Prize for bibliography
In order to encourage the development of bibliographical studies, the Syndicat national de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne created in 1998 a French Bibliography Prize, awarded each year to a high-quality bibliographical work published during the previous year and in French - but not necessarily published in France. The first presentation of this prize took place during the 1998 edition of the International Antiquarian Book Fair. Since 2007, the International Rare Book Fair has been held at the Grand Palais, where the prize is awarded annually until 2018.
This prize then becomes biennial, however the planned 2020 award has been postponed. The next session will concern works published in 2018 and 2019, with an award ceremony in 2021 at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Exceptionally, another award will be organised during the 2022 edition of the Fair, with the bibliographies published in 2020 and 2021. Thereafter, the prize will be awarded every two years.

This prize is initially awarded to the author of a specific bibliographic work concerning old and modern books, literature, publishing, book illustration, bookbinding, libraries or bibliophily.
Since 2018, the jury, chaired by Patrick Hatchuel, a SLAM member and in charge of the organisation of the prize, has decided to broaden its scope to include the general history of books, and has changed its title to the French Prize for Bibliography & History of Books. In addition, since 2017, an honorary prize has been awarded to a work that has particularly caught the attention of the jury during its deliberations.

It is the only prize in this field of book history, which contributes to making these scholarly publications better known and which is part of the long tradition of collaboration between the French book trade and historical and bibliographical research. 
It is associated with the prize awarded every four years by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), to which SLAM is affiliated: the ILAB-Breslauer Prize for Bibliography.
WINNERS OF THE 21ST EDITION

The first prize was unanimously awarded to Guillaume BERTHON's work, "Bibliographie critique des éditions de Clément Marot", published in Geneva by Droz in 2019.
"The result of ten years' work, this critical bibliography offers the reader a guided tour through the Marotic editorial maze, completed by a detailed description of all the editions published during the poet's lifetime and just after his death (up to 1550)." (Editor's note).
"To my mind, this is a masterpiece, the ideal of what bibliographical work can aim at." (Jean-Marc Chatelain, director of the BnF's rare book reserve and member of the jury).
The honorary prize was awarded by 5 votes to Linda GIL, for "L'Édition Kehl de Voltaire" published in Paris by Champion in 2018. The first major work on the subject, with a scholarship and precision that will become a milestone, it deals with the famous "Kehl" edition of Voltaire's works (70 volumes for the in-8° edition) produced in secret under the patronage of Beaumarchais and Condorcet between 1785 and 1790.
The author of this essay, Linda Gil, gives us the result of a literary and historical investigation based on largely unpublished archives drawn from European collections. The book is a history of the book, of editorial production and of the reception of Voltaire's work. It also deals with the diffusion of the Enlightenment at a key moment in European cultural history.​​​​​​​
2021 winner
2021 winner
2021 honor prize
2021 honor prize
Nadine Ferey (Conservatrice du fonds ancien de la Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal), Jean-Marc Dechaud (SLAM), Patrick Hatchuel (SLAM, président du jury), Jean-Marc Chatelain (Directeur de la réserve des livres rares, BnF), Henri Bonnefoi (SLAM), Linda GIL, Guillaume BERTHON (prix d’honneur et lauréat 2021) Benoît Forgeot (SLAM), Hervé Valentin (SLAM), Emmanuel Pierrat (avocat, collectionneur et bibliophile).  Absents sur la photo et excusés : Yann Sordet (Conservateur général de la Bibliothèque Mazarine), George Vigarello.
Nadine Ferey (Conservatrice du fonds ancien de la Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal), Jean-Marc Dechaud (SLAM), Patrick Hatchuel (SLAM, président du jury), Jean-Marc Chatelain (Directeur de la réserve des livres rares, BnF), Henri Bonnefoi (SLAM), Linda GIL, Guillaume BERTHON (prix d’honneur et lauréat 2021) Benoît Forgeot (SLAM), Hervé Valentin (SLAM), Emmanuel Pierrat (avocat, collectionneur et bibliophile). Absents sur la photo et excusés : Yann Sordet (Conservateur général de la Bibliothèque Mazarine), George Vigarello.