History of the Book: Collection Overview

Bibliographical Methods

  • Norman E. Binns. An Introduction to Historical Bibliography. London: Association of Assistant Librarians, 1962.
  • Fredson Bowers. Principles of Bibliographical Description. New York: Russell & Russell, 1962 [c1949]. 
    The “Bible” of bibliographic description, with the most definitive and technical explanations of techniques for describing rare books.
  • Philip Gaskell. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972. 
    A more accessible book that Bowers recommended as an introduction to bibliographic description.
  • Ronald B. McKerrow. An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students>. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962.
  • Esdaile, James Kennedy. A Student's Manual of Bibliography. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1954.

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Bookbinding

  • Jane Greenfield. ABC of Bookbinding: An Unique Glossary with over 700 Illustrations... New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1998.
  • Paul Needham. Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings, 400-1600. New York: Pierpont Morgan Library: Oxford University Press, c1979.
  • Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1982.

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Glossaries

  • John Carter. ABC for Book Collectors. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1995.
  • Geoffrey Glaister. Glaister's Glossary of the Book. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1979.
  • J.F.M. Wijnekus. Elsevier's Dictionary of the Printing and Allied Industries in Four Languages, English, French, German, Dutch. New York: Elsevier, 1967.

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Histories

  • Joseph Blumenthal. The Printed Book in America. Boston: D.R. Godine, 1977.
  • John Carter and Percy Muir. Printing and the Mind of Man. 2nd ed. München: K. Pressler, 1983
  • Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt. The Book in America. New York: Bowker, 1952.
  • Douglas C. McMurtrie. The Book: the Story of Printing & Bookmaking. London: Oxford University Press, 1943.
  • Joseph Moxon. Mechanick Exercises on the Whole Art of Printing, 1683-4. London: Oxford University Press, 1958.
  • S.H. Steinberg. Five Hundred Years of Printing. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 1996.
  • Isaiah Thomas. The History of Printing in America, with a Biography of Printers and an Account of Newspapers. Barre, Mass.: Imprint Society, 1970.
  • Hendrik D.L. Vervliet. The Book Through Five Thousand Years. New York: Phaidon, 1972.

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Illustration and Prints

  • Bamber Gascoigne. How to Identify Prints: a Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet. New York, N.Y.: Thames & Hudson, 2004.
  • Ferdinando Salamon. The History of Prints and Printmaking from Dürer to Picasso: a Guide to Collecting. New York: American Heritage Press, [1972].
  • David Bland. A History of Book Illustration: the Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969.

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Paper

  • Dard Hunter. Papermaking Through Eighteen Centuries/em>. New York: W. E. Rudge, 1930.
  • Silvie Turner and Birgit Skiöld. Handmade Paper Today: A Worldwide Survey of Mills, Papers, Techniques, and Uses. London: Lund Humphries, 1983.

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Printing, Typography, and Design

  • Alan Bartram. Five Hundred Years of Book Design. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2001.
  • T.J. Cobden-Sanderson. The Ideal Book or Book Beautiful. Eugene, Oregon: University of Oregon, J.H. Nash Fine Arts Press, 1933.
  • William Everson. On Printing. San Francisco: Book Club of California, 1992.
  • Frederic Goudy. Typologia: Studies in Type Design & Type Making... Berkeley: University of California Press, 1940.
  • Martin Hunter and Jerry Kelly. A Century for the Century: Fine Printed Books from 1900 to 1999. New York: Grolier Club, 1999.
  • Stanley Morison. The Typographic Book, 1450-1935. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1963.
  • William Morris. The Ideal Book: Essays and Lectures on the Arts of the Book. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1982.
  • Daniel Berkeley Updike. The Well Made Book. West New York, NJ: Mark Batty, Publisher, 2002.
  • Adrian Wilson. The Design of Books. Salt Lake City: Peregrine Smith, 1974.

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Videos

  • How to Operate a Book. New York: Book Arts Press, 1986.
  • The Making of a Renaissance Book. Charlottesville, VA: Book Arts Press, 2000.
  • The Anatomy of a Book: Format in the Hand-Press Period. New York: Viking, c1991.

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