- Digital version of McKerrow's Printers' Devices
In collaboration with the Bibliographical Society, CERL (the Consortium of European Research Libraries ) has embarked on the digitisation of Ronald B. McKerrow's Printers' & Publishers' Devices in England & Scotland 1485-1640 (London, 1913) . The first results of this project are now available at http://www.kb.dk/elib/bhs/mckerrow/ .
The Bibliographical Society would like to join CERL in very warmly thanking the Royal Library in Copenhagen for undertaking to digitise McKerrow, create links between images and text, and for creating the indexes that will enable the CERL Thesaurus to link to this data. The Royal Library has most generously undertaken this work without charge as a contribution to the work of CERL
British Book Trade History Conference
The twenty-first annual British Book Trade History Conference will take place in Edinburgh University Library on 27-29 July. The three-day event will include a visit to Robert Smail's Printing Works, an historic property run under the auspices of the National Trust for Scotland, dinner in the 17th century George Heriot's School, and an
exhibition on the 18th century Scottish book trade. Details can be found at http://www.arts.ed.ac.uk/chb/booktrade.htm
- NEWLY PUBLISHED: Michael Perkin. A Directory of the Parochial Libraries of the Church of England and the Church in Wales.
London: The Bibliographical Society, 2004.
Buckram, royal octavo, 490 p., with 42 illustrations. ISBN: 0948170 13 1.
A directory of parochial libraries of the Church of England and the Church in Wales, past and present, founded up to c.1900, together with a broad sample of desk-libraries, accompanied by an updated historical introduction, tables by date and county, appendices of MS and printed documents, expanded catalogues of libraries, recommendations on care, and summaries of reports on parochial libraries to date. .
Michael Perkin, retired, was formerly Curator of Special Collections, Liverpool Univeristy Library, and has worked subsequently on a part-time basis in Reading University Library, Special Collections and Department of Typography; and on a voluntary basis in Winchester Cathedral Library; and on free-lance bibliographical and editorial work.
Price £30.00 to members of the Bibliographical Society.
Non-members must order from Oxford University Press or through any bookshop (price £60.00)
- The Ninth Annual D. F. McKenzie Lecture
Graham Shaw (Director, Asia Pacific & Africa Collections, The British Library): 'In or Out? - South Asia and a Global History of the Book'
Wednesday 28 April 2004, 5.00 PM, Lecture Theatre 2, St. Cross Building, Oxford. All are welcome to a drinks reception immediately following.
Dr. Shaw will also offer a seminar: 'Beware of archives!: Reconstructing South Asian book history from the India Office Records' on Thursday 29 April at 12 noon, History of the Book Room, St Cross Building, Oxford
- Seminar on Textual Bibliography for Modern Foreign Languages
Monday, 24 May 2004 at the British Library
- Gold Medal awarded to Professor Peter Davison
At the Society's Annual General Meeting, the President presented the Society's Gold Medal to Professor Peter Davison for his services to the Society and to bibliographical scholarship. The Society has regularly awarded Gold Medals since 1929. A full list of Gold Medallists can be found on the web site.
- In memory of Barry Bloomfield
Barry Bloomfield was President of the Society as we prepared for our centenary in 1992. One of his initiatives was the establishment of the Centenary Fund for which he worked tirelessly (and very effectively). Following Barry’s death in the summer of 2002, the Society voted to honour Barry by naming one of its bursaries after him. As a further tribute to Barry, the Society invites additional gifts to the Centenary Fund to support the Barry Bloomfield Memorial grant, thereby ensuring continuation of this fitting memorial. The Bloomfield grant will normally be awarded for research in one of the areas in which Barry was especially interested.
Barry Bloomfield was an outstanding President of the Society and a much-loved friend and colleague to many in the library and bibliographical worlds. I invite you to use the attached form to send a donation to the Society in his memory or to contact myself or the Hon. Treasurer.
An obituary of Barry Bloomfield appeared in the June 2003 issue of The Library (pp. 168–70).
- The Society's address
The Society has entered into an agreement with the Institute of English Studies in Senate House, University of London, to share office space and an administrative assistant with the Society.
The Society's address is now:
The Honorary Secretary
The Bibliographical Society
c/o Institute of English Studies
University of London
Senate House (Rm 304)
London WC1E 7HU