Election of Vice-President

The Society is seeking to appoint a new Vice-President at its AGM on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.

Nominations will be considered by Council at its meeting on 3 September, and members of the Society are invited to submit nominations to the Hon. Secretary by the end of Friday, 23 August 2019.

Nominations should be supported by a short summary of the candidate’s suitability for Vice-President; no more than 3 nominations may be submitted by any one person.

James P. Carley awarded Society's Gold Medal

James P. Carley has been chosen as the recipient of the Society's 2019 Gold Medal. The presentation will take place before the lecture on Tuesday, 21 January 2020, at the Society of Antiquaries.

Now online: Index to the Court Books of the Stationers' Company, 1679-1717

The Index to the Court Books of the Stationers' Company, 1679-1717 can now be consulted online.

Bibliographical training event

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.

For further details, see

Another new item from John Dee's library

Andrew Dunning has reported that the manuscript Book of St Albans (Trinity College Dublin, MS 177) was once in Dee's possession.
It is apparently not recorded in his library catalogue.


Seventeenth-Century Libraries: Problems & Perspectives

1:45 pm, 6 June 2019 to 1:45 pm, 8 June 2019
University College, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

This symposium brings together a group of UK-based academics and librarians, as well as key Continental scholars, in an attempt to consolidate current research, for the first time, on seventeenth-century libraries and book collecting.

The Secrets of Manuscript Cookbooks

Stephen Schmidt, Manuscript Cookbooks Survey 

Contemporary book collecting

Join us for an evening on CONTEMPORARY BOOK COLLECTING
on Wednesday, 20th March 2019
at 5.30pm for 6pm.

Meet new collectors,
hear them describe what inspired them to collect,
look at some of their books,
and enjoy a glass of wine afterwards.

The evening is kindly hosted by Egon Zehnder at their offices in

New item from John Dee's library

Barry Taylor (British Library) has reported a new Dee item in Dr William's Library, London.
It is no. 490 in the Bibliographical Society's publication of the facsimile of Dee's catalogue (Roberts and Watson, 1990): 'Vite de piu eccelle[n]ti artichitetti, pittori &c da Giorgio Vasari: 4°. 2 tomis flor. 1550.'


Bibliographical Society Gold Medal

From time to time the Society awards a Gold Medal for distinguished services to bibliography to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the subject and the furtherance of the Society’s aims. Forty-four awards have been made since the Medal Fund was established in 1929 and recipients since 1990 have been Nicolas Barker, Bernhard Fabian, Lotte Hellinga, Don McKenzie, David McKitterick, Henri-Jean Martin, Paul Needham, Mirjam Foot, G. Thomas Tanselle and James Mosley.