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Adams, Thomas R., and Nicolas Barker. "A New Model for the Study of the Book." In A Potencie of Life: Books in Society; The Clark Lectures, 1986-1987. Ed. Nicolas Barker. The British Library Studies in the History of the Book. London: British Library, 1993. Pp. 5-43. [Whereas the historians would make the new field of the history of the book a history of people in relation to books (relegating the history of the book to a branch of social history, and thus generally dismissing and ignoring as irrelevant the work of bibliographers during the last hundred years), Adams and Barker insist that the physical object of the book--its publication, manufacturing, distribution, reception and survival--should be central to this field.] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Allen, Charlotte. "Indecent Disposal." Lingua Franca 5.4 (May-June 1995): 44-53. [An expression of outrage aimed at Guaranteed Destruction Inc. of New Jersey, which pulps and recycles books.] [* Subject heading: history of the book; "death" of the book *]

Alston, R. C., ed. Order and Connexion: Studies in Bibliography and Book History; Selected Papers from the Munby Seminar, Cambridge, July 1994. Cambridge, and Rochester, NY: D. S. Brewer / Boydell and Brewer, 1997. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Avrin, Leila. Scribes, Script, and Books: The Book Arts from Antiquity to the Renaissance. Illus. Malla Carl and Noah Ophir. Chicago: American Library Association; London: The British Library, 1991. [Rev.: (Nigel Wilson) TLS 6 Dec. 1991, p. 27 (Wilson complains of errors and inconsistencies).] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Book History 1 (1998)-. [Annual: journal of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP).] [* Subject heading: history of the book (journals); authors and authorship; reading and readers *]

Braswell, Laurel Nichols. Western Manuscripts from Classical Antiquity to the Renaissance: A Handbook. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1981. [* Subject heading: history of the book; manuscript production; paleography (history of handwriting); manuscripts (codicological study); codicology *]

The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. Ed. D. F. McKenzie, David McKitterick, and Ian Willison. 7 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999- [one volume to date]. [The first volume published (in 1999) is Vol. 3 of the set, covering the period of 1400-1557 (ed. Lotte Hellinga and J. B. Trapp).] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Chartier, Roger, ed. The Culture of Print: Power and the Uses of Print in Early Modern Europe. Trans. Lydia G. Cochrane. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987. [On the cultural transformation brought about by the invention of the printing press.] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Clement, Richard W. "A Survey of Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Book Production." In Art into Life: Collected Papers from the Kresge Art Museum Medieval Symposia. Ed. Carol Garrett Fisher and Kathleen L. Scott. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1995. Pp. 9-28. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Dahl, Svend. Dahl's History of the Book. 3rd English ed.; rev. by Bill [William A.] Katz. History of the Book 2. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995. [The first Danish edition was published in the 1950s, and many of the examples used are from Danish printing history. Contents: Chap. 1: The Power of the Scribes; Chap. 2: Greece: The Classical Heritage; Chap. 3: The Romans To Early Christians; Chap. 4: The Dark Ages; Chap. 5: Middle Ages to the Renaissance; Chap. 6: Printing and the Renaissance; Chap. 7: Publishing: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries; Chap. 8: The Great Leap Forward: Printing and Publishing from 1800 to 1920; Chap. 9: The Twentieth Century and Beyond; Added Reading A: General Histories and Bibliographies; Added Reading B: Scribes to Printers; Added Reading C: Gutenberg to the Twenty-first Century.] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Darnton, Robert. "What is the History of Books?" Daedalus 111 (1982): 65-83. [This essay has been reprinted a number of times, including as part of Reading in America: Literature and Social History, ed. Cathy N. Davidson (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989).] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Davidson, Cathy N. "Introduction: Toward a History of Books and Readers." In Reading in America: Literature and Social History. Ed. Cathy N. Davidson. Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989. Pp. 1-26. [* Subject heading: history of the book; reading and readers *]

Delaissé, L. "Towards a History of the Medieval Book." Divinitas 11 (1967): 423-435. [* Subject heading: history of the book; manuscript culture; manuscript production *]

Donaldson, Ian. "The Destruction of the Book." Book History 1 (1998): 1-10. [Offers a response to Charlotte Allen, "Indecent Disposal," declaring that the demise of the book (individual or collective) is not horrific, though it remains unlikely that we will see the forecast "end" of the book anytime soon. (I am reminded of an essay entitled "Too Many Books," written early in the twentieth century, though I cannot remember the author's name, which celebrated the burning of the library at Alexandria as a great boon to mankind.)] [* Subject heading: history of the book; "death" of the book *]

Dupont, Florence. The Invention of Literature: From Greek Intoxication to the Latin Book. Trans. Janet Lloyd. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

English Manuscript Studies, 1100-1700 1 (1988)-. [* Subject heading: manuscripts (journals); manuscripts (codicological study) *]

