Book History Online is a searchable bibliographic database containing details of books and articles on the history of the book worldwide. The database is derived from the Annual Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries (ABHB) which itself is an international collaborative venture overseen by the Special Collections Department of the National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek). The database contains over 28,000 records and may be searched by title, author or keyword. Searches may also be limited by country, time period, and date of publication. The keyword index includes a series of subject terms maintained by the editors and includes paleography, printing materials, bookbinding, libraries, newspapers, and publishing . An introduction to the database and help pages are provided together with contact information and a form to suggest new bibliographic records.
This is the homepage of the British Book Trade Index (BBTI), originally established in 1983 by Professor Peter Isaac of University of Newcastle upon Tyne, now hosted by the University of Birmingham. The BBTI was developed with funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (now the AHRC) Resource Enhancement scheme. The BBTI provides a searchable database of names and biographical details of people who worked in the English and Welsh book trade up to 1851. Users should note that the National Library of Scotland maintains a separate Scottish Book Trade Index, although some Scottish book trade people who were active in England or Wales are listed in the BBTI. The earliest entries in the database include Exeter Cathedral, which entered the book trade as a library in the eleventh century, and parchment or vellum makers and bookbinders from the medieval period. The database holds over 95,000 records and focuses on printers; publishers; booksellers; stationers; papermakers; engravers; auctioneers; ink-makers; and even sellers of medicines. Several previously published book trade indexes have been incorporated into the BBTI, including those by Plomer, Ramsden, Todd and Feather; users should also refer to the site's excellent bibliography of the English provincial book trade. Recent additions to the BBTI have additionally drawn from the Historical Directories Searchable Digital Library, administered by the University of Leicester.
Users can register with BBTI staff to submit information to the project database. Recent issues of the BBTI periodical, Quadrat, are available in full-text versions on the site; tables of contents for Quadrat issues from 1995 to 2005 are also posted.
This is the homepage of the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies (CMPS), which was founded in 2001 at the Institute of English Studies, University of London on behalf of the British Library; the St Bride Printing Library; the University of London Research Library Services; the English Department at the University of Birmingham; the School of English at the University of Reading; and the Literature Department at the Open University. The Centre covers a diverse range of fields such as: palaeography; codicology; diplomatic writing and calligraphy; the history of printing; manuscript and print relations; the history of publishing and of the book trade; ephemera studies; the history of reading; the history of libraries; collecting and scholarship; analytical, descriptive and historical bibliography; textual criticism and textual theory; and the electronic book. The CMPS serves as a resource for the international community of scholars (including undergraduate and postgraduate students); the site provides news of events such as conferences, seminars, exhibitions, and summer schools such as the Centre's annual Palaeography Summer School and London Rare Book School. Information and progress reports are provided about CMPS research projects, most of which receive funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Several of the more developed projects have their own sites, including: the Complete Works of John Ford; the Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700 (CELM); and the Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts (DigCIM); Philo-Bibliographical Notes and Queries; Early Paper; John Masefield Virtual Research Environment; the William Sharp "Fiona Macleod" Archive; and the Yeats Annual Series. The Centre additionally hosts the AHRC National Research Training Scheme (NRTS) in English Language and Literature, Palaeography and the History of the Book. Links to related sites and partner institutions are included. The Web pages are uncomplicated and easy to follow.
The website of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for the History of the Book (CHB), gives information on an international and interdisciplinary unit for advanced research into all aspects of the material culture of the text. The site includes information on: personnel; projects; events; fellowships; courses; and links to other sites of interest. The site also provides back issues of the Centre's newsletter, and recent items of related news concerning scholarship on the history of the book. The site would be of value to students and scholars researching book history or manuscript history.