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$10,000 Prize for Best Bibliography/Book about Books

ILAB Announces $10,000 Prize for
Best Bibliography/Book about Books

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) is pleased to
announce a call for entries for its Twelfth Prize for Bibliography. This prize,
given every four years, awards $10,000 (US) to the author of the best published
or unpublished scholarly bibliography or work pertaining to book history,
typography or works of general interest relating to these subjects.

This award has become the most important and recognized international prize for
bibliography. Past winners and those obtaining special recognition include
bibliographies relating to printing, book illustration, botanical and
horticultural literature, travel and exploration, bookbinding, private
libraries, American literature and architectural books. The Eleventh Prize was
shared by Jacob Blanck?s "Bibliography of American Literature" and Eugene
Rouir's "Felicien Rops."

Entries are welcome from all countries subject to the following conditions:

1.      The work must be in a universally used language.

2.      If the work is already published, it is eligible only if published
        within the four years immediately preceding the closing date for
        submissions (1993, 1994, 1995 or 1996) or if it has an imprint date
        falling within these four years.

3.      Specialized catalogues of one or more books intended for sale,
        periodicals and public library catalogues are not allowed. However,
        catalogues of private libraries ARE permitted.

To submit entries from the United States, the author or publisher must send two
copies of each work, published or unpublished, to Roland Folter, the American
member of the Prize Jury, at H.P. Kraus Inc., 16 East 46th Street, New York, New
York 10017 by DECEMBER 31, 1996. Special cases in which only one copy can be
sent must be cleared with Mr. Folter. Publishers or authors submitting copies
will receive confirmation of their entries.

Unpublished works not selected for the Prize will be returned to their authors
within the two months following the Prize?s announcement. Published works not
selected will remain the property of the ILAB unless special arrangements are
made between the competitor and the Prize Secretary before December 31, 1996.
The ILAB is not committed to publishing unpublished works winning the Prize.
However, the ILAB does not dismiss the possibility of publishing such Prize
winners. The Prize winner will, however, retain all rights of publication. The
Award will be given in 1998 at the ILAB Congress in Vienna, Austria.

The ILAB includes the National Associations of Antiquarian Booksellers from
Australia and New Zealand, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic,
Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Korea, the
Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States of
America. The judges presiding over the competition are composed of the President
of the ILAB, the Secretary of the Prize, a member nominated by the League
Committee and three persons recognized in the field of bibliography who are not
ILAB members. These last three members of the jury are chosen from countries
speaking different languages and will be helped by specialists, appointed as

In the case of special circumstances, the judges will reserve the right to
withhold the Award if they decide that the submitted entries do not reach a
sufficiently high standard. Their decision is final and in the case of a tie, an
unpublished work will have the advantage over a published work.

For more information about the Twelfth Prize for Bibliography, please contact
Roland Folter at H.P. Kraus Inc., 16 East 46th Street, New York, New York 10017,
Phone (212) 687-4808, Fax (212) 983-4790.

Posted by Esther C. Fan,
Publicity Co-ordinator (Please direct all inquiries to Roland Folter.)

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