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“Dans le monde du livre ancien et de la recherche bibliographique, deux personnages sont, jours après jours, confrontés à des problèmes de recherche, d’identification et d’évaluation d’oeuvres anciennes, précieuses ou non: Le conservateur de bibliothèque et le libraire antiquaire. Le second, tout particulièrement, car de sa science et de ses connaissences dépendent son commerce et sa réputation.“

Georges A. Deny

“Bibliographies are, if not the most important tool of an antiquarian bookseller, certainly one of the most important tools of antiquarian booksellers, librarians, scholars, researchers, and collectors. It is therefore only befitting that the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) honours a work in this scholarly field with a prize.“

Arnoud Gerits

THE PRIZE

The most prestigious prize in the field of bibliography.

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years.

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018

The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense (textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc.). The jury will not take into for sale and translations of previously published works. Submissions for the 2018 Prize are now closed.

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17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

Prize 2018

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017. Any work submitted to the Prize must be a published book available on the market. The prize jury will admit all publications relating to bibliography in a very broad sense (textual bibliography, history of the book, bookbinding, papermaking, type-founding, library catalogues, short-title catalogues of a single author or typographer, etc.). The jury will not take into consideration ebooks and catalogues of books intended for sale and translations of previously published works. The books can be submitted to the prize at any time but latest by the end of April in 2017 by sending a single copy to the Prize Secretary Fabrizio Govi. The jury for the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography has been newly established and is already at work. It is formed by:Bettina Wagner – State Library, Bamberg (Germany) Daniel de Simone – Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC (United States)Yann Sordet – Bibliothèque Mazarine, Paris (France)Winfried Kuhn – Antiquariat Winfried Kuhn, Berlin (Germany)Justin Croft – Justin Croft Antiquarian Books, Faversham (United Kingdom), and Fabrizio Govi – Libreria Alberto Govi, Modena (Italy)

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AND THE WINNER IS: JAMES BOND - 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

WINNER: Jon Gilbert

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, awarded every four years to the most outstanding scholarly book about books and worth 10.000 $, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.
The Jury, consisting of Felix de Marez Oyens (President of the B.H. Breslauer Foundation), David Adams (Manchester University), Jean-Marc Chatelain (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), Poul Jan Poulsen (Aldus Antikvariat, Denmark), Umberto Pregliasco (Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco, Italy) and Arnoud Gerits (A. Gerits & Son, The Netherlands), has honoured Jon Gilbert with the 16th Prize for his outstanding and superb bibliography on Ian Fleming and his works:
Jon Gilbert: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography
Preface by Fergus Fleming. Foreword by Michael L. Vanblaricum. Edited by Brad Frank. London, Queen Anne Press, 2012.

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17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

Submitted Books 2018

Submitted Books for 2018
Throughout the past weeks and months writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book were invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.
Submissions for the 2018 Prize have now closed. 
Please find below a listing of all submitted titles. An endlessly fascinating collection of books so valuable to our trade; dealers and librarians but also collectors and enthusiasts of the printed book and its history. 

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