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The World's Leading Prize honouring outstanding work in the field of bibliography and book history

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography is sponsored by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers with the generous support of the B. H. Breslauer Foundation. The 18th edition of the prize was awarded on 14 September 2022 at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

Winners 2022

1st Prize:
Jack Baldwin, A Catalogue of Fifteenth-Century Printed Books in Glasgow Libraries and Museums, 2 vols (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2020).

>> “A wonderful celebration of some sixty years working with books” For more information about this year's prize and winners, please click HERE

2nd Prize:
Ernst Fischer; Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels – Historische Kommission, ed.: Geschichte des deutschen Buchhandels im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert Band 3 Drittes Reich und Exil. Teil 3: Exilbuchhandel 1933–1945 / 1; Teil 3: Exilbuchhandel 1933–1945 / 2; Teil 3: Exilbuchhandel / Supplement, 3 vols (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2020–21).

3rd Prize:
Renaud Adam, Vivre et imprimer dans les Pays- Bas Méridionaux (Des Origines à la réforme), 2 vols (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018).

Honourable Mention
Frank Romano (with Miranda Mitrano), History of Desktop Publishing (New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 2019).

A Catalogue of The Cotsen Children’s Library. I: The Nineteenth Century Emery Walker Theodore Roosevelt Provenance Research in Book History Das Losbuch: Manuskriptologie einer Textsorte des 14. bis 16. Jahrhunderts British Sporting Periodicals A Catalogue of The Cotsen Children’s Library The Private Library

2022 Submissions

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99 for 2022!

99 outstanding publications were submitted for the 18th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, a record number and a testimony to the active field of bibliography and book history and research.

Please take a look at the Submissions 2022 site above and view the wide range of subjects and languages on display.

Submissions for the 19th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2026

ILAB will soon announce further details of how to submit publications for the next edition of the prize.

ILAB & The B. H. Breslauer Foundation supporting a worldwide community of scholars, publishers & academics

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, ILAB, the world’s largest network of professional rare booksellers, recognizes every four years the author of the best work, published or unpublished, of learned bibliography: research into the history of the book or book trade, book design or binding, typography, or books of general interest on the subject. Entries are not restricted to English language publications: all languages and places of publication are considered, by an international jury.

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography was founded in the early days of the League. In 2008, its name was changed into ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography to honour a very generous gift granted by the B. H. Breslauer Foundation. The Breslauer Foundation was set up by Dr. Bernard H. Breslauer (1918-2004), an ILAB bookseller who had a life-long passion for the field of bibliography.

This international Prize of $10,000 US is awarded every fourth year to the author(s) of the most original and outstanding published work in the broad field of bibliography. In addition, starting with the 2022 prize, the ILAB Committee and the Breslauer Foundation have agreed to assign a second and a third prize of the value respectively of US$ 5,000 and US$ 3,000 to the second and third most voted book. Apart from the Prize, the jurors may at their discretion award Honourable Mentions to other deserving entries.

The next ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2026.

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