bibliophile rarities; the two companies Norbert Donhofer and Meindl & Sulzmann are represented with own stands.

Among the objects to be seen and to be discovered at the stand of the antiquarian booksellers (Nr. 229) are:

The rare German first edition (1908) of Bram Stoker's Dracula (Antiquariat Meindl & Sulzmann)

An early edition of the popular Italy travelling guide by F. Scoto (1650) with its famous copper engravings (Antiquariat Andreas Moser)

The magnificent baroque opus of Viennese veduta by Salomon Kleiner (Antiquariat Michael Steinbach)

The first editions of the two revolutionary scientific articles on the discovery of the DNA structure by Nobel laureates James D. Watson and Francis H. Crick (Antiquariat Matthäus Truppe)

An extremely rare original photograph of Sigmund Freud with his handwritten dedication to the son of the important French psychoanalyst and Freud's close friend Princess Marie Bonaparte (INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg.)

A christmas children's book by Franz Cizek, the grand doyen of Wiener Kinetismus and art educator at the Wiener Kunstgewerbeschule (Antiquariat Weinek)

Crébillon's „Der Sophia“ in a refined leather binding of the Wiener Werkstätte, designed by Koloman Moser (Antiquariat Johann A. Schantl)

A Thomas Bernhard presentation copy, dedicated to the grocer („Gemischtwarenhändlerin“) from his book „Holzfällen“, thanking her for lending him money (Antiquariat „erlesenes“)

(Detailled descriptions of every object and photos on www.antiquare.at)

Invitation to media

For media representatives Dr. Hansjörg Krug (Antiquariat und Kunsthandlung Christian M. Nebehay), Hugo Wetscherek (INLIBRIS Gilhofer Nfg.) and Mag. Joy Antoni (Antiquariat "erlesenes", coordination of the website relaunch) will be available for questions and interviews (Exhibition stand Nr. 229) at the „medial opening“ of the Buch Wien 12 on the evening of November 21st, starting from 7 pm.

Messe Wien, Halle D (U2 station Krieau)
Stand Nr. 229
Th, Fr – 9 am to 6 pm
Sa – 10 am to 6 pm
So – 10 am to 5 pm
Informations: www.antiquare.at

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Queries to:

Dieter Tausch (President of the Austrian Association of Antiquarian Booksellers)
dieter.tausch@aon.at, +43 664/1614076

Joy Antoni (Project coordination New Website)
erlesenes@chello.at, +43 676/920 43 43

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