Bibliographical Society

Winners of the 2018 Book Collecting Contest


Contest winners, from left, Philip Tan (Honorable Mention) and Sam Lemley (First Place).

Second place winner James P. Ascher.

Second place winner James P. Ascher.


The winners of the 2018 BSUVA Book Collecting Contest are:

First place, $1,000, and the BSUVA Rare Book School Fellowship—Samuel V. Lemley, “Biblioteca Genealogica: Sicilian Printing, 1704-1893”

Second place, $600—James P. Ascher, “Annotations to Samuel Butler’s Hudibras 1678-1858”

Honorable Mention, $300–Phillip M. Tan, “Singing through 500 Years of Reformed and Presbyterian Psalters”

Contestants in the BSUVA contest received gift certificates generously donated by eight local booksellers.


As first-place winner, Mr. Lemley entered the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest and captured their first prize of $2,500.

Sam Lemley at Library of Congress ceremony.