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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 and will be awarded on 14 September 2022 during the ILAB Symposium at the Bodleian Library, Oxford.

The submissions deadline for the 18th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography has now passed.

The Seduction of Youth The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Description of Twentieth Century Film Scripts Johann George Schreiber (1676–1750) Il libro d’ore in italia tra confraternite e corti (1275-1349): Lettori, artisti, immagini Alonso Victor de Paredes’ Institution, and Origin of the Art of Printing, and General Rules for Compositors [Madrid: ca. 1680]. French Book Arts Paper and Type: Bibliographical Essays A Catalogue of Fifteenth-Century Printed Books in Glasgow Libraries and Museums

2022 Submissions

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99 for 2022!

99 outstanding publications have been 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.

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network of professional rare booksellers, recognizes every four years the author of the best work, published or unpublished, of learned bibliography: research into the history of the book or book trade, book design or binding, typography, or books of general interest on the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