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Analytical and Enumerative Bibliography 1 (1977)-8 (1984); ns 1- (1987)-. [Quarterly journal.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) (journals) *]

The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society 1 (1889)- [periodically restarts from vol. 1 with a new series number]. [Quarterly: journal of the Bibliographical Society (Great Britain).] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) (journals); libraries and repositories (historical); manuscripts (journals); manuscripts (codicological study); early printed books (journals); incunabula *]

Literary Research: A Journal of Scholarly Method and Technique 1 (1976)-. [Quarterly journal.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) (journals) *]

Manuscripta: A Journal Devoted to Manuscript Studies 1 (1957)-. [Issued three times per year.] [* Subject heading: manuscripts (journals) *]

Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 1 (1906)-. [Quarterly: journal of the Bibliographical Society of America.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) (journals) *]

Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada 1 (1962)-. [Annual: journal of the Bibliographical Society of Canada.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) (journals) *]

Studies in Bibliography 1 (1948)-. [Annual: journal of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) (journals) *]

Text: Transactions of the Society for Textual Scholarship 1 (1984)-. [Annual: journal of the Society for Textual Scholarship.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) (journals) *]

Beadle, Richard, and A. J. Piper, eds. New Science Out of Old Books: Studies in Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in Honour of A. I. Doyle. Aldershot, Hants.: Scolar Press, 1995. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); manuscript production; early printed books *]

Collison, Robert L. Indexes and Indexing: Guide to the Indexing of Books, Periodicals. . . . 3rd ed. London: Benn; and New York: De Graff, 1969. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); tools and aids for readers, history of *]

Dane, Joseph A. Abstractions of Evidence in the Study of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books. Farnham, Surrey, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2009. [Publisher's description: "In this book, Joseph Dane critiques the use of material evidence in studies of manuscript and printed books by delving into accepted notions about the study of print culture. He questions the institutional and ideological presuppositions that govern medieval studies, descriptive bibliography, and library science."] [* Subject heading: general bibliography; methodology (use of evidence); early printed books; incunabula; transmission of texts *]

Dane, Joseph A. Blind Impressions: Methods and Mythologies in Book History. Material Texts. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013. [Publisher's description: "What is a book in the study of print culture? For the scholar of material texts, it is not only a singular copy carrying the unique traces of printing and preservation efforts, or an edition, repeated and repeatable, or a vehicle for ideas to be abstracted from the physical copy. But when the bibliographer situates a book copy within the methods of book history, Joseph A. Dane contends, it is the known set of assumptions which govern the discipline that bibliographic arguments privilege, repeat, or challenge. 'Book history,' he writes, 'is us.' In this book, Dane reexamines the field of material book history by questioning its most basic assumptions and definitions. How is print defined? What are the limits of printing history? What constitutes evidence? His concluding section takes form as a series of short studies in theme and variation, considering such matters as two-color printing, the composing stick used by hand-press printers, the bibliographical status of book fragments, and the function of scholarly illustration."] [Contents: Paleography versus typography -- "Ca. 1800": what's in a date? -- Bibliographers of the mind -- Herman R. Mead's Incunabula in the Huntington Library and the notion of "Typographical Value" -- Catchtitles in English books to 1550 -- An editorial propaedeutic -- Book history and book histories: on making of lists -- Meditation on the composing stick -- The red and the black -- Fragments -- The nature and function of scholarly illustration in a digital world -- Art of the mind.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography; books and book history; methodology (use of evidence) *]

Dane, Joseph A. The Myth of Print Culture: Essays on Evidence, Textuality, and Bibliographical Method. Studies in Book and Print Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003. [Publisher's description: "The Myth of Print Culture is a critique of bibliographical and editorial method, focusing on the disparity between levels of material evidence (unique and singular) and levels of text (abstract and reproducible). It demonstrates how the particulars of evidence are manipulated in standard scholarly arguments by the higher levels of textuality they are intended to support. The individual studies in the book focus on a range of problems: basic definitions of what a book is; statistical assumptions; and editorial methods used to define and collate the presumably basic unit of 'variant.' This work differs from other recent studies in print culture in its emphasis on fifteenth-century books and its insistence that the problems encountered in that historical milieu (problems as basic as cataloguing errors) are the same as problems encountered in other areas of literary criticism. The difficulties in the simplest of cataloguing decisions, argues Joseph Dane, tend to repeat themselves at all levels of bibliographical, editorial, and literary history."] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); textual editing and criticism *]

