News 2009-2010

Panizzi Lectures

The 2010 Panizzi lectures will be given by Professor James Raven on London Booksites. Places of Printing and Publication before 1800. The lectures will take place on 27 October, 3 Novemeber and 10 November, 2010 at 6.15pm in the Conference Centre of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB. Free Admission. Please note that these events are not ticketed and seats will be allocated on the night on a first come, first served basis.

For a poster click here [, 167KB]

Annual General Meeting

The Society's Annual General Meeting for 2010 will be held on Tuesday, 19 October at 5.30 at the Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH.

Members may bring guests, but they may not vote in any motion that may be put to the AGM.  In order to facilitate entry and to gauge numbers for catering, members intending to come are requested to notify the Hon. Secretary by email ( ) not later than 14 October.

Nominations for Council positions
At the Annual General Meeting on 19 October 2010 two Vice-Presidents and three Members of Council will be elected to the Council of the Society.  Please submit nominations, supported by a brief statement of support, to the Hon. Secretary ( ) in advance of the AGM, preferably by 1 September.


The programme of lectures is available to download from the following links:

LECTURE PROGRAMME [download word document, 48KB]
COMPETITION EXHIBITION [download word document, 23KB]

Further details from Julia Dummett and Rachel Ward-Sale: 01273 486718 Website:

Summer Visit

The Summer Visit for 2010 will be to Dulwich College Library, Dulwich Common, London
SE21 7LD, on Tuesday, 15 June, beginning at 2.15. Robert Weaver will introduce the Fellows’
Library, containing the College’s rare books, and Dr Calista Lucy, archivist, will introduce the
Henslowe-Alleyn papers. An exhibition of highlights of the collection will be displayed for the
Society, and tea will be served at the end of the visit.

Further information and application form [PDF, 98kb]

Major Grants awarded 2009/10

The Council of the Society agreed on 16 February 2010 to make the following awards:

Two Katharine F. Pantzer Jr Research Fellowships:

  • £3,200 to Professor Nile Green (‘The role of the iron handpress in the spread of Persian and other forms of Arabic-script printing, c.1800-1830’)
  • £3,880 to Dr R. Carter Hailey (‘Papers stocks of early modern professional dramatic manuscripts and printed books’).

Major Grants

  • £1,424 (the Fredson Bowers award, funded by this Society and the Bibliographical Society of America) to Dr Troy Bassett (‘Serialization of three-volume novels’)
  • £1,270 to Dr Victoria Gardner (‘James Montgomery and the newspaper trade, 1794-1825’)
  • £1,700 (the Antiquarian Booksellers Association award) to Dr Carrie Griffin & Dr Mary O’Connell (‘Charles Clark: reading, printing, antiquarianism’)
  • £2,000 (the Barry Bloomfield award) to Mr Stephen Lubell (‘Sixteenth-century Hebrew Type: the Le Bé specimens in the Bibliothèque Nationale’)
  • £480 (the Falconer Madan award) to Dr Veronica O’Mara (‘Critical edition of Thos. Wimbledon’s Paul’s Cross Sermon, c.1387’)
  • £2,000 to Dr Sydney Shep (‘Reading in the Boer War’)
Call for papers

Seminar on Textual Bibliography
Monday, 14 June 2010
Conference Centre, The British Library

We are seeking four or five papers of approx. 30 minutes each, one at 11.15 a.m. and the others after lunch, with ample time for discussion after each paper. Papers dealing with any aspect of printing and book production in Continental Eastern and Western Europe are warmly invited, as are papers dealing with other aspects of historical bibliography, editing, and the history of the book and reading. Papers giving an account of work in progress or offers to introduce discussion of bibliographical interest are a long-standing feature of the seminar.

Please let us know by the end of April if you are willing to give a paper.

We should be grateful if you would send us the names and addresses of potential new participants in the seminar, especially postgraduate students.

Barry Tayloropens window for sending email (tel: 020 7412 7576)
Susan Reedopens window for sending email (tel: 020 7412 7572)

Early Printed Collections
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB

Fax 020 7412 7577

PhD Studentship
The University of Leicester School of Historical Studies has just advertised a PhD Studentship in 18th Century Chapbooks, with the theme: "National Identity, Popular Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Chapbooks" [download pdf document,117.36KB] .
Annual General Meeting

Tuesday, 21 October 2009

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING at the TUC Library, Learning Centre, London Metropolitan University, 236-250 Holloway Road, London N7 6PP at 5.30. Chris Coates, Librarian, will introduce the TUC Library collections following the business of the meeting. The Society's Gold Medal will be presented Lotte Hellinga at the meeting on Tuesday, 17 November.


Designer Bookbinders - Lectures 2009- 2010
The programme of lectures is available to download. [download word document, 104KB] [download pdf document,15.8KB]

Further details from Julia Dummett and Rachel Ward-Sale: 01273 486718 Website: to external site.
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Call for Nominations

Three new members will be elected to serve a 4-year term on the Council of the Bibliographical Society at the Annual General Meeting in October 2009; candidates will be considered at the meeting of Council on 9 September.  Please submit nominations to the Hon. Secretaryopens window for sending email, preferably by 20 August. 

News The Bibliographical Society would like to congratulate Robin Myers who has been awarded an MBE in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List: "Miss Robin Myers, Archivist Emeritus of the Worshipful company of Stationers and Newspapers Makers. For services to bibliography and book history."
Gold Medal award 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. The Society's Gold Medal will be presented to Lotte Hellinga at the meeting on Tuesday, 17 November.
Grants Results of the Society's fifteenth competition for research grants have been announced. Details may be found here .

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