ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography
"Ce fut en septembre 1961, durant le Congrès international de la Ligue organisé cette année à Paris, que l'Assemblée Générale eut a examiner une proposition introduite par le »Nederlandsche Vereeniging van Antiquaren«. Cette proposition concernait la fondation d'un Prix annuel ou triennal, d'un montant de $ 750.00 destiné à encourager et à perfectionner la recherche bibliographique ou d'histoire du livre. Cette proposition fut acceptée avec enthousiasme ..."
Georges A. Deny
The ILAB Prize for Bibliography was founded in the 1960s. Georges A. Deny – Belgian rare book dealer, ILAB President from 1960 to 1965 and the first Prize Secretary – laid down the ground rules for one of the most prestigious prizes in the broad field of bibliography. He was succeeded by Frieder Kocher-Benzing (Stuttgart), who was the longest serving Secretary presiding over the 3rd to 11th Awards. The following Awards were overseen by Konrad Meuschel (Bad Honnef), Raymond Kilgarriff (St. Leonards), Mitsuo Nitta (Tokyo) and Arnoud Gerits (Amsterdam). Well-known scholars have belonged to the Prize Jury since its beginnings, among them Howard Nixon (British Museum, London), Prof. Dr. de la Fontaine-Verwey (University Library, Amsterdam), Pierre Lelièvre (University of Dakar), Kurt Köster (Deutsche Bibliothek, Frankfurt), R. J. Roberts (Bodlein Library, Oxford) or, in 2010, David Adams (Manchester University), Jean-Marc Chatelain (Bibliothèque Nationale de France), and Felix de Marez Oyens, President of the Breslauer Foundation.
In 2008, a very important step for the future of the Prize was taken with the help of ILAB President of Honor Robert D. Fleck. The name of the Prize was changed into ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography to honour a generous gift granted by the Breslauer Foundation which was set up by Dr. Bernard H. Breslauer (1918-2004), an ILAB dealer who had a life-long passion for bibliography. The Foundation heard the plea for the Prize and responded with a gift of $ 108,000. Other donations were granted by ILAB affiliates and national associations: Ann and David Bromer, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ), Mitsuo Nitta, Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VAO), the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA), Adrian Harrington, Peter Harrington, Bernard J. Shapero, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada (ABAC), and Svenska Antikvariatföreningen (SVAF).