2019 – Brent Nongbri, God’s Library: The Archaeology of the Earliest Christian Manuscripts (Yale University Press, 2018)
2018 – Eric Marshall White, Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible (Brepols, 2017).
Highly Commended: Tom Mole, What the Victorians Made of Romanticism: Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History (Princeton University Press, 2016).
2017 – Eva Mroczek, The Literary Imagination in Jewish Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Highly Commended: Jonathan G Alexander, The Painted Book in Renaissance Italy, 1450 – 1650 (Yale University Press, 2016).
Highly Commended: Noah Millstone, Manuscript Circulation and the Invention of Politics in Early Stuart England (Cambridge University Press, 2016).
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 Hench, Books as Weapons: Propaganda, Publishing, and the Battle for Global Markets in the Era of World War II (Cornell University Press, 2010)
2010 – Catherine J. Golden, Posting It: The Victorian Revolution in Letter Writing (University Press of Florida, 2009)
2009 – Matthew Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008)
2008 – James Raven, The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade 1450-1850 (Yale University Press, 2007)
2007 – Rimi B. Chatterjee, Empires of the Mind: A History of the Oxford University Press in India During the Raj (Oxford University Press, 2006)
2006 – Heather Andrea Williams, Self-taught: African American Education in Freedom and Slavery (University of North Carolina Press, 2005)
2005 – Simone Murray, Mixed Media: Feminist Presses and Publishing Politics(University of Michigan Press, 2004)
2004 – Janine Barchas, Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
2003 – Elizabeth McHenry, Forgotten Readers: Recovering the Lost History of African American Literary Societies (Duke University Press, 2002)
2002 – Jonathan Rose, The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (Yale University Press, 2001)
2001 – Kevin Sharpe, Reading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England (Yale University Press, 2000)
2000 – Scott Caspar, Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-century America (University of North Carolina Press, 1999)
1999 – Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making(University of Chicago Press, 1998)
1998 – Marianna Shreve Simpson, Sultan Ibrahim Mirza’s Haft Awrang: A Princely Manuscript from Sixteenth-Century Iran (Yale University Press, 1997)
1997 – Ellen Gruber Garvey, The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s-1910s (Oxford University Press, 1996)
The George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize 2018
The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) is delighted to announce the award of the 2017 DeLong Book History Book Prize to Eric Marshall White, curator of rare books at Princeton University Libraries, USA, for his title Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible (published by Brepols).
In announcing the Prize at SHARP’s annual conference in Sydney, Australia, Claire Squires, SHARP’s Director of Publications and Awards commented:
This book is breathtakingly erudite, combining archival sleuthing on early business and trade practices with traditional scholarship about provenance and printing. White builds upon and gathers the known facts and myths about the genesis of “the Gutenberg bible.” The study’s tour de force, however, lies in the tracing of ownership history from Mainz in the 15th century to today’s libraries and collectors for every single known copy—using each copy’s unique binding, illuminations, or marginalia as evidence for geographical movement from place to place. White approaches every extant copy like a crime scene investigation, allowing the features of surviving books to tell a narrative about their individual history. After several hundred years of Gutenberg scholarship, White has in the 21st century suddenly given us so much more, and with his book centuries of disparate and divergent evidence are brought together and re-evaluated. This handsomely-illustrated book is deft of touch and can be read or perused by any reader interested in the world’s most famous printed book, while displaying an impressive depth of scholarship. It is a triumphant study.
Eric Marshall White receives $1,000 as winner of the SHARP DeLong Book History Book Prize.
A Highly Commended Award was made: to Tom Mole of the University of Edinburgh, UK, for his title What the Victorians Made of Romanticism: Material Artifacts, Cultural Practices, and Reception History (published by Princeton University Press).