Robin Alston, “History of the Book” : MA Degree Course at London University [2000]


Bibliography & Textual Criticism

  • Balsamo, Luigi, Bibliography: History of a Tradition (Berkeley, Ca., B.M. Rosenthal, 1990).
  • Bowers, Fredson, Bibliography and Textual Criticism (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964).
  • Bowers, Fredson, Essays in Bibliography, Text, and Editing (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1975).
  • Davison, P. (ed.), The Book Encompassed: Studies in Twentieth Century Bibliography (Cambridge: University Press, 1992).
  • Gaskell, Philip, A New Introduction to Bibliography (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972).
  • Gaskell, Philip, From Writer to Reader (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1978).
  • Greetham, D. C., Textual Scholarship: an Introduction (London and New York: Garland Publishing Co., 1992).
  • Hellinga, Lotte, ‘Editing texts in the fifteenth century’, New Directions in Textual Studies, ed. D. Oliphant & R. Bradford (Austin, Texas, 1990), pp. 126-49.
  • McGann, J. J., A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1983).
  • McKenzie, D. F., The Panizzi Lectures, 1985: Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts (London: British Library, 1986).
  • Tanselle, G. T., A Rationale of Textual Criticism (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989).

Books and Society

  • Barker, Nicolas, (ed.), A Potencie of Life: Books in Society: The Clark Lectures 1986-1987 (London: British Library, 1993).
  • Carpenter, K. E. (ed.), Books and Society in History. Papers of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscript Pre-conference, 24-28 June 1980 (New York & London: Bowker, 1983).
  • Chartier, R. (ed.), The Culture of Print: Power and the Uses of Print in Early Modern Europe, trans. L.G. Cochrane (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989).
  • Darnton, R., The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History (London: Faber and Faber, 1990).
  • Eisenstein, E. L., The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge: University Press, 1991).
  • Febvre, L. and H.-J. Martin, The Coming of the Book: the Impact of Printing 1450-1800), trans. D. Gerard (London and New York: Verso, 1990).
  • Grafton, A.T., ‘The importance of being printed’, Journal of Interdisciplinary History 11 (1980), 256-86.
  • Martin, Henri-Jean, The History and Power of Writing, trans. L.G. Cochrane (Chicago & London: Chicago University Press, 1994).
  • Willison, I. R., ‘Remarks on the history of the book in Britain as a field of study within the Humanities’, Library Chronicle of the University of Texas, 21:3-4 (1991), 95-147.

Books and Readers
  • Bennett, H. S. English Books and Readers 1475-1557 (Cambridge: University Press, 1952).
  • Bennett, H. S., English Books and Readers 1558-1557 (Cambridge Upiversity Press 1965).
  • Lough, J., Writer and Public in France from the Middle Ages to the Present Day (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978).

History of Publishing
  • Darnton, R., The Business of Enlightenment: a Publishing History of the Encyclopde’die 1775-1800 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1979).
  • Hirsch, R., Printing, Selling and Reading 1450-1550 (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1974).