Feather, John. "The Book in History and the History of the Book." In The History of Books and Libraries: Two Views. Ed. John Y. Cole. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1986. Pp. 1-16. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Feather, John. "The History of Books as a Field of Study: A Review Essay." The Journal of Library History 17 (1982): 463-467. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Feather, John. A Dictionary of Book History. New York: Oxford University Press; London: Croom Helm, 1986. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Febvre, Lucien, and Henri-Jean Martin. The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800. Trans. David Gerard. The Foundations of History Library. London: NLB, 1976. [Rpt. London: Verso, 1990.] [* Subject heading: history of the book; early printed books; incunabula; history of printing *]

Ganz, Peter, ed. The Role of the Book in Medieval Culture: Proceedings of the Oxford International Symposium, 26 September - 1 October 1982. 2 vols. Bibliologia 3 and 4. Turnhout: Brepols, 1986. [* Subject heading: history of the book; medieval education and literacy; reading and readers *]

Gilmont, Jean-François, ed. The Reformation and the Book. Trans. Karin Maag. Aldershot, Hants., and Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 1998. [A collection of essays exploring the connections between the invention of printing and the Protestant Reformation. The individual sections cover most of Europe, country by country; some of the sections are on individual cities. Includes Peter G. Bietenholz, "Books and the English Reformation Prior to 1558."] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Harthan, John. The History of the Illustrated Book: The Western Tradition. London: Thames and Hudson, 1981. [* Subject heading: history of the book; book illustration *]

Hindman, Sandra, ed. The Early Illustrated Book: Essays in Honor of Lessing J. Rosenwald. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1982. [A collection of papers in celebration of the Rosenwald Collection of Illustrated Books donated to the Library of Congress; the collection includes some illuminated medieval manuscripts and is especially strong in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Dutch and Flemish incunabula and early printed books.] [* Subject heading: history of the book; early printed books; incunabula; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); book illustration *]

Hindman, Sandra, ed. Printing the Written Word: The Social History of Books, circa 1450-1520. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991. [* Subject heading: history of the book; history of printing *]

Hodnett, Edward. Five Centuries of English Book Illustration. Aldershot, Hants.: Scolar Press, 1988. [* Subject heading: history of the book; early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration *]

Isaac, Peter, and Barry McKay, eds. The Reach of Print: Making, Selling and Using Books. Print Network. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1998. [Papers from the 1997 conference on Book Trade History.] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Journal of the Early Book Society 1 (1997)-. [Quarterly: journal of the Early Book Society.] [* Subject heading: manuscripts (journals); early printed books (journals); incunabula; manuscripts (codicological study) *]

Kilgour, Frederick G. The Evolution of the Book. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

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

McKenzie, D. F. "History of the Book." In The Book Encompassed: Studies in Twentieth-Century Bibliography. Ed. Peter Davison. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992. Pp. 290-301. [Rpt. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1998.] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Myers, Robin, and Michael Harris, eds. A Millennium of the Book: Production, Design and Illustration in Manuscript and Print, 900-1900. Publishing Pathways. Winchester: St Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1994. ["[T]his volume . . . consists of papers presented at the 16th annual conference on book-trade history held at the Centre for Extra-Mural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London" (Introduction, p. vii).] [* Subject heading: history of the book; manuscript production; manuscript decoration and illustration (illumination); early printed books: production; incunabula; book illustration *]

Perkin, Michael, ed. Illustration Processes and Binding in the Provinces: Aspects of the Provincial Book Trade in Southeast England. Reading: University of Reading, Department of Typography and Communication, 1993. [* Subject heading: history of the book; book illustration *]

Ratcliffe, F. W. "The Contribution of Book-Trade Studies to Scholarship." In Six Centuries of the Provincial Book Trade in Britain. Ed. Peter Isaac. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies, 1990. Pp. 1-11. ["The papers published in this volume were presented at the Eighth Seminar on the British Book Trade, Durham, July 1990, the silver jubilee of the History of the Book Trade in the North."] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Rota, Anthony. Apart from the Text. Pinner, Middlesex: Private Libraries Association; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1998. [On the economics and technology of book production in the last two centuries, based on a study of changes in the appearance of printed books; the greatest changes in the printed book have occurred since 1955 and the invention of photo-typesetting.] [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Scriptorium: Revue Internationale des Etudes Relatives aux Manuscrits / International Review of Manuscript Studies 1 (1946)-. [* Subject heading: manuscripts (journals) *]

Stillwell, Margaret Bingham. Beginning of the World of Books, 1450-1470. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Books, 1972. [* Subject heading: early printed books; incunabula; history of printing (fifteenth-century) *]

Tanselle, G. Thomas. The History of Books as a Field of Study. Second Hanes Lecture, Hanes Foundation. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina, 1981. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Tanselle, G. Thomas. Literature and Artifacts. Charlottesville: Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, 1998. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Vervliet, Hendrick D. L., ed. The Book Through Five Thousand Years: A Survey. London: Phaidon, 1972. [* Subject heading: history of the book *]

Winckler, Paul A., ed. Reader in the History of Books and Printing. Readers in Librarianship and Information Science 26. Englewood, CO: Information Handling Services, 1978. [An anthology of previously published papers by various authors.] [* Subject heading: history of the book; history of printing *]



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© 1998 Stephen R. Reimer
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