St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize: Previous Recipients

Joseph J. Felcone, 2014

The Bibliographical Society of America awarded the 2014 St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize to Joseph J. Felcone for his book Printing in New Jersey 1754-1800: A Descriptive Bibliography (American Antiquarian Society, 2012).

Printing in New Jersey 1754-1800: A Descriptive Bibliography is a detailed catalogue of 1,265 books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, and broadsides – all of the known products of every eighteenth-century New Jersey press. About of quarter of the imprints described are recorded for the first time and the extensive annotations are full of new information gleaned from archival sources.  The book also includes items that may have been printed in New Jersey, works which had been incorrectly attributed to New Jersey presses, and rich back-matter including three appendixes, an extensive list of sources, and three indexes.

Joseph J. Felcone has spent a lifetime collecting, studying, and writing about New Jersey books and the early New Jersey book trade. To compile this comprehensive work, he visited and fully surveyed 115 libraries, from the major repositories in the United States and England to county and local historical societies in New Jersey, and physically examined and recorded every eighteenth-century New Jersey imprint. Printing in New Jersey was published in 2012 by the American Antiquarian Society and designed by Jerry Kelly.

Andrea Krupp, 2011

The Bibliographical Society of America awarded the 2011 St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize to Andrea Krupp for her book Bookcloth in England and America, 1823–50 (Oak Knoll Press and The British Library, 2008).

American Antiquarian Society, 2008

The Bibliographical Society of America awarded the first St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize in 2008 to the American Antiquarian Society in recognition of its work in preparing and publishing A History of the Book in America, volume 3: The Industrial Book: 1840–1880, ed. Scott Casper, Jeffrey Groves, Stephen W. Nissenbaum, and Michael Winship (The University of North Carolina Press, 2007).

The Industrial Book provides an extraordinary overview of how American ideas and words were created, shaped, and turned into physical objects. Broad in scope but nuanced and precise in its detailed exploration of important figures and trends, it challenges us all to think creatively and thoroughly about the book in American history.