DeLong Book History Prize Winners

2016 – Kristina Lundblad, Bound to be Modern: Publishers’ Cloth Bindings and the Material Culture of the Book, 1840-1914 (Oak Knoll Press, 2015; translated by Alan Crozier).

Highly Commended: Nick Hopwood, Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Highly Commended: Kate Loveman, Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford University Press, 2015).

2015 – Daniel Wakelin, Scribal Correction and Literary Craft: English Manuscripts 1375-1510 (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

2015 – Paula Rabinowitz, American Pulp: How Paperbacks brought Modernism to Main Street (Princeton University Press, 2014)

2014 – David McKitterick, Old Books, New Technologies. The Representation, Conservation and Transformation of Books since 1700 (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Highly Commended: Ellen Gruber Garvey, Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford University Press, 2013)

2013 – Helen Smith, ‘Grossly Material Things’: Women and Book Production in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Highly Commended: Sachiko Kusukawa, Picturing the Book of Nature: Image, Text, and Argument in Sixteenth-Century Human Anatomy and Medical Botany (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Highly Commended: Mary Franklin-Brown, Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

2012 – Barbara Hochman“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and the Reading Revolution(University of Massachusetts Press, 2011)

2011 – John B HenchBooks as Weapons: Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II (Cornell University Press, 2010)

2010 – Catherine J. GoldenPosting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing(University Press of Florida, 2009)

2009 – Matthew KirschenbaumMechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008)

2008 – James RavenThe Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade 1450-1850 (Yale University Press, 2007)

2007 – Rimi B. ChatterjeeEmpires of the Mind: A History of the Oxford University Press in India During the Raj (Oxford University Press, 2006)

2006 – Heather Andrea WilliamsSelf-taught: African American Education in Freedom and Slavery (University of North Carolina Press, 2005)

2005 – Simone MurrayMixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics(University of Michigan Press, 2004)

2004 – Janine BarchasGraphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

2003 – Elizabeth McHenryForgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (Duke University Press, 2002)

2002 – Jonathan RoseThe Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (Yale University Press, 2001)

2001 – Kevin SharpeReading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England (Yale University Press, 2000)

2000 – Scott CasparConstructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-century America (University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

1999 – Adrian JohnsThe Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making(University of Chicago Press, 1998)

1998 – Ellen Gruber GarveyThe Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s-1910s (Oxford University Press, 1997)

The George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize 2016

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) is delighted to announce the award of the 2016 DeLong Book History Book Prize to Kristina Lundblad, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Book History, Lund University, Sweden, for the book Bound to be Modern: Publishers’ Cloth Bindings and the Material Culture of the Book, 1840-1914 (Oak Knoll Press, 2015; translated by Alan Crozier).

In announcing the Prize at SHARP’s annual conference in Paris on behalf of the judging panel, Kirsti Salmi-Niklander commented:

“This book caught the judges by surprise.  No one expected a book about Swedish bookbinding between 1840 and 1914, no matter how excellent or well-researched, to fill an important disciplinary gap in the history of the book more broadly.  Yet this is a ground-breaking study of the history of publishers’ bindings.  Richly illustrated with hundreds of examples, this riveting book offers a detailed chronology as well as useful insights into the material realities of modern book production—useful to any modern book historian, even those who never thought about Swedish publishing before.  Bound to be Modern explores books and cloth bindings as material culture and a part of the modern life. Elegantly translated by Alan Crozier and lavishly produced by Oak Knoll Press, with graphic design by Mats Larsson, this book shows how regional book history can make a huge contribution to the toolkit and knowledge of what is now a global field.”

Kristina Lundblad receives $1,000 as winner of the DeLong Book History Book Prize.

Two Highly Commended Awards were made: to Nick Hopwood, Reader in History of Science and Medicine in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, UK, for his title Haeckel’s Embryos: Images, Evolution, and Fraud (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and to Kate Loveman, Senior Lecturer in English Literature in the Department of English at the University of Leicester, UK, for Samuel Pepys and His Books: Reading, Newsgathering, and Sociability, 1660-1703 (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Press release on 2016 DeLong Prize winners.