News 2013


Summer Visit 2013

The Summer Visit for 2013 will be to Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, on Wednesday, 17 July at 12.00 p.m. Pippa Shirley, Head of Collection, and Rosamund Griffin, former Keeper of the Collection, will host the Society for a special visit in the libraries at Waddesdon. The visit will consist of admission to the house at noon, a break for light refreshment at 1.15 and time to see the gardens, and a private tour of the libraries and their highlights at 2.30.

The visit is open to all members of the Society, but numbers are limited. Those intending to come must notify the Hon. Secretary by post or e-mail not later than 10 July (by 1 July for group rail travel). Guests may be permitted if numbers allow, but preference will be given to members; places will be allocated as replies are received and confirmation will be sent. The Society will subsidise the visit but there will be a charge of £5 per person (to include admission to the house, a private tour of the libraries and light refreshments). Day return fares from London are £20.20 but if there is sufficient interest in group travel at the times below, the cost may be considerably less. Payment is required in advance.

For participants travelling by public transportation, the closest rail stations are Aylesbury Vale Parkway or Aylesbury, and trains from London leave from Marylebone Station. If numbers are sufficient, group rail tickets will be arranged for those travelling from Marylebone at 10.12, arriving at Aylesbury Vale Parkway at 11.20 and returning from Aylesbury Vale Parkway at 17.00 and arriving at Marylebone at 18.05. More detailed travel instructions will be circulated to those attending.

Waddesdon Manor is a superb Renaissance-style chateau built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art, including his extensive library of 17th and 18th-century books, often beautifully illustrated and sumptuously bound by the greatest craftsmen of the day for patrons ranging from Madame de Pompadour, Marie-Antoinette, Louis XIV and Louis XV, among others. There is also a small collection of illuminated manuscripts by Simon Bening. The Victorian garden is considered one of the finest in Britain, and in July the Rose Garden should be full bloom.

To reserve a place on the visit, please reply to, indicating whether or not you wish to travel as part of the group from Marylebone at 10.12, returning from Aylesbury Vale Parkway at 17.00.


Call for Nominations for the Society's Gold Medal

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. A Gold Medal sub-committee will be convened in June 2013 to consider nominations and make recommendations to Council for the next award of a Medal. All members of the Society are invited to submit nominations, which should be accompanied by a brief but detailed supporting text no longer than one side of A4, outlining the achievements of the person being nominated and a bibliography of his or her principal publications. No more than three names may be submitted by any one member.
Nominations and supporting text should be sent to arrive no later than 24 May 2013 to:
Margaret L. Ford, Hon. Secretary, The Bibliographical Society, c/o Institute of English Studies, Room 239, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU or


CERL Summer Schools

CERL is happy to announce that the first of three summer schools, organised within the CENDARI project, will take place in Florence this year from 22 nd to 26 th July. The summer school is entitled “Historical Sources and Transnational Approaches to European History.” It is aimed at students of both medieval and First World War history, as well as librarians and archivists with a research interest. Over the course of one week, we will invite participants to address specifically how CENDARI aims to resolve the difficulties of historical research through the application of digital technologies and methods.

Download the summer school poster [PDF, 6MB] or visit for more details, including the full programme and application forms.

A number of bursaries are available to assist with covering costs of attendance, and will be awarded on a competitive basis. The deadline for applications is 15 th April.

CERL is a partner in the CENDARI project, funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission. The summer school is co-funded by COST Action.


Archive Evening 2013: 'Exploring Archives'

Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers will host the 2013 Archive Evening: ‘Exploring Archives’ on Monday 15 April, 2013. See the flyer for further details [PDF, 864kb].


Council and the Publications sub-committee

Please note that we have had to change the date for the next meeting of Council and the Publications sub-committee from Tuesday, 18 June to Thursday, 20 June.
The meetings will still take place at the British Library (meet by the reception desk), with Publications commencing at 2.00 and Council at 3.30.


'Floreat Bibliomania – Great Collectors and their Grand Designs'

‘Tim' Munby was Fellow and Librarian at King's College, Cambridge, from 1947 to 1974, a President of the Bibliographical Society, and co-founder of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society. His name will be well-known to many readers of the The Library . He pioneered the historical study of British book-collecting, and was the author of Phillipps Studies , published in five volumes between 1951 and 1960, which provided the first comprehensive account of the bibliophiles and bookdealers of the nineteenth century. Other works included The Cult of the Autograph Letter in England (1962) and Connoisseurs and Medieval Miniatures, 1750–1850 (1972).

King's College will hold a two-day conference on 28-29 June 2013 to mark the centenary of his birth. The title of the conference is taken from one of Tim's own articles, “Floreat Bibliomania – Great Collectors and their Grand Designs.” This theme will provide an opportunity to map current and future developments in the study of collectors and collecting. A distinguished list of speakers includes Christopher de Hamel, Tony Edwards, Anthony Hobson, David McKitterick, David Pearson, and Toshiyuki Takamiya. There will also be visits to an exhibition on Munby at Cambridge University Library, and a guided tour of collectors and collecting at the Fitzwilliam Museum .

Programme details and booking form are available at


The Bibliographical Society seeks a new Hon. Editor of The Library

The Library is the internationally distributed and respected journal of the Bibliographical Society, the leading UK learned society for the study of the history of the book. The content scope of the journal is defined as "All aspects of descriptive, analytical, textual and historical bibliography, including the history of the production, distribution and reception of books, both manuscript and printed; the history of collecting and of libraries; paper, printing types, book illustration, and binding; and the transmission of texts and their authenticity". It is published quarterly and distributed to all members of the Society (ca.900, both private and institutional, worldwide), and to subscribers who do not have to be members. Each issue typically contains three or four full-length articles. Subscription is managed via Oxford University Press, which is responsible for the associated marketing, and also for making an electronic version of the journal available through its online services (OUP also maintain digitised backfiles of the journal back to its beginning in 1893). The journal is printed by Oblong Creative Ltd, near Wetherby, which does the design and layout work, and is responsible for posting it out to members. An Editorial Board, appointed by the Society's Council, comprises an international group of experts whose advice and support can be sought by the Editor when appropriate.

View further information about the Hon. Editor role [word doc. 16.9KB]. More information about the Society, and about The Library, is available from the links in the left-hand menu.

Candidates are requested to send a CV with covering letter to the Hon. Secretary ( by 7 January 2013; interviews are expected to take place in the second half of January 2013.


Electronic form watermarks

The Bibliographical Society has sponsored work on recording, identifying and making available in free, searchable, electronic form watermarks in Spanish and English incunabula.  This work has been incorporated in the Bernstein, Memory of Paper watermark database.  Links between the Bernstein watermark database and the Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue are being built.  Watermarks in Incunabula Printed in Espana (WIES) has been under the direction of Gerard van Thienen ( ), and Watermarks in Incunabula Printed in Great Britain has been compiled by Paul Needham and edited for the database by Gerard van Thienen.

Bernstein, Memory of Paper database of watermarks:


Change of Venue

The Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE, will be the new venue for the Bibliographical Society's monthly lectures, beginning in November 2012. Lectures will begin at 5.30, with tea served from 5.00.

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