List of Resources
The list is arranged alphabetically, by author.
Melissa Conway, Lisa Fagin Davis, “Directory of Institutions in the United States and Canada with Pre-1600 Manuscripts,” 2008; updates: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015.
This Directory is the first part of a continuation of the Census of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the United States and Canada by de Ricci and Wilson, published in 1935 and 1937, and its 1962 Supplement. The present Directory details, when known, the current location of the collections listed in the original Census and Supplement and identifies an additional 281 North American repositories of pre-1600 European manuscripts in Western languages that were not included in the earlier works. For all 475 North American repositories, this Directory provides updated contact data and general information on pre-1600 manuscript holdings. Following the organizational scheme of the original Census and Supplement, entries are organized alphabetically by state and city, with public collections listed first for each city, followed by private.
Lenore Coral, “British Book Auction Catalogues 1801-1900: A Preliminary Version of Munby-Coral 2,” 2014; update: 2016.
This is a union list of more than 17,500 British book auction catalogues covering the years 1801-1900, and is a continuation of British Book Sale Catalogues, 1676-1800, compiled by A.N.L. Munby and Lenore Coral and published in 1977. Coral died in 2005 leaving the present continuation unfinished. Questions about the Munby-Coral BibSite contribution may be directed to Annette Fern, who has edited the document and made it available on BibSite. Users are invited to submit additional items to the BSA by email to email@example.com. The original project materials reside at the Library of the Grolier Club; its librarian may be consulted about specific records represented in this online version.
Simon Eliot, “‘What Price Poetry?’ Pricing Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Longfellow in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” 2007.
This chart (with introduction) shows the pricing of Wordsworth’s, Tennyson’s and Longfellow’s poetry in the nineteenth century U.K. market: the frequency with which selections or collections of these poets’ works occur at certain prices over the period 1801-1905. An introductory section discusses aspects of the study of pricing of nineteenth-century poetry and outlines how poetry “represented a curiously diverse, uncertain, tricky area for British publishing.” (Note: This list is a complement to Prof. Eliot’s article, “’What Price Poetry?’ Pricing Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Longfellow in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Britain,” which appeared in the Dec. 2006 issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (vol.100, #4)
Jack W. C. Hagstrom, “Alfred A. Knopf’s Borzoi Devices,” 2005.
An article discussing the Borzoi printer’s devices used by Knopf publishers, acompanied by a illustrated listing showing the many variations on the device through the years. The article provides context on the Knopf’s use of Borzoi devices, while the illustrated list presents reproductions of the Borzoi devices themselves, grouped by category: solid, outline, round, square, ornamented, specialty, anniversary.
Oliver Lei Han, “Sources & Early Printing History of Chairman Mao’s Quotations,” 2003.
This article on the textual history, first printings, and early binding varients of the first several editions of the “Little Red Book” discusses textual variations in the first three Chinese editions, as well as early editions in English and other languages. It is supplemented by brief bibliographical citations for the first five volumes, as well as a number of illustrations showing printing details, wrappers, and errata notes. (An earlier, abridged version appeared in Antiquarian Book Review.)
Rumiko Handa, “Treatises Cited in The Most Notable Antiquity,” 2006.
A list of treatises cited in The Most Notable Antiquity of Great Britain, Vulgarly Called Stone-Heng, on Salisbury Plain, Restored by Inigo Jones (London, 1655). This list includes authors and titles of the treatises, as well as listing pages in the 1655 and the 1725 editions on which the citations appear. Information on editions in Latin, Italian, and English published before The Most Notable Antiquity appeared in 1655 is also included. (Note: This list is a complement to Prof. Handa’s article, “Authorship of The Most Notable Antiquity (1655): Inigo Jones and Early Printed Books,” which appeared in the Sept. 2006 issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (100:3).
T.H. Howard-Hill, “Supplement to Published Volumes of the Index to British Literary Bibliography,” 2004.
This supplement provides additions or corrections to previously published volumes of the Index to British Literary Bibliography. Most of this material was identified during the preparation of the intended vol. 3, “British Books and the Book Trade to 1890: A Bibliography” (Oxford: Clarendon Press), now to be published as The British Book Trade, 1475-1890: A Bibliography (London: British Library, 2007. 3 vols. + CD-ROM Index). This Supplement will later incorporate over 1,500 additional items, in 2008. The Supplement has been compiled and is presented online as if it were a separately-published volume of the Bibliography.
Scott Husby, “Bookbindings on Incunables in American Libraries: An Illustrated Census,” 2007; updates: 2008, 2009.
