American Antiquarian Society

for β€œIn Pursuit of a Vision: Two Centuries of Collecting at the American Antiquarian Society.”


“This beautifully produced volume articulates the clear vision of a bicentennial exhibition which ‘traces the development of the Society’s collections through the exemplary generosity of some of the committed donors who have embraced Isiah Thomas’s ambitious vision over the ensuing two centuries,’” Williams stated. “The volume is exemplary in its coherency, including the choice of the grey, blue and black marbled end papers, which originally graced the inside of Isiah Thomas’s 'The History of Printing in America,' published in 1810 by John Roulstone; the inclusion of a full hand list for the exhibition and an annotated list of references. The catalog documents an insightful choice of items to be showcased in the exhibition, with the brief but scholarly descriptions of each entry and the excellently photographed objects well-laid out on the page. In addition, the generous use of white space makes the catalog easy to use and to reference.”

Awards Won

Title Year
Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Catalogue Awards

These awards are given annually in recognition of excellence in the publication of catalogues and brochures that accompany exhibitions of library and archival materials, as well as for electronic exhibitions of such materials. They are administered by the Exhibition Awards Committee of the ALA/ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), whose operating expenses are covered by a generous endowment from Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, editors of American Book Prices Current.

2014 - Honorable Mention(s)