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).

G. Thomas Tanselle Awarded Society's Gold Medal

G. Thomas Tanselle has been chosen as the recipient of the Society’s 2015 Gold Medal.  A date for the presentation in London will be announced in due course.

Tickets to the Olympia Book Fair - Now Available

Bibliographical Society members are eligible to receive free tickets to the upcoming London International Antiquarian Book Fair at Olympia. One of the world’s largest and most prestigious rare book shows, it will take place in London’s beautiful Olympia National Hall between the 26th and 28th of May. Visitors can view and buy books, maps, prints, photographs, ephemera, and original artwork from more than 170 British and international dealers with a wide variety of specialities.

John Dee's Library Catalogue

A new file of Additions and Corrections has been created for the Catalogue of John Dee's Library:

Further contributions are invited.

Legacy Gifts to the Society

The Bibliographical Society welcomes bequests to support its work to promote the study of and research in historical, analytical, descriptive and textual bibliography.  The Society receives no support from public funds; legacy gifts and charitable donations will secure the future of the Society and enhance its activities.

Ligatus Research Centre (UAL) Announces 'Language of Bindings' Thesaurus

Bibliographical Society members may find of interest the 'Language of Bindings Thesaurus' now available on the Ligatus Research Centre website. The Thesaurus is a searchable work of ~1000 terms related to bookbinding and bookbinding structures.

For a press release about the project, please click here.

To search the Thesaurus, click here.