17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

Submitted Books


In the following weeks and months writers, publishers, librarians, journalists, scholars, antiquarian booksellers, book collectors and all who are interested in bibliography and the history of the book are invited to submit books to the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.

The following books have already been submitted to the 17th Prize. The list will be regularly updated.

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Blayney, Peter W. M.


The Stationers’ Company and the Printers of London, 1501-1557, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Size: 235x160, 2 volumes, hardcover with dust jacket, XXV, 1-599 + XII, 601-1238 pages, with some illustrations. Language: English.

The work explains how the Stationers Company acquired both a charter and a nationwide monopoly of printing. In the most detailed and comprehensive investigation of the London book trade in any period, Peter Blayney systematically documents the story from 1501, when printing first established permanent roots inside the City boundaries, until the Stationers' Company was incorporated by royal charter in 1557. Blayney’s persistent focus on individuals - most notably the families, rivals, and successors of Richard Pynson, John Rastell, and Robert Redman - keeps this study firmly grounded in the vivid lives and careers of early Tudor Londoners.

>>> Cambridge University Press

Bertin, Éric.


Chronologie des livres de Victor Hugo imprimés en France entre 1819 et 1851. Préface de Jean-Marc Hovasse. Librairie Jérôme Doucet, 2013.

Size: 240x160 mm. Soft cover. 250 pp. With color illustrations. Press run of 500 numbered copies. Language: French.

>>> Librairie Jérôme Doucet

Cichocka, Danuta (ed.).


Gustave Miklos. Un grand oeuvre caché. Paris, Fata Libelli éditions, 2013

2 vols., 318x245 mm. 224 pp., 534 ill. Illustrated boards. The second volume contains, in a golden slipcase, a facsimile reproduction of the newly discovered Miklos’ notebook in loose sheets, where the artist kept record of all his works. French.

This shocking study shows that the Hungarian sculptor Gustave Miklos (1888-1967) worked in the background from 1922 to 1941 for François-Louis Schmied (1873-1941), one of the most celebrated book illustrators of the first half of the 20th century. In his notebook Miklos, who profited from this comfortable income to pursue his main activity, sculpture, keeps note of all the works he performed for Schmied (illustrations, dedications, original drawings, binding designs, etc,) with precise reference to the date and the payments he received.

>>> Fata Libelli éditions

Erdmann, Axel, Alberto Govi & Fabrizio Govi.


Communication in Sixteenth Century Western Europe: Epistolaries, Letter-writing Manuals and Model Letter Books 1501-1600, with an Introduction by Judith Rice Henderson, Gilhofer und Ranschburg, 2014.

Size: 280 x 220 mm. Full cloth with dust jacket. XXV, 771 pages. With numerous illustrations in the text. Language: English.

The volume is divided into two parts:

- The first part contains descriptions of a collection of 171 works printed between 1501 and 1600 and has three sections: a) Letter collections by single authors and anthologies; b) Letter-writing manuals; c) Model letter collections, fictitious letter collections and some letter collections by 15th century authors (mostly schoolbook editions printed in the 16th century). This section, in which are listed over 30’000 letters, has at the end a full index of authors, editors, senders, recipients, places, and names.

- The second (bibliographical) part contains finding lists of all epistolaries and letter writing manuals published in the 16th century, as well as a comprehensive, up-to-date list of secondary sources also with a detailed index.

>>> Gilhofer und Ranschburg

Feilchenfeldt, Rahel E. & Jutta Weber (eds.)


Bruno Cassirer Publishers Ltd. Oxford 1940-1990. An Annotated Bibliography with Essays (English and German). Göttingen, V&R unipress, 2016.

232x153 mm. 503 pages. With color ill. Hardcover. English.

