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An announcement from Susan Benne, Exectutive Director of the ABAA:

New York, NY–The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America is delighted to announce the winners of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest!

First Prize: Andrew Fink, University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), for An Interdisciplinary Survey of 20th Century Propaganda

Second Prize: Ryan Julian, University of Chicago, for
The History of Mathematics

Third Prize: Philipp S. Penka, Harvard University, for Temporary Spiritual Sustenance: The Print Culture of Russian Displaced Persons in Post-War Germany (1945-1951)

Essay Prize: Bailey N. Pike, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for The Mythology of Mozart

After a two year hiatus, the contest was reinstated under the joint leadership of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies, the Center for the Book, and the Rare Books and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, with major support from the Jay I. Kislak Foundation.

ABAA Executive Director Susan Benne noted that there were 29 applications to the contest this year:  ‘We look ahead toward increasing awareness of the contest next year and encouraging a new generation of collectors.’

Judge Stuart Bennett noted that in awarding the prizes, ‘The judges agreed that the primary purpose of the contest was to reward students for being infected with the book-collector’s bug.’ With that in mind, the judges went on to consider the depth and range of the student’s interests, the zeal with which the student acquired material for the collection, the enthusiasm and expertise shown in describing the collection, and the inherent possibilities for further expansion.

Prizes will be awarded to both the winning students and the libraries of the institutions from which they hail. The awards ceremony will take place on October 15, 2010 at 5:30pm at the Library of Congress, Mumford Room, Madison Building, sixth floor and will include a lecture by Carol Fitzgerald, a noted collector, bibliophile and author. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Visit the ABAA website for more information.