Authors, Publishers & Textual Theory (1880- )
  • Barker, N., ‘Intentionality and Reception Theory’, in Barker, N. (ed.), A Potencie of Life: Books in Society: The Clark Lectures 1986-1987 (1993), pp. 195-202.
  • Barthes, R., ‘The Death of the Author’ (1968), reprinted from Image-Music-Text, ed. and translated by S. Heath (London: Fontana, 1979) in D. Lodge (ed.) Modern Criticism and Theory (London & New York: Longman, 1988), pp. 167-172.
  • Bowers, F., ‘Some Principles for Scholarly Editions of Nineteenth-Century American Authors’, Studies in Bibliography 17, 1964, 223-28.
  • Bowers, F., ‘Unfinished Business: the Presidential Addresss to Soceity for Textual Scholarship’, 26 April, 1985’ Text 4 (1988), 1-12.
  • Bowers, F., ‘Authorial Intentions and Editorial Problems’, Text 5 (1991), p.49-62.
  • Burke, S., The Death and Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1992).
  • Foucault, M., ‘What is an Author?’ (1969) trans. J. V. Harari (1979) reprinted in D. Lodge (ed.) Modern Criticism and Theory (London & New York: Longman, 1988), pp. 197-210.
  • Gottesman, R., and S. Bennett, Art and Error: Modern Textual Editing (London: Methuen & Co, 1970).
  • Greg, W. W., ‘The rationale of copytext’ (1949) in Collected Papers, ed. J. C. Maxwell (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966), pp.374-391.
  • Hay, L., ‘Le texte n’existe pas: Re’flexions sur la critique ge’ne’tique’, Poe’tique 62 (1985), pp. 147-58, also translated as ‘Does text exist?’, Studies in Bibliography 41 (1988), 64-75.
  • Housman, A. E., ‘The application of thought to textual criticism’, Proceedings of the Classical Association XVIII (1921), 67-84.
  • McGann, J. J., The Textual Condition (Princeton: University Press, 1991).
  • McGann, J. J., ed., Textual Criticism and Literary Interpretation (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1985)
  • Oliphant, D. and R. Bradford (eds.), New Directions in Textual Studies (Austin: Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, 1990). Special issue of Library Chronicle of the University of Texas, 20:1-2.
  • Parker, H., Flawed Texts and Literary Icons: Literary Authority in American Fiction (Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 1984).
  • Sutherland, J. A., Fiction and the Fiction Industry (London: Athlone, 1978).
  • Sutherland, J. A., ‘Publishing history: a hole at the centre of literary sociology’, in P. Desan, P. P. Ferguson and W. Griswold (eds.), Literature and Social Practice (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1989).
  • Tanselle, G. T., Textual Criticism since Greg: A Chronicle, 1950-1985 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virgina, 1987)
  • Warren, M., ‘The theatricalization of text: Beckett, Jonson, Shakespeare’ in Oliphant, Dave, and R. Bradford (eds.), New Directions in Textual Studies (1990), 39-60.
  • Willison, I. R., ‘Editorial Theory and Practice and the History of the Book’ in Oliphant, Dave, and R. Bradford (eds.), New Directions in Textual Studies (1990), 111-25.
  • Willison, I. R., ‘The Histroy of the Book in Twentieth-Century Britain and America: Perspective and Evidence’, Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, 102:2 (1993), 353-77.
  • Warren, M., ‘The theatricalization of text: Beckett, Jonson, Shakespeare’ in Oliphant, Dave, and R. Bradford (eds.), New Directions in Textual Studies (1990), 39-60.
  • Willison, I. R., ‘Editorial Theory and Practice and the History of the Book’ in Oliphant, Dave, and R. Bradford (eds.), New Directions in Textual Studies (1990), 111-25.
  • Willison, I. R., The History of the Book in Twentieth-Century Britain and and America: Perspective and Evidence’ Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, 102:2 (1993), 353-77.

The Serial and the Book: Introductory bibliography

  • Altick, R., The Common Reader (Chicago: University Press, 1957).
  • Ballaster, R., M. Beetham et al. (eds.), Women’s Worlds (London: Macmillan, 1991).
  • Benjamin, W., Illuminations (London: Jonathan Cape, 1970).
  • Bond, R. P., Studies in the Early English Periodical (Chapel Hill: North Carolina University Press, 1957).
  • Brake, L., Subjugated Knowledges (London: Macmillan, 1994).
  • Brake, L., A. Jones and L. Madden (eds.), Investigating Victorian Journalism (London: Macmillan, 1990).
  • Brown, L., Victorian News and Newspapers (Oxford: University Press, 1985).
  • Chartier, R., Cultural History: between Practices and Representations (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1988).
  • Cranfield, G. A., The Development of the Provincial Newspaper (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1962).
  • Downie, J. A., Robert Harley and the Press: Propaganda and Public Opinion in the Age of Swift and Defoe (Cambridge: University Press, 1979).
  • Downie, J. A. and T. N. Corns (eds.), Telling People what to Think: Early Eighteenth Century Periodicals (New York: Frank Cass, 1993).
  • Flint, K., The Female Reader (Oxford: University Press, 1993).
  • Habermas, J., The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1989).
  • Haig, R. L., The Gazetteer (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1960).
  • Hanson, L., Government and the Press, 1695-1763 (Oxford: University Press, 1967).
  • Harris, M., London Newspapers in the Age of Walpole (London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1987).
  • Harris, M. and A. J. Lee (eds.), The Press in English Society (London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1986).
  • James, L., Print and the People (London: Allen Lane, 1976).
  • Klancher, J., The Making of English Reading Audiences (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1987).
  • Lee, A. J., The Origins of the Popular Press (London: Croom Helm, 1976).
  • Myers, R. and M. Harris (eds.), Serials and their Readers (Winchester: St. Paul’s Bibliographies, 1993).
  • Myers, R. and M. Harris (eds.), Spreading the Word: the distribution Networks of Print 1550-1850 (Winchester: St. Paul’s Bibliographies, 1990).
  • Shattock, J. and M. Wolff (eds.), The Victorian Periodical Press: Samplings and Soundings (Leicester: University Press, 1982).
  • Shevelow, K., Women and Print Culture (London: Routledge, 1989).
  • Taylor, R. C., Goldsmith as Journalist (London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1993).
  • Tierney, J., The Correspondence of Robert Dodsley, 1764-1773 (Cambridge: University Press, 1988).
  • Vann, J. D. and R. T. Van Arsdel, Victorian Periodicals and Victorian Society (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1993).
  • Wiles, R. M., Serial Publication in England before 1750 (Cambridge: University Press, 1957).

The Medieval Book: Introductory bibliography
  • Backhouse, J., Books of Hours (London, British Library, 1985).
  • Battaillon, L. and B. Guyot, La Production du Livre Universitaire du Moyen Age, Actes du Symposium tenu au Collegio San Bonaventura de Grottaferrata en Mai 1983 (Paris: Editions du Centre Nationale de la Re’cherche Scientifique, 1988).
  • Bennett, H. S., ‘The production and dissemination of vernacular manuscripts in the fifteenth century’, The Library, 5th ser., I (1947), 167-78.
  • Brown, M. P., Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1991).
  • Brownrigg, L. L., Seminar in the History of the Book to 1500: Assessing the Evidence (Los Altos Hills: Red Gull Press, 1990).
  • Clancy, M. T., From Memory to Written Record: England 1066-1307 (Cambridge, Mass. and Oxford: B.H. Blackwell, 1993).
  • Doyle, A. I. and M. B. Parkes (eds.), ‘The production of copies of the Canterbury Tales and the Confessio Amantis in the early fifteenth century’, Medieval Scribes, Manuscripts and Libraries (London: Scolar Press, 1978), 168-210.
  • Griffiths, J. and D. Pearsall, Book Production and Publishing in Britain 1375-1475 (Cambridge: University Press, 1989).
  • Grundmann, H., ‘Literatus-illiteratus’, Archiv fur Kulturgeschichte, 40 (1958), 1-65.
  • Hamel C. F. R. de, Glossed Books of the Bible and the Origins of the Paris Book Trade (Woodbridge: D.S. Brewer, 1984).
  • Hamel C. F. R. de, A History of Illuminated Manuscripts (Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1986).
  • Hamel C. F. R. de, Medieveal Craftsmen: Scribes and Illuminators (London: British Library, 1992).
  • Lapidge, M. and H. Gneuss (eds.), Learning and Literature in Anglo-Saxon England: Studies presented to Peter Clemoes (Cambridge: University Press, 1985).
  • Leclercq, J., The Love of Learning and the Desire for God: a Study of Monastic Culture (New York: Fordham University Press, 1982).
  • Mare, A. C. de la, Duke Humfrey’s Library and the Divinity School 1488-1988 (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1988).
  • Mare, A. C. de la, and R. W. Hunt, Duke Humfrey and English Humanism in the Fifteenth Century (Oxford: Bodleian Library, 1970).
  • Parkes, M. B., ‘The provision of books’, The History of the University of Oxford, ii, Late Medieval Oxford, ed. J. L. Catto (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992), 407-83.
  • Reynolds, L. D. and N. G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars: a Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991).
  • Scattergood, V. J. and J. W. Sherborne, English Court Culture in the Later Middle Ages (London: Duckworth & Co., 1983).
  • Scott, K. L., ‘A fifteenth-century English illuminating shop and its customers’, Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, 31 (1986), 170-96.


  • Brown, M. O., A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (London: British Library, 1990).
  • Hunt, R. W., ‘Palaeography’, Chambers’s Encyclopaedia, x (Oxford: Pergamon Press, 1967), 379-80.
  • Lowe, E. A., Handwriting: our Medieval Legacy (Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 1969).
  • Parkes, M. B., English Cursive Book Hands, 1250-1500 (London: Scolar Press, 1979).
  • Preston, J. F. and L. Yeandle, English Handwriting 1400-1650: an Introductory Manual (Binghamton, N.Y.: Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 1992).


  • Ivy, G. S., ‘The bibliography of the manuscript book’, The English Library before 1700, ed. F. Wormald and C. E. Wright (London: Athlone Press, 1958), 32-65.
  • Roberts, C. H., The Birth of the Codex (London: British Academy, 1983).
  • Robinson, P. R., ‘The booklet: a self-contained unit in composite manuscripts’, Codicologia, ed. A. Gruys, 3 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1980), 46-69.

Layout and decoration

  • Alexander, J. J. G., The Decorated Letter (London: Thames and Hudson, 1978).
  • Alexander, J. J. G., The Decorated Letter (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992).
  • Alexander, J. J. G., ed., Survey of Manuscripts Illuminated in the British Isles (London: Harvey Miller 1975- [in progress]).
  • Parkes, M. B., Pause and Effect: an Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1992).
  • Scribes, Scripts and Readers: Studies in the Communication, Presentation and Dissemination of Medieval Texts (London: Hambledon Press, 1991).


  • Nixon, H. M., The History of Decorated Bookbinding in England (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1992).
  • Pollard, G., ‘Some Anglo-Saxon bookbindings’, The Book Collector, 24 (1975), 130-59.
  • Pollard, G., The Construction of English Twelth-Century Bindings’, The Library [5th ser.], 17 (1962), 1-22.
  • Pollard, G., ‘Describing medieval Bookbindings’, in J. Alexander and M. T. Gibson (eds.), Learning and Literature: Essays presented to R. W. Hunt (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1976), 50-65.

The Electronic Book: Introduction bibliograph

  • Association of Research Libraries, Scholarly Publishing on the Electronic Networks: the New Generation (Washington: Association of Research Libraries, 1993).
  • Bryan, M., SGML: an Author’s Guide to the Standard Generalized Markup Language (Wokingham: Addison-Wesley, 1988).
  • Feldman, T., The Emergence of the Electronic Book (London: British Library, 1990).
  • Feldman, T., Further Developments of the Electronic Book (London: British National Bibliography Research Fund, 1991).
  • Gilster, P., The Internet Navigator (Chichester: John Wiley, 1993).
  • Hirshon, A., After the Electronic Revolution (Chicago: American Library Association, 1993).
  • Hopman, C., The Book of Future Change: Living in Balance in the Electronic Age (London: Insitute for Social Inventions, 1988).
  • International Essen Symposium, Libraries and Electronic Publishing (Essen: Universitaetsbibliothek, 1992).
  • McKnight, C., Hypertext in Context (Cambridge: University Press, 1991).
  • Ressler, S., Perspectives on Electronic Publishing (Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1993).
  • Smith, J. N., SGML: the User’s Guide to ISO 8879 (Chichester: Ellis Horwood, 1988).
  • Spring, M. B., Electronic Printing and Publishing: the Document Processing Revolution (New York: M. Dekker, 1991).

Text & Image: Introductory bibliography:

The Livre d’Artiste
  • The Artist’s Book: the Text and its Rivals (ed. R. Riese Hubert), Visible Language 25 2/3 (1991)
  • Bland, D., The Illustration of Books (London: Faber and Faber, 1951).
  • Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Artist and the Book 1860-1960 in Western Europe and the United States (Boston: Museum of Fine Art, 1961).
  • Castleman, R., A Century of Artists Books (New York, 1994).
  • Cave, R., The Private Press (London, 1983).
  • Chapon, F., Le Peintre et le Livre (Paris: Flammarion, 1987).
  • Compton, S. P., The World Backwards: Russian Futurist Books 1912-1916 (London: British Library, 1978).
  • Drucker, J., The Century of Artists’ Books (New York: Granary Books, 1995).
  • Goldman, P., Victorian Illustrated Books 1850-1870 (London: British Museum, 1994).
  • Harthan, J., The History of the Illustrated Book. The Western Tradition (London: Thames and Hudson, 1981).
  • Hogben, C. and R. Watson (eds.), From Manet to Hockney. Modern Artists’ Illustrated Books (London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1985).
  • Horodisch, A., Picasso as a Book Artist (London: Faber and Faber, 1963).
  • Johnson, U., Ambroise Vollard Editeur (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1977).
  • Lewis, J., The Twentieth Century Book (London: Studio Vista, 1967).
  • Lyons, J. (ed.), Artists’ Books. A Critical Anthology and Source-book (Layton: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1985).
  • McLean, R., Victorian Book Design and Colour Printing (London: 1972).
  • Martin, H.-J. & R. Chartier, Histoire del l’Edition Francaise, III-IV (Paris: Promodis, 1985).
  • Melot, M., L’Illustration: Histoire d’un Art (Geneva: Skira, 1984).
  • Modern Painters and Sculptors as Illustrators (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1947).
  • Muir, P., Victorian Illustrated Books (London: 1971).
  • Skira, A., Anthologie du Livre Illustre’ par les Peintres et Sculpteurs de l’Ecole de Paris (Geneva: Skira, 1946).
  • Strachan, W. J., The Artist and the Book in France: the Twentieth Century Livre d’Artiste (London: Peter Owen, 1969).
  • Turner, S. and I. Tyson, British Artists’ Books 1970-1983 (London: Lund Humphries, 1984)

Twentieth century art publishing

  • Craker, T., Opening Accounts and Closing Memories. Thirty Years with Thames and Hudson (London: Thames and Hudson, 1985).
  • Halliday, N. V., More than a Bookshop: Zwemmer’s and Art in the Twentieth Century (London: Philip Wilson, 1991).
  • Haskell, F., The Painful Birth of the Art Book (London: Thames and Hudson, 1987).
  • Hubert, R. R., Surrealism and the Book (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988).
  • Jones, L. L., Fifty Penguin Years (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985).
  • Phaidon Jubilee Catalogue 1923-1973 (London: Phaidon, 1973).

The Western Book: Introductory Bibliography

  • Clapperton, R. H., Paper: An Historical Account of its Making by Hand from the Earliest Times down to the Present Day (Oxford: Shakespeare Heada Press 1934)
  • Collins, T., and Milner, D., ‘A New Chronology of Papermaking Technology’, the Pater Conservator, 14 (1990), 58-61.
  • Hills, R. L., Papermaking in Britain, 1488-1988: A Short History (London: Athlone Press 1988).
  • Hunter, D., Papermaking: The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft, 2nd edn. (London: Pleiades Books 1957).
  • Hunter, D., The Literature of Papermakaing, 1290-1800 (New York: Burt Franklin 1925).
  • Maniaci, M., and Munaro, P. F., (eds.), Ancient and Medieval Book Materiala dn
  • Techniques: Erice. 18-25 September 1992 (Citta del Vaticano: Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana 1993).
  • Reed, R., Ancient Skins, Parchments and Leathers (London: Seminar Press 1972).
  • Reed, R., The Nature and Making of Parchment (Leeds: Elmete Press 1975).


  • Burdett, E. The Craft of Bookbinding: a Practical Handbook (Newton Abbot: David & Charles 1975).
  • Carter, J., Binding Variants in English Publishing: 1820-1900 (London: Constable 1932).
  • Marshall, V. C., The Development of Bookbinding Structures in the Early Middle Ages (University of London PhD Thesis 1993).
  • Middleton, B. C., A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique (New York: Hafner 1963).
  • Nixon, H. M., The Development of Certain Styles of Bookbinding (London: Private Libraries Association 1963).
  • Pollard, G., ‘Changes in the Style of Bookbinding, 1550-1830’, The Library, 11, June 1956.
  • Pollard, G., Early Bookbinding Manterials: an annotated List of Technical Accounts of Bookbinding to 1840 (Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1984).
  • Regemorter, R. van. Binding Str~chwres in the Middle Ages, tr. by J. Greenfield (Brussels: Bibliotheca Wittockiana; London: Maggs, 1992).
  • Roberts, C.H., The Birth of the Codex (London: British Academy, 1983).


  • Banks, P. N., A Selective Bibliography on the Conservation of Research Library Materials (Chicago: Newberry Library, 1981).
  • British Standards Institution. British Standard Recommendations for Storage and Exhibition of Archival Documents (London: B.S.I., 1989).
  • Clarkson, C., ‘The Conservation of early Books in Codex Form: a personal Approach’, The Paper Conservator, 3 (1978), 33-50.
  • Cunha, G. M., ‘Tripartite Concept of Conservation’, in Morrison, Cunha & Tucker (eds), Conservation Administration (North Andover: New England Document Conservation Center, 1975).
  • Depew, J. N., A Library, Media, and Archival Preservation Handbook (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 1991).
  • Foot, M., ‘The Binding Historian and the Book Conservator’, The Paper Conservator, 8 (1984), 77-83.
  • Gwinn, N. E., Preservation Microfilming: a Gstide for Librarians and Archivists (Chicago: American Library Association, 1987).
  • Middleton, B. C., The Restoration of Leather Bindings (London: Adamantine Press, 1984).
  • Roberts, M. T. & Etherington, D., Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of descriptive Terminology (Washington: Library of Congress, 1982).
  • Thomson, G., The Museum Environment (London: Butterworths, 1986).
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