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.

The Library : Virtual issue on bookbinding

Guest Edited by Mirjam M.Foot

Bowyer Ledgers online

The Society is pleased to announce that  Keith Maslen and 

Edmund Geste – digitised provenance images

An updated version of the Index of provenances and former owners from David Selwyn's Edmund Geste and his books (Bibliographical Society, 2017) is now available online at

Information about the publication of the book can be seen at Edmund Geste and his books.

Ad-hoc Funding Requests

The Bibliographical Society will exceptionally consider requests for ad hoc funding to support projects that are related to bibliography.

Applications will be considered as soon as possible by Council after they have been received.

Click here for further details.

English book owners in the seventeenth century

A new version of David Pearson's English book owners in the seventeenth century has been uploaded.

Change of venue for Randeria Lecture

Please note that the Randeria Lecture on Tuesday 15 May 2018 will take place at the British Library, not the Society of Antiquaries.

New virtual issue of The Library

The Post-Dissolution Wandering of Books from England’s Medieval Libraries. 

Guest-edited by James Carley

The Library is happy to announce the fourth of its annual 'Virtual Issues' which focuses on the Post-Dissolution Wandering of Books from England’s Medieval Libraries. The articles presented are free to download until the end of March 2018.