Davison, Peter, ed. The Book Encompassed: Studies in Twentieth-Century Bibliography. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992. [Rpt.: Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1998.] [A collection of essays on the current state of scholarship in various aspects of bibliography. Contents: Peter Davison, "Introduction" (1-11); Julian Roberts, "The Bibliographical Society, 1942-1992" (12-23); G. Thomas Tanselle, "Issues in Bibliographical Studies since 1942" (24-36); Christopher de Hamel, "Medieval Manuscript Studies" (37-45); Jenny Stratford, "English Literary Manuscripts of the Twentieth Century" (46-56); Tom Davis, "The Analysis of Handwriting: An Introductory Survey" (57-68); John Bidwell, "The Study of Paper as Evidence, Artefact, and Commodity" (69-82); Nicolas Barker, "Typographic Studies" (83-98); Mirjam M. Foot, "The Future of Bookbinding Research" (99-106); Lotte Hellinga, "Incunabula, 1942-1992: From Type to Text" (107-115); T. H. Howard-Hill, "Enumerative and Descriptive Bibliography" (122-129); Sarah Tyacke, "Describing Maps" (130-141); Gwyn Walters, "Developments in the Study of Book Illustration" (142-150); Magda Whitrow, "Bibliographical Developments in the History of Science" (151-160); David McKitterick, "Book Catalogues: Their Varieties and Uses" (161-175); Peter Isaac and Michael Perkin, "The British Provincial Book Trade" (176-181); Brian Hillyard, "Scottish Bibliography for the Period Ending 1801" (182-192); Eiluned Rees, "From Autograph to Automation: Welsh Bibliography" (193-199); Charles Benson and Mary Pollard, "The Silken Purse: Bibliography in Ireland" (200-205); David Shaw, "La bibliologie in France" (206-214); B. C. Bloomfield, "Bibliography and Oriental Literature" (215-226); Wallace Kirsop, "Tradition and Innovation: Bibliography in Australia and New Zealand" (227-235); Sebastian P. Brock, "Developments in Editing Biblical Texts" (236-243); Fredson Bowers, "Notes on Theory and Practice in Editing Texts" (244-257); John L. Flood and Conor Fahy, "Analytical and Textual Bibliography in Germany and Italy" (258-269); Akihiro Yamada, "Bibliographical Studies in Japan" (270-275); Robin Alston, "Bibliography in the Computer Age" (276-289); D. F. McKenzie, "History of the Book" (290-301); Terry Belanger, "Envoi: Meditations by the Captain of the Iceberg" (302-309).] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Corrected reprint. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1974. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); history of printing; early printed books; modern books *]

Glaister, Geoffrey Ashall. Glaister's Glossary of the Book: Terms used in Papermaking, Printing, Bookbinding and Publishing, with Notes on Illuminated Manuscripts and Private Presses. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. [Reissued in 1996 (but not a new edition) as The Encyclopedia of the Book.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); material production (bookbinding, paper); history of printing; early printed books; modern books; incunabula; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); book illustration *]

Grafton, Anthony. The Footnote: A Curious History. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1997. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); tools and aids for readers, history of *]

