Leo Gershoy Award Recipients
In 1975 Mrs. Ida Gershoy made a gift to the Association in order to establish a prize in memory of her husband, Leo Gershoy. Professor Gershoy was a specialist in European history associated with the faculty of New York University for more than 35 years. The award named in his honor is awarded to the author of the most outstanding work published in English on any aspect of 17th- and 18th-century European history. From its inception in 1977 until 1985 the Leo Gershoy Award was a biennial award worth $1,000; since 1985 it has been an annual award.
2013 Gershoy Award
Daniela Bleichmar, Univ. of Southern California
Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (Univ. of Chicago Press)
Based on a store of beautiful botanic prints locked in a Madrid archive, Daniela Bleichmar’s Visible Empire recalls the achievements of Spanish scientific expeditions and imaginatively recreates the making, meaning, and import of these stunning prints for the empire in the era of Bourbon Reform. Written in arrestingly clear prose that mirrors the luminous quality of the book’s many botanical illustrations, Visible Empire sets new standards for the emerging field of visual history.