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The Jury has honoured Jon Gilbert with the 16th Prize for his outstanding and superb bibliography on Ian Fleming and his works.
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Lotte Hellinga - Jan Storm van Leeuwen
The 15th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography is awarded to Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen.
52 bibliographies and other works on the history of books, book production and libraries were submitted by their publishers. The average standard of the entries was remarkably high and for several works it was painful to have to deprive them of the recognition that goes with a prize, and that they richly deserve.
At the same time, the jury was quite unanimous in its opinions and there can be little doubt that the books to which the prizes were awarded are exceptional, perhaps even in a class of their own. It is therefore fortunate that the new endowment of the ILAB Bibliography Prize, mostly realized from a grant by the B.H. Breslauer Foundation of New York, has enabled the jury to award two first prizes of $10,000 each to Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen. Without this flexibility the jury would have found its task well-nigh impossible.
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Two Winners for the 14th ILAB Bilbiography Prize 2006
"Is anything ever definitive?’ she said - ever so sweetly. Well I guess not. But these two books come pretty close. They will still be standing when we have long been gone and the International League is proud to honour them with its Prize."
Raymond Kilgarriff
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Largest Prize in the Bibliographical World is Awarded in Helsinki to Anna Perälä
The 13th ILAB Bibliographical Prize of $10,000 has been awarded to Anna Perälä, for her atlas of Finnish typography, 1642-1827, a monumental two volume work, published in three languages, Finnish, Swedish and German (Suomen typografinen atlas, Finsk typografisk atlas, Typographischer Atlas Finnlands, 1622-1827). The award was presented to the author in person at a dinner in Helsinki, Finland, by the President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), Kay Craddock, during the recent Congress of the ILAB held in four countries in Scandinavia.
The ILAB, founded in 1947, is an organization that encompasses 2000 booksellers from 20 national associations around the world. The professionalism and expertise of these booksellers is dependent, in large measure, on their ability to research and verify their statements about the books and printed material that they offer. Bibliographies and studies of book history are the tools of trade that these professional booksellers rely upon. Forty years ago, the ILAB Bibliographical Prize was founded with the aim of honouring authors in this field. Every four years it awards $US10,000.00 to the author of the best work produced in that period, either published or unpublished, of learned bibliography, or of significant new research into the history of the book and its related trades.
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Le Prix Triennal de Bibliographie fondé par La LILA
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Triennal Prize for Bibliography 1964
"It has been decided, unanimously, not to award the triennal prize in bibliography 1964. Certain works, although noteworthy, do not quite stand up to the tests for the award of a prize."
Georges A. Deny
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Press Releases
Click below to download the following press release:17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography – The new Prize Jury has been established!
17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography - Submit books to the most prestigious prize!
Prize 2010
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The Jury of the Prize met on Thursday and Friday 1st and 2nd of October 2009 in the city of Amsterdam, just before the Vienna Presidents’ Meeting.
Prize 2010
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First Prize - Jan Storm van Leeuwen
Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century
The second first prize of $10,000 goes to: Jan Storm van Leeuwen, Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century. 3 volumes in 4. ‘t Goy – Houten: Hes & De Graaf Publishers BV, 2006.
Prize 2010
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Prize Jury 2010
"The panel of judges (or jurors) consists of three professional scholars or librarians and three antiquarian booksellers. All are chosen for their expertise in the field of bibliographical scholarship as it is on their standing and judgment that the reputation of the Prize itself depends. The judges represent the widest possible range of nationalities so that the panel is qualified to adjudicate on books in various languages and on all aspects of the field."
Robert D. Fleck
Prize 2010
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The second prize of $5,000 goes to: Friedrich C. Heller, Die bunte Welt. Handbuch zum künstlerisch illustrierten Kinderbuch in Wien 1890-1938. Wien: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 2008.
Prize 2010
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First Prize - Lotte Hellinga
Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library, BMC. Part XI – England
The first prize of $10,000 goes to: Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library, BMC. Part XI – England, edited by Lotte Hellinga, with contributions by others. ‘t Goy – Houten: Hes & De Graaf Publishers BV, 2007.
Prize 2010
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First Prize - Jan Storm van Leeuwen
Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century
The second first prize of $10,000 goes to: Jan Storm van Leeuwen, Dutch Decorated Bookbinding in the Eighteenth Century. 3 volumes in 4. ‘t Goy – Houten: Hes & De Graaf Publishers BV, 2006.
Prize 2010
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The second prize of $5,000 goes to: Friedrich C. Heller, Die bunte Welt. Handbuch zum künstlerisch illustrierten Kinderbuch in Wien 1890-1938. Wien: Christian Brandstätter Verlag, 2008.
Prize 2010
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The 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair in Bologna were the perfect occasion for the official award of one of the most prestigious prizes. In a ceremony on 25th September at Bologna’s Palazzo Isolani ILAB President Arnoud Gerits and the President of the B.H. Breslauer Foundation Felix de Marez Oyens honoured two scholars of worldwide reputation with the 15th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography: Lotte Hellinga and Jan Storm van Leeuwen.  