Greetham, D. C. Textual Scholarship: An Introduction. Garland Reference Library of the Humanities 1417. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1992. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Howard-Hill, T. H. "The Place of Bibliography in the Graduate Curriculum: Introductory Remarks." Literary Research Newsletter 9.4 (Fall 1984): 45-52. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Johns, Adrian. The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn, John J. Thompson, and Sarah Baechle, eds. New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: Essays in Honor of Derek Pearsall. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2014. [Papers presented at the first Robert M. Conway Notre Dame London Center Conference, held at the Notre Dame Center in London on October 20-22, 2011. "This volume gathers the contributions of senior and junior scholars—all indebted to the pathbreaking work of Derek Pearsall—to showcase new research prompted by his rich and ongoing legacy as a literary critic, editor, and seminal founder of Middle English manuscript studies" (Publisher's description). Contents: Linne Mooney, "A Brief Biographical Sketch of Derek Pearsall." Part I: Celebrating Pearsallian Reading Practices. Christopher Cannon, Foreword to Part I; A. C. Spearing, "Narrative and Freedom in Troilus and Criseyde"; Oliver Pickering, "How Good Is the Outspoken South English Legendary Poet?: A New Edition of the Prologue to the Conception of Mary"; Martha W. Driver, "Derek Pearsall, Secret Shakespearean." Part II: England and International: Studies in Courtly Verse and Affectivity Inspired by the Work of Elizabeth Salter and Derek Pearsall at York. William Marx, Foreword to Part II; Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, "The Tongues of the Nightingale: 'hertely redying' at English Courts"; Susan Powell, "Wings, Wingfields, and Wynnere and Wastoure"; Sarah McNamer, "The Author of the Italian Meditations on the Life of Christ"; Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis, "Handling The Book of Margery Kempe: The Corrective Touches of the Red Ink Annotator." Part III: The Making of a Field: York's 1981 Manuscripts and Readers Thirty Years Later. John J. Thompson, Foreword to Part III; Julia Boffey, "Assessing Manuscript Context: Visible and Invisible: Evidence in a Copy of the Middle English Brut"; A. I. Doyle, "Books with Marginalia from St. Mark's Hospital, Bristol"; Carol M. Meale, "John Colyns, Mercer and Bookseller of London, and Cuthbert Tunstall's Second Monition of 1526"; A. S. G. Edwards, "Selling Lydgate Manuscripts in the Twentieth Century." Part IV: Newer Directions in Manuscript Studies I: Regional and Scribal Identities. Siân Echard, Foreword to Part IV; Hannah Zdansky, "'And fer ouer þe French flod': A Look at Cotton Nero A.x from an International Perspective"; Hilary E. Fox, "Langlandian Economics in James Yonge's Gouernaunce: Translation and Ethics in Fifteenth-Century Dublin"; Theresa O'Byrne, "Manuscript Creation in Dublin: The Scribe of Bodleian e. Museo MS 232 and Longleat MS 29." Part V: Newer Directions in Manuscript Studies II: Women, Children, and Literacy at Work in Late Medieval and Early Tudor England. Phillipa Hardman, Foreword to Part V; Nicole Eddy, "The Romance of History: Lambeth Palace MS 491 and its Young Readers"; Karrie Fuller, "Langland in the Early Modern Household: Piers Plowman in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby 145, and its Scribe-Annotator Dialogues"; Maura Giles-Watson, "Playing as Literate Practice: Humanism and the Exclusion of Women Performers by the London Professional Stages." Part VI: Chaucerian and Post-Chaucerian Reading Practices. Edward Wheatley, Foreword to Part VI; Elizabeth Scala, "Quoting Chaucer: Textual Authority, the Nun's Priest, and the Making of the Canterbury Tales"; Sarah Baechle, "Chaucer, the Continent, and the Characteristics of Commentary"; Peter Brown, "Hoccleve in Canterbury"; Stephen Partridge, "The Legacy of John Shirley: Revisiting Houghton MS Eng 530." Part VII: What a Poet is "Entitled to be Remembered By": Editorial Philosophies and the Langlandian Legacy of Derek Pearsall. Nicolette Zeeman, Foreword to Part VII; Jill Mann, "Was the C-Reviser's Manuscript Really So Corrupt?"; Melinda Nielsen, "Emending Oneself: Compilatio and Revisio in Langland, Usk, and Higden"; Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, "Confronting the Scribe-Poet Binary: The Z Text, Writing Office Redaction, and the Oxford Reading Circles."] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Kerby-Fulton, Kathryn, Linda Olson, and Maidie Hilmo. Opening up Middle English Manuscripts: Literary and Visual Approaches. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2012. [Publisher's description: "This deeply informed and lavishly illustrated book is a comprehensive introduction to the modern study of Middle English manuscripts. It is intended for students and scholars who are familiar with some of the major Middle English literary works, such as The Canterbury Tales, Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers Plowman, and the romances, mystical works or cycle plays, but who may not know much about the surviving manuscripts. The book approaches these texts in a way that takes into account the whole manuscript or codex--its textual and visual contents, physical state, readership, and cultural history. Opening Up Middle English Manuscripts also explores the function of illustrations in fashioning audience response to particular authors and their texts over the course of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. . . . Among the topics [addressed] are the rise of the English language, literacy, social conditions of authorship, early instances of the 'Alliterative Revival,' women and book production, nuns' libraries, patronage, household books, religious and political trends, and attempts at revisionism and censorship."] [* Subject Heading: general bibliography (study of the book); Manuscript culture; Middle English; later medieval England *]

