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Bibliography and useful links

Online resources

  • Cathedral Libraries Catalogue – a catalogue of books printed before 1701 in the libraries of the Anglican cathedrals of England and Wales; including a list of Latin names of printing towns.
  • Book History Online – a database in English on the history of the printed book and libraries, containing titles of books and articles on the history of the printed book worldwide. 
  • British Book Trade Index – index of the names and brief biographical details and trade details of people who worked in the book trade in England and Wales and who were trading by 1851; maintained at the University of Birmingham. 
  • COPAC – contains 30 million catalogue records representing the holdings of two dozen major university libraries, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales and the National Art Library (V&A). 
  • Rare Books Resources on the British Library website: a list of useful internet resources including BL guides and catalogues, links to rare book libraries and organisations. 
  • Incunabula Short Title Catalogue – ISTC is the international database of 15th-century European printing, recording almost 30,000 editions printed from movable type before 1501, but not material printed entirely from woodblocks or engraved plates. 

Printed resources

  • Jennifer Andersen and Elizabeth Sauer (eds), Books and readers in early modern England: material studies (Philadelphia: Philadelphia University Press, 2002).
  • B.C. Bloomfield, A directory of rare book and special collections in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, 2nd edition (London: Library Association, 1997). R162514
  • The Cambridge history of the book in Britain, 5 vols to date (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999-ongoing).
  • Elizabeth Eisenstein, The printing revolution in early modern Europe, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
  • Daniel Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, An introduction to book history (London: Routledge, 2005).
  • Daniel Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery, The book history reader (London: Routledge, 2002).
  • Trevor Howard-Hill, The British book trade, 1475-1890: a bibliography, 2 vols (London: British Library, 2009).
  • David Pearson, Books as history (London: British Library, 2008).
  • David Pearson, Provenance research in book history: a handbook (London: British Library, 1998).
  • S.H. Steinberg, Five hundred years of printing, new edition revised by John Trevitt (London: British Library, 1996).