Prize 2010
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The Books Submitted to the Prize
An Exhibition at the 23rd ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair in Bologna 2010
In 2010 more than 50 books by famous authors and scholars had been submitted to the 15th ILAB Breslauer Prize. They were shown in a special exhibition at the 23rd International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Palazzo di Re Enzo during the Congress week.
Prize 2010
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Books Submitted to the 15th Prize
"The books competing for the prize numbered 52, all of an outstanding quality. There was a great variety of subjects: bibliographies on individuals, typefaces, genres of books, authors, printing presses and printing houses, on wood engravers and illustrators, maps, charts, geographic areas,  libraries, bookbinding, religion, on book and printing history, and there were excellent studies on publishing histories. Many of these books are wonderfully produced and finely illustrated.
Prize 2010
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First Prize - Lotte Hellinga
Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library, BMC. Part XI – England
The first prize of $10,000 goes to: Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century now in the British Library, BMC. Part XI – England, edited by Lotte Hellinga, with contributions by others. ‘t Goy – Houten: Hes & De Graaf Publishers BV, 2007.
Prize 2014
Prize Jury 2014
"The panel of judges (or jurors) consists of three professional scholars or librarians and three antiquarian booksellers. All are chosen for their expertise in the field of bibliographical scholarship as it is on their standing and judgment that the reputation of the Prize itself depends. The judges represent the widest possible range of nationalities so that the panel is qualified to adjudicate on books in various languages and on all aspects of the field."
Robert D. Fleck
Prize 2014
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The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, awarded every four years to the most outstanding scholarly book about books has honoured Jon Gilbert with the 16th Prize for his outstanding and superb bibliography on Ian Fleming and his works:
Jon Gilbert: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography
Preface by Fergus Fleming. Foreword by Michael L. Vanblaricum. Edited by Brad Frank. London, Queen Anne Press, 2012.
Prize 2014
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Official Presentation of the 16th Prize at the Grand Palais (Paris)
Shaken, not stirred ... The 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography goes to Jon Gilbert for his groundbreaking work about the author of the James Bond novels: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography. The official ceremony took place on Saturday, 12th April, noon, at the Grand Palais (Paris), preceding the 41st ILAB Congress and during the Salon International du Livre Ancien & 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair. Jon Gilbert, renowned dealer at rare book experts Adrian Harrington Limited in London, received the Prize worth 10.000 $, from ILAB Prize Secretary Arnoud Gerits, former ILAB President Tom Congalton, and jury member Jean-Marc Chatelain (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) who honoured the work and its author with a brilliant speech.
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Official Presentation of the 16th Prize at the Grand Palais (Paris)
"Hello, my name is Gilbert, Jon Gilbert ..." The 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography goes to Jon Gilbert for his groundbreaking work about the author of the James Bond novels: Ian Fleming. The Bibliography. The official ceremony took place on Saturday, 12th April, noon, at the Grand Palais (Paris), preceding the 41st ILAB Congress and during the Salon International du Livre Ancien & 25th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair.Jon Gilbert, renowned dealer at rare book experts Adrian Harrington Limited in London, received the Prize worth 10.000 $, from ILAB Prize Secretary Arnoud Gerits, former ILAB President Tom Congalton, and jury member Jean-Marc Chatelain (Bibliothèque Nationale de France) who honoured the work and its author with a brilliant speech.
Prize 2014
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Submitted Books
The following books have already been submitted to the next ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.
1964 - First Award
Books Submitted to the 1st Prize 1964
In his official report Georges A. Deny wrote: "It has been decided, unanimously, not to award the triennal prize in bibliography 1964." A strict dedicision due to the high standards which had been set up for the Prize from the beginning. Some of the works, however, "more specially attracted the attention of the Jury". This is the list of the books submitted the 1st ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, in 1964 still named "Triennal Prize for Bibliography":
2006 - 14th Prize
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Fourteenth ILAB Prize for Bibliography of $ 10.000
Next year will be the fourteenth time it has been given and contestants from all around the world are stepping forward.
Anton Gerits - Lev Glazer - Sheila Markham
Booksellers' memoirs - and memoirs of booksellers - and conversations with booksellers - all qualify and often make the most lively reading. Anton Gerits of Amsterdam, a past president of the League, and Lev Abramovich Glazer, who traded in rare books in Moscow for sixty years, offer their reminiscences. Sheila Markham's collection of interviews with members (mostly) of the British trade arrives from the author, and Robert Maumet's account of Paul Ruat, libraire 1862-1938, arrives from Marseilles.
Paul Cassirer - Johann Friedrich Cotta - Cranach Press
Accounts of individual presses, commercial, academic and 'private', entered for the Prize include: Paul Cassirer Verlag, Berlin 1898-1933 (by R.Feilchenfeldt and M.Brandis), Johann Friedrich Cotta Verlag 1787-1832 (by B.Fischer), Edinburgh University Press (by Peter Bell), Leipziger Bibliophilen (by H.Kaestner), the Giunta (Junta) Printing Family in Spain 1526-1628 (by W.Pettas), Charles Ricketts's Vale Press (by M.Watry), and Die Cranach Presse des Grafen Harry Kessler (edited by J.D.Brinks).