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[BKARTS] $10,000(US) Largest Prize in Bibliographical World is Awarded


"Largest Prize in the Bibliographical World $10,000(US) is Awarded in Helsinki"

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 
1622-1827). To view the cover and a two page excerpt, please go to 

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 
honoring 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unpublished, of learned bibliography, or of significant new research into 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.

Sixty-three entries were received for the 13th ILAB Bibliographical Prize. 
These entries covered subjects as diverse as bees and honey, coffee, and 
early American Law. They included learned works on the history of 
literature from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and studies and 
bibliographies of authors as diverse as Francesco Colonna, John Locke, and 
Pierre du Moulin. They covered social history through prose fiction, and 
circumpolar life studies by women. Technical and practical aspects of book 
production, including colour plate books, typography, and bookbinding were 
represented, as were the makers of books, publishing houses, and book trade 

The distinguished panel of judges is made up of eminent librarians and ILAB 
booksellers, and for the past eight years the jury has benefited from the 
guidance of the Prize Secretary, Konrad Meuschel. The extremely high 
standard of entry is evidenced by 23 of the 63 entries being short listed 
for final judging. Three honorable mentions were recommended These special 
commendations have been bestowed on the two volume exhibition catalogue for 
"Mirror of the World." "Handwriting and books from three millenia," edited 
by Martin Bircher, Elizabeth Macheret van Daele and Hans Albrecht Cook. 
(Spiegel der Welt).
The late Dr. J. D. Fleeman’s "A bibliography of the Works of Samuel 
Johnson," in two volumes, and David W. Forbes for his four volume Hawaiian 
National Bibliography 1780-1900.

Each of these works makes a major contribution to scholarship and research 
and all have become major bibliographical tools that are used extensively 
by the antiquarian book trade and collectors alike.

If you would like to order Anna Perälä's prize-winning work, please contact 
the Helsinki University Library, Administration, PO Box 15 (Unioninkatu 36) 
00014 University of Helsinki, Finland.

Contact:  Steven Temple (Canada), ILAB General Secretary
                 P. (416) 703-9908   E. books@steventemplebooks.com
                 F. (416) 703-8872

                Keith R. Fletcher (Great Britain), Vice-President
                 P.  + 44 1279 843 883
                 F.  + 44 1279 842 830  E. keith@hmfletcher.co.uk

Release Date: October 25, 2002

Michael Guessford
Publicity & Marketing Director
Oak Knoll Books (ABAA and ILAB) / Oak Knoll Press / St. Paul's Bibliographies
310 Delaware Street / New Castle DE 19720
Phone (302) 328-7232 / Toll-free 1-800-996-2556 / Fax (302) 328-7274
Email: oakknoll@oakknoll.com / Web: http://www.oakknoll.com

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