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The World's Leading Prize honouring original contributions to 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 19th edition of the prize will be awarded in 2026.

ILAB is now accepting submissions for the next prize.
Publishers, academics, scholars and authors are invited to send a copy of the publication to the ABA/ILAB Library in London, where all submissions for the Prize are held.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Prize Secretary, Mr Daniel De Simone, or any member of the jury if you have any questions.

Submissions for the Prize should be sent to:

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography
Peter Harrington
100 Fulham Road
SW3 6HS London
United Kingdom

Dada Zürich 1916-1920: Die Sammlung H. & H. R. Dokumentation, Provenienzen, Preise. The Fabrica of Andreas Vesalius The Seduction of Youth Early Printed Virgil Editions from 1500–1800. Monique Lallier: Theodore Roosevelt Christophe Plantin et son Officine et the Officina Plantiniana (1555-1655) Calendaria Bambergensia

2022 Submissions

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99 for 2022!

The 18th edition of the prize was awarded on 14 September 2022 at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

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, book history and research.

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

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 the 2022 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).

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

>> History of the Prize

>> All winners since 1967

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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