The Bruno Cassirer publishing-house has a moving publishing history, due the emigration of the Cassirer family to London in 1938. Despite the adverse conditions resulting from its change of location, the publishing-house is renowned for its high standards of publication. This bibliography deals with the publishing-house from its first publication at its re-establishment to the closing-down of the family business in 1990. Landmarks in the history of the publishers are covered in two languages with several contributions by experts from England and Germany. This volume contains for the first time a fully-illustrated colour bibliography as well as bilingual contributions to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bruno Cassirer publishers.

>>> V&R unipress

Folgelmark, Staffan.


The Kallierges Pindar. A Study in Renaissance Greek Scholarship and Printing. Köln, Verlag Jürgen Dinter, 2015

2 volumes, 210x280 mm. XVII, 787 pages including 160 pages. Cloth in slipcase. English.

A case study on the epoch-making 1515 Pindar edition by the Roman printer Zacharias Kallierges, which addresses to a multiple readership: analytical bibliographers, classical scholars and students of Renaissance culture. During his research, the author has found a unique copy of the edition, containing a hitherto unknown dedication in Greek prose by Kallierges to the great scholar Marcus Musurus. This exceptional document is discussed at length in the volume.

>>> Jürgen Dinter

Horst, Koert van der.


Great Books on Horsemanship. Bibliotheca Hippologica Johan Dejager. Brill - Hes & De Graaf publishers, 2014.

Size: 320x230 mm. Full cloth with dust jacket. 783 pp. With 1029 color illustrations (some of them are full- and double page). Language: English.

This lavishly illustrated publication, arranged chronologically by century (from the late fifteenth to the early nineteenth century) and geographically by country, describes the 364 works on horsemanship that formed the collection of the Belgian collector Johan Dejager. A particular emphasis is placed on horsemanship, riding masters, veterinary science, and the cavalry.

>>> Brill - Hes & De Graaf publishers

Imhof, Dirk.


Jan Moretus and the Continuation of the Plantin Press. A Bibliography of the Works published and printed by Jan Moretus I in Antwerp (1589-1610). Edited by K. van der Horst. Leiden, Brill-Hes & De Graaf, 2014.

2 Vols., large 4to (cm 32), full cloth with gilt title, LXXXV, 1011 pp. with ill. in b/w.

The Plantin Press was one of the best known printing-publishing enterprises in the sixteenth century. In many ways, this bibliography builds and expands upon Leon Voet’s well-known publication The Plantin Press. This bibliography of Jan Moretus I, Christopher Plantin's successor, documents the activities of the Plantin Press during the years 1589 till 1610. It contains descriptions of his own editions and other works printed by him. The extensive bibliography contains 704 descriptions of the Jan Moretus editions and lists over 500 announcements that he printed for the city of Antwerp.

>>> Brill - Hes & De Graaf publishers

Jakobsen, G.


Dansk Keramisk Bibliografi, Forlaget Vandkunsten, 2014.

Size: 240x170. Hard cover. 967 pp. Language: Danish and other languages.

The volume contains an overview of literature about Danish ceramics from the 18th century to the present day with emphasis on the period 1880-2013. The bibliography includes references to books, articles in periodicals, annual publications, catalogues, etc.

>>> Forlaget Vandkunsten

Kaucher, Greta.


Les Jombert. Une famille de libraires parisiens dans l’Europe des Lumières (1680-1824). Genève, Droz, 2015.

Mm 222x154. Printed wrappers. 1592 pp. With 53 ill. French. Bibliothèque des Lumières Vol. LXXXIV.

This is the first systematic study devoted to the Jomberts, a dynasty of booksellers, editors and typographers of science and art, active in Paris from 1680 to 1824, of which the most illustrious member was Charles-Antoine Jombert (1712-1784), appointed “libraire du Roi”. At the end is the catalogue of all the publications produced by the Jomberts, in which are listed and described 992 entries.

>>> Droz

Kok, Ina.


