Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:00

The London and Edinburgh Bibliographical Societies, in collaboration with the Rare Books in Scotland network, are pleased to advertise a morning of bibliographical training, to be held in Edinburgh University Library on Friday 26 April.

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
  • Information professionals, such as archivists who may be expected to manage collections of early printed books

Refreshments will be provided although not lunch.  

To apply, please send an email to stating your reasons for applying. 
We have a maximum of 20 spaces available so early application is encouraged.

Edinburgh University Library
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 17:30

David Pearson: Bookbinding history and sacred cows: reflections on received wisdom

Book history has increasingly developed a cohesive view of the printing, selling, owning, reading and use of books, but bookbinding has struggled to find its place in the teaching and perception of the broad discipline. It is hampered by inherited perceptions of the operation of the binding trade, and what is important or knowable. This paper will examine these issues, consider the key questions we should ask of bindings, and argue for their proper integration into the book-historical pantheon.

Tea will be served at 5.00 p.m. with the lecture to start at 5.30 p.m. Members are welcome to bring guests, both to meetings and to the tea beforehand.

Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, London W1J 0BE
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 13:00
The Summer Visit for 2019 will be to the Francis Trigge Library, St Wulfram’s Church, Church Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6RR, on Tuesday, 25 June 2019, beginning at 13.00 at the main entrance to the church. Dr Brian Stagg, Honorary Custodian, will host the Society for an introduction to St Wulfram’s Church and the Trigge Library and a display of some of the Library’s highlights.
The visit is open to all members of the Society. Numbers are limited and those wishing to come should notify the Hon. Secretary by post or e-mail no later than 16 June. Guests may be permitted if numbers allow, but preference will be given to members. Places will be allocated as replies are received and confirmations will be sent.


Francis Trigge Library, St Wulfram’s Church, Church Street, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6RR