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[BKARTS] $10,000(US) Largest Prize in Bibliographical World is Awarded
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"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
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unpublished, of learned bibliography, or of significant new research into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. email@example.com
F. (416) 703-8872
Keith R. Fletcher (Great Britain), Vice-President
P. + 44 1279 843 883
F. + 44 1279 842 830 E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Release Date: October 25, 2002
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