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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 Breslauer Foundation.
Submissions are now open for the 18th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, to be awarded in Oxford in May 2022, for new bibliographical publications printed between 2018 and 2021 inclusive.

Il libro d’ore in italia tra confraternite e corti (1275-1349): Lettori, artisti, immagini Calendaria Bambergensia buntpapier als pART der WW A Catalogue of The Cotsen Children’s Library. I: The Nineteenth Century Die Beethoven-Sammlung der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin: „Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!“ Geschichte des deutschen Buchhandels im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert Vivre et imprimer dans les Pays-Bas méridionaux (des origines à la Réforme). Bibliography of the Exact Sciences in the Low Countries from ca. 1470 to the Golden Age (1700)

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 a copy 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largest network of professional rare booksellers, recognizes every four years the author of the best work, published or unpublished, of learned bibliography: research into the history of the book or book trade, book design or binding, typography, or books of general interest on the subject.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. Since 2018, a 2nd prize of US$5000 and a 3rd prize of US$3000 is awarded. Apart from the Prize, the jurors may at their discretion award Honourable Mentions to other deserving entries.

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