Woodcuts in Incunabula Printed in the Low Countries, Hes & De Graaf, 2013

Four volumes. Size: 310x230 mm. Hardcover. Vol. I: Text (pp. XXXI, 638); Vol. II: Indexes, Concordances, Lists (pp. 222); Vol. III: Illustrations, woodcuts numbers 1-79 (pp. 530); Vol. IV: Illustrations, woodcuts numbers 80-323 (pp. 535-986). Language: English (Translation by Cis van Heertum).

This publication gives a complete census of the woodcuts in Dutch and Flemish incunabula. It also register the book in which the woodcut (or series of woodcuts) appears for the first time and all repetitions of that woodcut before 1501. Furthermore Kok provides an analysis of the woodcuts used by each printer and develops a very accurate dating system for incunabula. Over 3800 different illustrations have been found in the incunabula printed in the Low Countries.

>>> Hes & De Graaf

Nielsen, C.P. & Iwersen, L.


Københavnske bogbindere i laugstiden samt udenbys medlemmer i provinsen og Norge, Kristensen, M., ed., Dansk Forening fro Bogbind, 2014.

Size: 240x160. Hard cover. 743 pp. Ill. Language: Danish.

The volume contains bio-bibliographical entries of Copenhagen bookbinders from the 16th to the 19th century. Out-of town members of the guild, including Norwegian members, are also included.

Nipps, Karen.


Lydia Bailey. A Checklist of Her Imprints. Published by The Pennsylvania State University Press for the Bibliographical Society of America in association with the Houghton Library, Harvard University, and the Library Company of Philadelphia, 2013

Size: 240x160 mm. Hardcover with dust jacket. 328 pages. With 1 color and 10 b/w illustrations. Language: English.

Checklist of the editions printed by Lydia R. Bailey, a job and contract printer active in Philadelphia from 1808 to 1861. It also provides detailed information about the life and work of Lydia R. Bailey, as well as the Philadelphia book trade at the peak of its prosperity.

>>> The Pennsylvania State University Press

Pettas, William A.


The Giunti of Florence. A Renaissance Printing and Publishing Family. A History of the Florentine Firm and a Catalogue of the Editions. Oak Knoll Press, 2013.

Size: 285x220 mm. Hardcover. 1096 pages. With b/w illustrations. Language: English.

Part I: A history of the firm; Part II: A descriptive catalogue of the editions of the Giunti firms in Florence 1497-1625.
This very well done publication explores the history and output of the Giunti Press in Florence. It describes in detail 512 editions, from the beginnings of the firm in 1497 to its end in 1625. The fingerprint and the indication of the libraries holding copies of each edition are provided.

>>> Oak Knoll Press

Sappéy, Maureen Stack and C. Barry Buckley.


Kindred Spirits: Thomas Jefferson and Aeschylus. (Chestertown, MD), Chester River Press, 2015.

Size: 228x145 mm. Cloth, dust jacket. (vi), 273, (3) pages. Frontispiece color portrait of Jefferson. Color illustrations throughout text. Language: English.

First edition. The authors track down the acquisition of the seven-volume set of Aeschylus’ Tragedies which was once part of Thomas Jefferson’s retirement library at Monticello, from the instructions given by Jefferson to his binder, through its auction sale at Jefferson's library’s sale, up to the present. In doing so, they trace the connections from Ancient Greece up through the centuries to the fledgling United States.

>>> Chester River Press

Vengerov, Alexey & Sergey, eds.

Mezhdu nami... Entre nous... Bibliokhronika 1718-1985. Vol. 1: Russian-French issue.

Moscow, Russian rarity, 2014.

Size: 295x210 mm. Blind-tooled leather with dust jacket. 447 pp. Color and b/w illustrations. Language: Russian-French bilingual text. Printed in 300 copies.

Alexey & Sergey Vengerov, eds.

Mezhdu nami… Entre nous… Bibliokhronika 1550-1977. Vol. 2: Russian-German issue.

Moscow, Russian Rarities, 2015.