This illustrated census was originally begun at Princeton University as an effort to identify bindings on fifteenth-century printed books in Firestone Library. A number of other library collections have since been added to the database. For each library, every incunable binding has been included in the census. This makes it possible to identify later significant bindings and can further contribute to our understanding of rebinding practices, incunable collecting, and the history of libraries. This online version represents a selection of bindings from the census; others will be added as time and resources permit.
Maura Ives, “Bibliography of Jean Ingelow’s Contributions to the Youth’s Magazine, 1851-1858,” 2008; update: 2011.
A complement to Prof. Ives essay in the June, 2008 issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (vol. 102, #2), this bibliography is meant to assist scholars in tracing the publication history of Jean Ingelow in the Youth’s Magazine, the first successful British children’s periodical. The first part provides an enumerative list of Ingelow’s publications in the Youth’s Magazine; the second part lists collected and separate reprintings of Ingelow’s Youth’s Magazine fiction through 1900.
MacD. P. Jackson, “Appendix to “The Authorship of A Lover’s Complaint: A New Approach to the Problem”,” 2008.
In “The Authorship of A Lover’s Complaint: A New Approach to the Problem” in the Sept., 2008 issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America (vol. 102, #3), Prof. Jackson uses data on rare spellings to attribute A Lover’s Complaint to Shakespeare. His article is a response to Brian Vickers’s Shakespeare, “A Lover’s Complaint”, and John Davies of Hereford (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which argues that the poem was written by John Davies of Hereford. In this appendix to Jackson’s article, he compares Complaint with a sample from John Davies’s Humour’s Heaven on Earth.
Craig Kallendorf, “Additions and Corrections to Craig Kallendorf’s A Bibliography of the Early Printed Editions of Virgil, 1469-1850,” 2014; updates: 2015, 2016, 2017.
A supplement to the bibliography first published in 2012 by Oak Knoll Press of New Castle, Delaware which work serves as a short-title catalogue of more than 5000 early printed editions of the Roman poet Virgil, from the first edition in 1469 up to and including books published in 1850. Each entry contains information on the printer and place of publication, the names of any translators, editors, and commentators, and an indication of where a copy of the book may be found.
Michael Laird, Paul Needham, “Unofficial Index to Ilse Schunke’s Die Schwenke-Sammlung,” 2003.
An unofficial computer-generated index to Ilse Schunke’s Schwenke-Sammlung, a vast archive of rubbings of gothic bookbindings collected by Paul Schwenke (now preserved at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin); the index lists all the tools appearing in the Schwenke-Sammlung, arranged by workshop. An additional section lists the workshops represented in the Schwenke-Sammlung.
James E. May, “Bibliography of Studies of Eighteenth-Century Journalism, the Periodical Press, and Serial Publications in 1985-2015,” 2003; updates: 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017.
This bibliography surveys scholarship published from 1985 to 2016 on journalism, diverse serials (including almanacs and calendars), and the periodical press throughout Europe and the Americas during the “long eighteenth century,” approximately 1660–1820. It is most inclusive for the years 1990–2014, in consequence of my compiling for those years Section 1—”Printing and Bibliographical Studies”—of the ECCB: Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography, until recently known as The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography). It focuses on printed scholarship regarding Europe and the Americas, but many electronic publications have been included. Dissertations and book reviews are included. A 2015 revision corrected some errors and expanded it from 152 to 184 pages; revisions in February 2016 to 211 pages, particularly increasing the coverage of newspapers and periodicals in Dutch and Spanish. Then in January 2017 six pages were added in another update.
James E. May, “Studies of Authorship in the Long Eighteenth-Century, c.1985–2016,” 2007; updates: 2008, 2010, 2017.
This bibliography covers that a broad spectrum of sources and studies that are associated with “authorship,” both individual authors and authors as a group, in Europe and the Americas, for the period 1660–1800+ (I pursue eighteenth-century authors into the nineteenth century but neglect “Romantic” authors of the nineteenth century). “Authors” is rather inclusively defined here, including some writing history, medicine, music, science, and other non-literary fields, thus including writers who did not think of themselves as authors. The bibliography covers the more distinct categories of attribution; anonymity and pseudonyms; autographs and manuscripts (and thus some studies involving handwriting); collaborations and conflicts between authors (literary exchanges between contemporary living authors); composition, adaptation, editing, and revision (that is, the writer at work and texts with authorial intention); copyright and literary property; correspondence and such autobiographical texts as journals and memoirs; fraudulent practices and plagiarism; earnings and profits, and thus patronage, relations with publishers, and subscriptions.
