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The World's Leading Prize to Honour 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. Submissions are now open for the 18th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, to be awarded in 2022, for new bibliographical publications printed between 2018 and 2021 inclusive.

The Reformation of Historical Thought Vanity Fair and the Celestial City History of Desktop Publishing Christophe Plantin et son Officine et the Officina Plantiniana (1555-1655) Jane Austen’s Lost Novel Early Dutch Maritime Cartography. The North Holland School of Cartography (c. 1580-c. 1620) A Catalogue of The Cotsen Children’s Library. I: The Nineteenth Century Il libro d’ore in italia tra confraternite e corti (1275-1349): Lettori, artisti, immagini

2022 Submissions

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Calling for submissions

Publishers, academics, scholars and members of the rare book trade are asked to submit publications by 31 December 2021. Any aspect of bibliography (e.g. enumerative, textual, history of the book, design, binding, book trade, etc.) is admitted. Entries are not restricted to English language publications: all languages and places of publication are considered by an international jury.

Please send one or two copies of the publication to:
Fabrizio Govi - ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography Chair
at Libreria Govi, via Bononcini 24, I-41124 Modena, Italy

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largest network of professional rare booksellers, recognizes every four years the author of the best work, published or unpublished, of learned bibliography: research into the history of the book or book trade, book design or binding, typography, or books of general interest on the subject.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.

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