Size: 295x210 mm. Blind-tooled leather with dust jacket. 511 pp. Color and b/w illustrations. Language: English-German bilingual text. Printed in 300 copies.

Alexey & Sergey Vengerov, eds.

Mezhdu nami… Entre nous… Bibliokhronika 1647-1990. Vol. 3: Russian-English issue.

Moscow, Russian Rarities, 2015.

Size: 295x210 mm. Blind-tooled leather with dust jacket. 542 pp. Color and b/w illustrations. Language: English-Russian bilingual text. Printed in 300 copies.

The history of Russia in XVI-XX centuries and relations between Russia and other countries in the historical and cultural aspects are the theme of the three volumes of Bibliochronicle. The entire corpus of materials is based on the complex historical and bibliographic study of rare Russian books, as well as Rossica - foreign books about Russia. Materials featured in Bibliochronicle are based on the description of old and rare books, whose originals are not available to many people interested in old book history. All editions come from one private collection. Therefore this study is not intended to be a complete bibliography on the subject.

Volume 1 comprises 61 essays reflecting different episodes of Russian-French relations, covering the period from 1718 to 1985. The selection includes the Chronicle of French people travelling to Russia (1718); the French edition of the Panegyric to Trajan (1772) by Pliny the Younger, that the future Russian Emperor Paul I took with him in his journey to Europe; Histoire pittoresque dramatique et caricaturale de la Sainte Russie by Gustave Doré (1854), the fables of I.A. Krylov published in Paris (1825); the French edition of A.I. Solzhenitsyn’s novel (1969), and so on.

Volume 2 includes bibliography and 61 entries, and explores the relations between Russia and Germany. These relationships are retraced back to 1550, when the Rerum Moscoviticarum Commentarii by Sigismund Herberstein where published, and till the end of the 20th century.

Volume 3, the Russian-English issue, includes bibliography and 69 essays about books published between 1647 and 1980, focused on the relationship between Russia and the United Kingdom and the United States. The first book is Olearius’s travel to the east. The last Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time.

Each entry contains a physical description as well as a history of the work and the edition. Other contributors to the texts are: Marina Bogdanovich, Andrey Vaganov, Elena Gorskaya, Alexey Nevsky, Vera Nevskaya, and Marina Chapkina.


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Willingham, E. Moore


The mythical Indies and Columbus’s Apocalyptic Letter. Imagining the Americas in the Late Middle Ages. Brighton-Chicago-Toronto, Sussex Academy Press, 2016.

Size: 245x18 mm. Illustrated hardcover. xxii, 394 pp. With 9 colored plates. Language: English.

A complete study of Columbus’s letter, containing a new annotated English translation, its manuscript circulation and printing history, and its meaning and significance from the perspectives of text, discourse, language, and culture.

>>> Sussex Academy Press

Loker, Chris (curator) and Jill Shefrin (editor).

One Hundred Books Famous in Children’s Literature.

New York: The Grolier Club, 2015.

Mm 280x215. Blue cloth with gilt impressions. 318, (1) pp. Ill. Language: English.

This is the catalogue of the exhibition held at the Grolier Club, New York, from December 10, 2014 through February 7, 2015. Issued in 1,000 hardcover copies, it presents, with detailed bibliographical descriptions, 100 famous children’s books, printed in the last 400 years, from 1600 to 2000. The selection was made by the curator, children’s book authority Chris Loker, with advice from an international team of children’s book scholars and experts, and includes: Robinson Crusoe, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tom Sawyer, Treasure Island, Peter Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Winnie-the-Pooh, Charlotte’s Web, The Cat in the Hat, Where the Wild Things Are, and Harry Potter.

Fontaine, Jean-Paul.

Les Gardiens de Bibliopolis.

Paris, L’Hexaèdre, 2015.

231x171 mm. 637 pp. Ill. Soft cover. Language: French. Issued in 360 copies on ‘papier bouffant’ and 40 copies bound in a ‘Rives vergé’ cover and augmented with a 161th biography and additional illustrations.