Marrow, James H., Richard A. Linenthal, and William Noel, eds. The Medieval Book: Glosses from Friends and Colleagues of Christopher De Hamel. 't Goy-Houten: Hes and De Graaf, 2010. [Contents: Books. A Christ Church scribe of the late eleventh century / Michael Gullick; The portrait of Laurence of Durham as Scribe / A. I. Doyle; Medieval English bookbinding stamps: four new examples / Richard A. Linenthal; An illustrated twelfth-century manuscript of Hyginuss De Astronomia / Timothy Bolton; Angels, lost and found, in the University Library, Cambridge / Paul Binski; A scientific textbook for a noble student: Sacroboscos Treatises in the New York Public Library / Lucy Freeman Sandler; Early manuscripts of Jean de Meuns translation of Vegetius / Richard and Mary Rouse; The Holkham Bible picture book and the Bible moralisée / John Lowden; The Sherborne Missal and Roddoke Robertus: the anatomy of a major manuscript commission / Michelle Brown; Uncommon images in the Common of the Saints of Italian choir books / Margaret Manion; The city gates of Perugia and Umbrian manuscript illumination of the fifteenth century / Jonathan J. G. Alexander; Mind your table manners / Bernard Rosenthal; Magdalena Kremer, scribe and painter of the choir and chapter books of the Dominican convent of St Johannes-Baptista in Kirchheim unter Teck / Jeffrey F. Hamburger; A Dutch(?) miniaturist active at the turn of the sixteenth century / James H. Marrow; Bathsheba imagery in French books of hours made for women, c. 1470-1500 / Thomas Kren; The Prayer book of Claude de France / Roger S. Wieck; Indexes in late medieval polyphonic music manuscripts: a brief tour / Margaret Bent; The discovery and invention of the Gutenberg Bible, 1455-1805 / Paul Needham; An early witness to the texts of Horace and Tibullus, or an audacious forgery? / Marvin L. Colker; Some deceptive bookbindings / Anthony Hobson -- The book trade. Four book auctions of the fifteenth century / Lotte Hellinga; A new beginning: the Sotheby bankruptcy of 1836 / David McKitterick: William Edward Hurcomb, goldsmith, gasconader, auctioneer, and bankrupt / John Collins: Colleagues at Sotheby's / Diana Berry . . . [et al.]; The provenance of the Bute psalter / Sam Fogg -- Collectors and collecting. Frederick, Archbishop of Riga (1304-1341), and his books / Patrick Zutshi; 'Ligging in the choer, every of hem tied by hymself with a cheyne of iron': chained books in churches in late medieval England / Nigel Morgan; Henry Yates Thompson, gentleman; 'an unusual collector with commercial motives just a shade larger than was common' / William P. Stoneman; Catalogues of the library of Sir Thomas Phillipps: a chronological checklist / Roland Folter; The bibliophile and the scholar: Count Paul Durrieu's list of manuscripts belonging to Baron Edmond de Rothschild / François Avril; Cockerell and riches / Stella Panayotova; Medieval manuscripts owned by J. Meade Falknera / A. S. G. Edwards; Princely pursuits: hunting manuscripts / Lawrence J. Schoenberg with Lynn Ransom; The saga of Christianity's oldest liturgical manuscript / Martin Schøyen; Floreat vellomania; or, A slice of history: reflections on collecting medieval manuscript fragments/ Robert Weaver; A handlist of western medieval manuscripts in the Takamiya collection / Toshiyuki Takamiya; Some transatlantic trails of W. de Brailes / William Noel; The Descriptions Master / Henri Schiller.] [* Subject Heading: general bibliography (study of the book); Manuscript production: scribes and scribal practices; manuscripts; books; illumination; medieval *]

