Bibliographical training at the John Rylands Library

The Bibliographical Society is pleased to offer a morning of bibliographical training, to be held in Manchester at the John Rylands Library on Friday, 22 May.

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:

Virtual Issue of 'The Library' Now Available

The Library is happy to announce the publication of its new annual 'Virtual Issues'. It comprises a retrospective gathering of key articles in a particular field that have appeared in the pages of The Library since the journal’s first appearance. These have been chosen by a guest editor, who has also supplied an editorial reflecting on the field, its history, and its prospects, here and beyond.

From College Library to Country House

14–18 September 2020

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