The book opens with a preface by Yann Sordet and contains the biography of 160 French bibliophiles, from the 16th to the 20th century, from De Thou to Rahir, with a main focus on the libraries to create which these men spent so much time and effort during their life. It is through the catalogue of their libraries, according to Fontaine, that we really know the personality and the life of these important collectors. The author, a physician, is known as the “Le Bibliophile Rhemus”. 

Knapp, Éva.

Martin von Cochem Magyarországon. Első rész [Martin von Cochem in Hungary. First part] – Zebegény, Borda Antikvárium, 2014. 119, [1] p. 280x183 mm – Full cloth with dust jacket.

Martin von Cochem Magyarországon. Második rész [Martin von Cochem in Hungary. Second part] – Zebegény, Borda Antikvárium, 2016. 267, [5] p. 280x183 mm – Full cloth with dust jacket.

Language: Hungarian.

First two volumes about the reception of Martin von Cochem in Hungary with bibliography of the works.

Palumbo, Margherita & Sidoli, Eugenio eds.

BOOKS THAT MADE EUROPE. Economic Governance and Democracy from 15th to 20th century.

Brussels, Bibliotheca Wittockiana, 2016.

Folio (330 mm), 354 pp., hardback, black skiver and grey boards, spine and front cover lettered in grey, black and white, with a protective acetate jacket. Over 160 full page colour photographs by Dario Lasagni. Introductions by Professors Marco Bianchini and Massimo Paradiso. Printed in 750 copies. Language: English.

The companion catalogue of the exhibition Books that made Europe: economic governance and democracy from 15th to 20th century is a journey through 140 books on politics, philosophy and economics, spanning a period of approx. six hundred years, from 1468 to 1950.

Exhibition and catalogue anticipate by a few months the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome signed by Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and West Germany, which established on March 25, 1957, the European Economic Community.

Books that made Europe investigates into why 500 million citizens, in 28 countries, speaking 24 official languages, and holding a significant share of global wealth, live nowadays in peace in the European Union. The selected 140 books explain the evolution of the idea.

It took centuries and the efforts of many intellectuals to achieve consensus on the most basic concepts forming the foundations of a Federated European Union and our lay western European culture. Thanks to the invention of printing with moveable types and the scientific revolution, whose ideas circulated throughout Europe within a growing ‘republic of scientists’ including ‘social scientists’ over time, prejudice and superstition were defeated by the development of knowledge, which fought against social injustice and enabled the rise of democracy.

Books that made Europe deals with the European secularisation of culture, the development of a ‘social science’, the rise of equal opportunities and the affirmation of a welfare culture; six centuries of printing within which economic freedom, welfare and democracy always proceeded in parallel.

The catalogue comprises 140 detailed book descriptions, with collations and bibliographical references, covering all the themes of the modern economy from the origins of commerce and banking in the Italian city states to today’s economy, passing through the first steps towards capitalism in the Spain of Emperor Charles V, the mercantilist and interventionist policy of absolutist states, the emergence of the new theories of Adam Smith, not forgetting the debate between the disciples of liberalism and supporters of protectionism as a means of stimulating growth in the economies of nations.

Freeman, Arthur.

Bibliotheca Fictiva. A Collection of Books & Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery 400 BC-AD 2000.

London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2014.

25 cm. XVI, 423 pp., ill., hardcover with dust jacket. Language: English.

This is a categorical inventory of a collection of books and manuscripts relating to literary forgery, spanning some twenty-four centuries, which seeks also to define and describe the controversial genre it represents. Individual entries offer specific commentary on the forgers and their works, their exposers and their dupes, and a broad prefatory overview surveys the entire field in its topical, historical, and national diversity. The catalogue introduces the reader to fake texts of every imaginable kind – ancient and modern, lurid and lively, stunningly skillful, and sublimely stupid - as well as the scholar detectives who exposed them.

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