Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 17:30

Presidential Address
Despite their essentially ephemeral nature, catalogues of books for sale have played an important role in the history of bibliography, and it may be useful to look afresh at the influence commerce and scholarship exercised on each other, largely down to the end of the eighteenth century, through our modern lens of the archaeology of the book.

Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 17:30

Graham Pollard Memorial Lecture

Medieval paper makers produced paper in four distinct sizes. Paul Needham has identified several variants used by fifteenth-century printers and another variant introduced by Aldus Manutius for his octavo classics. These paper sizes, new and old, continued in use in the sixteenth century.

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 18:00

Join members of The Bibliographical Society at this free event hosted by Middle Temple Library to hear four book collectors tell the extraordinary story of how the discovery of a particular book has had a deeply personal impact upon them. It might have ignited a research interest, influenced a career choice or simply taken their book collecting in a new direction.
Monday 27 April 2020
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Middle Temple
Middle Temple Lane
London EC4Y 9BT
Refreshments provided.
Admission is free but places must be booked before Monday 20 April by contacting Julian Pooley at or 01483 518749

Middle Temple Lane London EC4Y 9BT
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 - 17:30

Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture

In the first half of the twentieth century, a group of designers in France, initially encouraged by an enlightened patron and book collector, started to produce wonderfully varied, and often amazingly beautiful designs for bindings, applying to books and bindings the philosophy and artistic skills that had inspired their drawings, engravings or etchings, as well as their designs for furniture and ceramics. They chose the best forwarders and finishers to carry out their designs, producing the most stunning results. Their work was mostly, but not entirely, intended for discerning collectors. This talk will concentrate on this group of designers who worked mainly in Paris until c. 1960.

Friday, May 22, 2020 - 10:00

The Bibliographical Society is pleased to offer a morning of bibliographical training, to be held in Manchester at the John Rylands Library 
The event will run from 10:00-12:30 and will provide an introduction to topics such as the identification of bibliographical format, writing a collation formula and recognising important features of hand-press books.  It is open to anyone who needs these skills but is particularly aimed at:

  • Book dealers and collectors of antiquarian material
  • Scholars and students doing intensive work on hand-press books
  • Librarians and other information professionals, such as archivists who may be expected to manage collections of early printed books

Refreshments will be provided, but not lunch.  To apply, please send an email to stating your reasons for applying.  We have a maximum of 16 spaces available, so early application is encouraged.

John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH