Book & Publishing History

 

ABC for Book Collectors (Intl. League of Antiquarian Booksellers, 2006)

Free pdf of 8th ed. (2006) of John Carter’s handbook, courtesy of Oak Knoll Press

 

Archives Relating to the Printing Industry in Scotland

Basic list compiled by the Scottish Printing and Archival Trust

 

Book History Online (Brill, 2006- )

Online continuation of the Annual Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries

 

Book Traces (NINES/U. of Virginia, 2014- )

Crowd-sourced archive of distinctive marginalia, inscriptions, and insertions by books’ original owners

 

Bookbindings (British Library, 2010)

22-page pdf on binding history, mechanics, and terminology from BL Preservation Advisory Centre

 

BBTI: British Book Trade Index (Bodleian Library, Oxford U., 2007- )

Biographical details for known pre-1851 workers in the English and Welsh book trades

 

British Fiction, 1800-1829 (CEIR, Cardiff U., 2011)

Garside et al. reception database with anecdotes, ads, reviews, library/subscriber logs for 2K+ Romantic novels

 

Database of Bookbindings (British Library, 1997- )

Searchable gallery of diverse bookbindings in the BL collections

 

Exeter Working Papers in Book History (U. of Exeter, 2014)

Bibliographical data on late 18c West Country publishers from 1970-98 paper series

 

Gravell Watermark Archive (U. of Delaware Library, 2011- )

Ongoing effort to digitize the 7,000+ watermarks in the Thomas L. Gravell Collection

 

Heritage of the Printed Book (CERL, 2014- )

Downloadable list of 6M+ known hand-press-era books in European and North American libraries

 

Literary Print Culture: Stationers’ Co. Archive (Adam Matthew, 2018)

Publication, membership, and financial records from Stationers’ Company archive, covering 1554 to 1984

 

London Book Trades Database (Oxford Bibliographical Soc., 2009- )

Michael L. Turner’s searchable database of 30K+ London book-trade workers from Caxton through 1830

 

19th-Century Books on Publishing, etc. (Chadwyck Healey, 1998)

Online catalog for microfiche series of 700 19c books on “Publishing, the Book Trade, and the Diffusion of Knowledge”

 

Paper Through Time (U. of Iowa Libraries, 2011)

Extensive, well-illustrated introduction to paper-making from 14c through 19c

 

RED: The Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945  (Open U., 2012)

Crowd-sourced archive featuring 30K+ records of British readers’ experiences

 

SAPPHIRE: Scottish Archive of Print & Publishing History Records (2013)

David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery’s archive of 19c/20c Scottish publishing

 

Scottish Book Trade Index (National Library of Scotland, 2000- )

Names, trades and addresses of Scottish book-trade workers through 1850 (English and Welsh in BBTI)

 

Scottish Decorative Bookbinding (National Library of Scotland, 2004)

Gallery of distinctive bindings from 1600 through 1810 in NLS’s collections

 

SouthHem: Books of Colonial Southern Hemisphere (UC Dublin, 2016- )

Catalogue of books by settlers and indigenous and mixed-race peoples in British-controlled Southern Hemisphere

 

The Spread of Scottish Printing (National Library of Scotland, 2008)

Multimedia history created for celebration of “500 Years of Scottish Printing”