James E. May, “Recent Studies on Books Printed 1660–1820 as Physical Objects: Including Binding, Paper and Papermaking, Printing, & Typography, 1985–2015,” 2003; updates: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2016.
This bibliography surveys scholarship published from 1985 to 2015 concerning the physical features of printed materials produced c. 1660–1820. It is most inclusive for the years 1990–2014, in consequence of my compiling studies of that period for Section 1—”Printing and Bibliographical Studies”—of ECCB: Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography. A 2015 revision corrects and adds entries to the previous version of this bibliography (2010), expanding it from 74 to 112 pages. Included are studies of the physical features of particular books, editions and issues, such as bindings, paper, and type (as well as studies of the general period’s bindings, paper, type, typographical design, presses and presswork). Also included are studies of bookbinding, papermaking and typefounding as arts and studies of materials of production, as printing presses.
James E. May, “Recent Studies of 18th-Century Book Illustration and Engraving, including Cartography, Mainly 1985–2016,” 2003; updates: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2015, 2017.
This bibliography surveys scholarship published between 1985–2016 on engraving, including illustrations, prints, and emblems, as well as cartography, during the long eighteenth century (roughly 1650–1820). The focus is on Europe and the Americas, but some of Asian developments, particularly Japanese, have been included. The bibliography is most inclusive for the years 1990–2014, in consequence of my compiling studies from those years for Section 1—”Printing and Bibliographical Studies”—of the ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography. A shorter version of this list without cartographic materials appeared in The East-Central Intelligencer, n.s. 15, no. 1 (January 2001), 58-77. Then an intermediate version appeared at Kevin Berland’s C18-L website. During 2015–17, I expanded the list three times, with it now reaching 226 pages in typescript.
James E. May, “Recent Studies (1985–2016) of Children’s Literature, Chapbooks, and Works Related by Form or Audience and Printed 1660–1840,” 2003; updates: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2015, 2016, 2017.
This bibliography surveys scholarship principally on children’s literature, but also on chapbooks and comparable popular literature, of the long eighteenth century (1660–1840) published in Europe and the Americas from 1985 to 2016 (a few publications from before 1985 are included). The bibliography is most inclusive for the years 1990–2014, in consequence of my compiling studies published in those years for Section 1—”Printing and Bibliographical Studies”—of ECCB: The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography (AMS Press). A 2015 revision corrected some errors and more than doubled its entries, expanding the bibliography from 41 of typescript to 88 pages (more in BibSite’s PDF). Revisions in February 2016 and January 2017 brought the total to 102 pages.
James E. May, “Recent Studies of 18th-Century Book Culture and Reading, 1985–2015,” 2003; updates: 2004, 2005, 2008, 2016.
This bibliography on “book culture” within the long eighteenth century includes studies published between 1985 and 2015 on bibliophilia and book collecting, institutional and personal libraries, education, literacy, and reading (by both common folk and authors/scholars, with the last trailing sometimes into intellectual history). Association copies, commonplace books, and marginalia are included. I have excluded bookbinding (placed in the bibliography on the physical book) and also some relevant studies listed in other bibliographies posted on BibSite (see especially the bibliographies on children’s literature and on 18th-century materials in 21st-century collections). The bibliography is most inclusive for the years 1990–2014, in consequence of my compiling studies in those years for Section 1—”Printing and Bibliographical Studies”—of ECCB: Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography.
James E. May, “Recent Studies of Censorship, Press Freedom, Libel, Obscenity, etc., in the Long Eighteenth Century, Published c.1985–2016,” 2010; updated: 2015, 2016, 2017.
This bibliography lists scholarship published between 1985 and 2016 related to the freedom of the press and, more frequently, censorship (zensur, censura, censure) from communal, legal, moral, political, and religious sources (and the self-censorship such forces inspire). The 2015 revision corrected some errors and greatly increased the number of entries listed in 2010, expanding the bibliography from 51 to 86 pages. With updates in February 2016 and now in January 2017 I’ve expanded it to 100 pages, with many of the new entries involving Hispanic culture. Although church and state licensing is included, restrictions on printing that involve copyright and literary property are covered in my bibliography on studies of authorship during the period, and guild licensing and piracy usually in the bibliography on studies of publishers. The scope involves the “long eighteenth century,” here 1660–1820, and is limited to Europe and the Americas. Dissertations and book reviews are included. The coverage is best for 1990–2014 publications, the period for which I have compiled the section on bibliography and the history of print-related fields for ECCB: Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography.
