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 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 2018, a 2nd prize of $5000 and a 3rd prize of $3000 was awarded.
Any aspect of bibliography (e.g. enumerative, textual, history of the book, design, binding, book trade, etc.) is admitted. Certain categories are not eligible, notably catalogues of books (or exhibitions of books) intended for sale, and translations of works appearing in another language. Apart from the Prize, the jurors may at their discretion award Honourable Mentions to other deserving entries.
The purpose of the prize is to draw attention to the best academic work being done in the field, to reward and honour it in appropriate terms, and to publicize the League's support for the original scholarship on which the book trade so much depends on.
To submit a publication for the 2022 prize, please contact the ILAB Secretariat.