Society's Library

The Society's library is now available for consultation by members at the Albert Sloman Library at the University of Essex.

Publication launch: David Selwyn, Edmund Geste and his books

The Society's latest publication was launched on Thursday 28 September 2017 with a reception at Salisbury Cathedral hosted by the acting Dean and the Cathedral Archivist.

All members of the Society will have received copies of the book. 

For further information, see Edmund Geste and his books.


The Society's library has recently been moved from the University of London to the University of Essex where the books will soon be available for consultation again. Please note that the move of the library means that members of the Society can no longer gain access to Senate House Library by producing a signed copy of the Society's programme card. 


The Society's Annual General Meeting will be held at The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.

The Library Christmas 2016 Virtual Edition

Our next Virtual Issue is up and running: an editorial and nine articles on 'The Library On Shakespeare', guest-edited by Eric Rasmussen.

English Book Owners in the Seventeenth Century

David Pearson has submitted a new update for his list of English Book Owners in the Seventeenth Century.



Mania and Imagination: Perils and pleasures of the private collector

The Society would like to bring to the attention of the membership the following conference:

Mania and Imagination: Perils and pleasures of the private collector, present and future

The conference will take place at King's College, Cambridge 18-19 June 2016. More information is available online at:


Another book from John Dee's library

Elizabeth Quarmby Lawrence has reported a newly discovered item from John Dee's library: a copy of Hector Boece, Scotorum historiae a prima gentis origine, Paris, 1574, in Edinburgh University Library.

See the full in the new list of additions and corrections to Julian Roberts and Andrew Watson, John Dee's Library Catalogue (Bibliographical Society, 1990):

Book owned by John Dee in the Herzen Library, Kirov

Another new item has been reported from the Herzen Library in Kirov, Russia, for the supplemental list of books owned by John Dee.


Residential Scholarships for PhD/Post-Doc Scholars at Vittore Branca Center (Venice)

The “Vittore Branca” International Center for the Study of Italian Culture offers two different types of residential scholarships to scholars wishing to spend a research period in Venice between May 2016 and May 2017: 6 months (PhD) and 3 months (post-doc).