McKenzie, D. F. Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts. The Panizzi Lectures 1985. London: The British Library, 1986. [Three lectures on the current state of the field of "bibliography," and of the areas into which the field must expand now. McKenzie wants the term "bibliography" understood to be equivalent to the phrase "the sociology of texts" ("texts" being understood in the widest possible sense: movies, videogames, etc., to be included--indeed, the landscape itself has been textualized in some cultures, and "bibliographers" must be involved in questions of whether the miners have the right to destroy a hill which plays a role in the mythology of an indigenous people), so that all questions of the history and interpretation of texts become subsumed under the term "bibliographical study."] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

McKerrow, R[onald] B. An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1927. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Olmert, Michael. The Smithsonian Book of Books. Intro. Christopher de Hamel. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Books, 1992. Rpt.: New York: Wings Books, 1995. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); history of the book *]

Pearsall Derek, ed. New Directions in Later Medieval Manuscript Studies: Essays from the 1998 Harvard Conference. Woodbridge, Suffolk, and Rochester, NY: York Medieval Press / Boydell and Brewer, in association with the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, 2000. [* Subject heading: general bibliography *]

Peters, Jean, ed. The Bookman's Glossary. 6th ed. New York: R. R. Bowker, 1983. [Offers "definitions of some 1,800 terms used in book publishing, book manufacturing, bookselling, the antiquarian trade, and librarianship."] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Rouse, R[ichard] H., and M[ary] A. Rouse. "Bibliography before Print: The Medieval De viris illustribus." In The Role of the Book in Medieval Culture: Proceedings of the Oxford International Symposium, 26 September - 1 October 1982. Ed. Peter Ganz. 2 vols. Bibliologia 3 and 4. Turnhout: Brepols, 1986. 1: 133-154. [Medieval compilations of information about famous men (de viris illustribus), particularly authors, constitute an important stage in the development of the study of bibliography.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Rouse, Richard H., and Mary A. Rouse. "Thirteenth-Century Sermon Aids." In Preachers, Florilegia and Sermons: Studies on the "Manipulus florum" of Thomas of Ireland. Studies and Texts 47. Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 1979. Pp. 3-25. [As aids to preachers, friars in the thirteenth century invented the concordance, the index, the book of quotations ("florilegium"), and the library catalogue.] [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); tools and aids for readers, history of; indexing tools, development of (index, concordance) *]

Scholderer, Victor. Fifty Essays in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Bibliography. Ed. Dennis E. Rhodes. Amsterdam: Menno Hertzberger, 1966. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); early modern book culture (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) *]

Small, David L. "Rethinking the Book." Ph.D. diss., MIT, 1999. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); history of the book *]

Tabbi, Joseph. Reading Matters: Narrative in New Media Ecology. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1997. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); modern education and literacy; reading and readers *]

Tribble, Chris, and Glynn Jones. "Concordances and Concordancing: A Short History." English Today 8.3 (July 1992): 29-32. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); tools and aids for readers, history of *]

Williams, William Proctor, and Craig S. Abbott. An Introduction to Bibliographical and Textual Studies. 2nd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1989. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book) *]

Witty, Francis J. "The Beginnings of Indexing and Abstracting: Some Notes Towards a History of Indexing and Abstracting in Antiquity and the Middle Ages." Indexer 8 (1973): 193-198. [* Subject heading: general bibliography (study of the book); tools and aids for readers, history of; index, abstract *]

Bibliography: [ Some basic resources ] | [ General bibliography ] | [ History of the book ] | [ Literacy and education, medieval and early modern (readers and reading) ] | [ Archival research ] | [ Forgeries / bibliographic fraud ] | [ Dictionaries (historical) ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: Early Modern book culture ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: production ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: catalogues ] | [ Early printed books and incunabula: facsimiles ] | [ Diplomatics: the study of historical documents ] | [ Printing, history of ] | [ Publishing, history of ] | [ Libraries and repositories, history of; book collecting ] | [ Manuscript culture ] | [ Manuscript culture: patronage ] | [ Manuscripts: codicology ] | [ Manuscripts: paleography ] | [ Manuscript production ] | [ Manuscript production: scribes and scribal practices ] | [ Manuscript production: decoration and illustration ] | [ Manuscript production: material culture (paper, bindings, etc.) ] | [ Manuscripts: catalogues and finding aids ] | [ Manuscripts: facsimiles and facsimile editions ] | [ Sigillography (the study of seals) ] | [ Textual criticism and editing ] | [ Keyword search of entire bibliography ]

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