Ian Fleming: The Bibliography awarded ILAB Breslauer Prize

18-Oct-2013 • Literary

Press release
Jon Gilbert’s "Ian Fleming: The Bibliography" has been awarded the ILAB Breslauer Prize, the international award for a scholarly work in the field of bibliography. 2014 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the prize (worth $10,000), which is awarded every four years and has never before been given to a work devoted to a twentieth century writer.

Arnoud Gerits, secretary and jury panelist for the Award, comments:

‘[Jon Gilbert's book is] an outstanding work of meticulous scholarship, covering every aspect of Fleming’s writings, manuscripts, proofs, corrected or uncorrected, first and all later impressions, paperback editions and all subsequent printings and editions. It gives insight into the conception of a book, the editorial process, in short, Jon Gilbert’s work covers all that possibly is to know, all one can possibly know, about Fleming and his writings. And it not only shows that modern authors are collectible, but also that modern authors merit exhaustive bibliographical scholarship. Ian Fleming. The Bibliography is, in itself, an encouragement to collect and outstanding proof that bibliographical scholarship is not limited to pre-1900 books and authors. Jon Gilbert’s book has set a standard that will not easily be equalled and is, in every aspect, a most deserved winner of the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.’

The Prize will be awarded at an official ceremony in Paris in April 2014.

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