The George and Anna Eliot Ticknor
Collecting Prize


The Ticknor Society is pleased to announce the first annual George and Anna Eliot Ticknor Book and Book Culture Collecting Prize. George and his daughter, Anna Eliot, were scholars, teachers, and avid book collectors.  In the spirit of their scholarship and enthusiasm for book collecting, the Ticknor Society has established an annual $1000.00 prize to encourage and recognize those who have been inspired to create a book collection of their own. In addition, the winner will be invited to speak about their collection at a Ticknor Society meeting and be offered a complimentary one-year Ticknor Society membership.


To be considered for the Ticknor Book and Book Culture Collecting Prize, collections must be compiled, curated and owned by the contestant. An eligible collection may include books, manuscripts and ephemera.  Collections will not be judged on their size or market value, but on their originality and creativity. The collector must be a resident of one of the six New England states.


To apply, please submit an essay of up to 1500 words describing the inspiration behind the creation of the collection, as well as its history, current status, and future direction. Also, please submit images of one or more items in the collection and a bibliography of the collection.


The bibliographic list should contain up to 20 items citing: the author, title, place, publisher and date of publication, type of binding, condition, annotations on the importance of individual pieces, and why they are in your collection.


Deadline for applications is April 15, 2019.

The winner will be notified on June 30, 2019.

The prize will be awarded at the 2019 Boston Antiquarian Book Fair.


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