James E. May, “Recent Publications on 18th-Century Materials in Contemporary Library and Manuscript Collections (1985–2015),” 2004; updates: 2005, 2008, 2015, 2016.
The following bibliography surveys publications from 1985–2015 concerning materials from the long eighteenth century (1660–1820) held by libraries and archives in Europe and the Americas. It is most inclusive for the years 1989–2014, in consequence of my compiling studies from those years for Section 1—”Printing and Bibliographical Studies”—of The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography. A 2015 revision corrected entries and added 80 percent more entries to my 2008 list, expanding the bibliography from 82 to 152 pages in typescript. Now in February 2016 I expand the list to 161 pp.
Marcus McCorison, “American Editions of Russian Literature Issued Prior to 1877, Located at the American Antiquarian Society,” 1992.
This alphabetical bibliography lists editions of Russian literature published in the United States prior to 1877 that are held by the American Antiquarian Society.
Marcus McCorison, “Publishers’ Sample & Canvassing Books Issued Prior to the Year 1877 in the Collections of the American Antiquarian Society and Michael Zinman,” 2003.
This bibliography, organized chronologically, is compiled from cataloguing records of the American Antiquarian Society and from Canvassing Books, Sample Books, and Subscription Publishers’ Ephemera, 1833-1951 in the Collection of Michael Zinman, compiled by Keith Arbour (1996.)
Marcus A. McCorison, “Risqué Literature Published in America Before 1877,” 2003.
This enumerative bibliography, organized alphabetically, is derived from the American Antiquarian Society collections, Alfred Rose’s Register of Erotic Books (1965), the Ashbee catalogue, and the Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature (1962), as well as other sources. After the bibliography itself included is a separate alphabetical index of authors, publishers, titles of signed and anonymous works, and citations to other bibliographies. (Items held by the American Antiquarian Society are marked, AAS.)
Marcus A. McCorison, “Vermont Imprints, 1778-1820: Additions, Corrections, and Revisions, Conflated,” 2003.
This chronological bibliography is a compilation of various corrections and additions to Vermont Imprints, 1778-1820: A Check List of Books, Pamphlets, and Broadsides (Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1963). It conflates information in several published lists: Additions and Corrections to Vermont Imprints, 1778-1820, published by the American Antiquarian Society in 1968; later installments that appeared in the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society (also issued as off-prints) in 1973, 1985, and 1992; and a “final” report published in Vermont History, in the Winter/Spring issue of 1999. These addenda record early Vermont printed materials located in many collections and they also record the dispersal or disposition of several great collections of American books that included Vermont imprints.
Barbara McCorkle, “Cartobibliography of the Maps in 18th Century British and American Geography Books,” 2009.
This cartobibliography contains descriptions of approximately 6700 maps found in 470 books. Entries are arranged alphabetically by author/title, and each entry lists every map included in the book with the full title, dimensions, name(s) of any publisher, engraver or cartographer appearing on the map, and the page location within the work cited. There are three indexes: cartographer/engraver, geographic, and publisher. The ESTC [English Short Title Catalogue] number is also given with each entry. This resource is intended to enable scholars to locate hitherto unrecognized work of the leading cartographers/engravers of the period and, as each entry contains the entire list of publishers/booksellers, to aid researchers in the field of early publishing history. (The cartobibliography mirrors the list in the University of Kansas digital repository.)
Joshua J. McEvilla, “A Chronology of Playbook Advertisements from English Serials, 1650–1665,” 2017.
This chronology is a supplement to Joshua McEvilla, “A Catalogue of Book Advertisements from English Serials: Printed Drama, 1646–1668,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 107, no. 1 (2013): 10–48, which reorients the information from a list of editions advertised to the sequence of printed advertisements. The titles of the list pertain to the editions and issues of printed drama covered in W. W. Greg, A Bibliography of the English Printed Drama to the Restoration, 4 vols. (London: For the Bibliographical Society, 1939–59), advertised in the serial newsbooks and broadsides of London prior to the first ‘term catalogue’ of 1668. The timeline conveys the date of each advertisement for 93 plays by 44 authors (and 5 translators)—for as many as 41 bibliographically independent publications—advertised in serials between 25 November 1650 and 12 June 1665.
James McLaverty, “Addenda and Corrigenda to J. D. Fleeman’s Bibliography of the Writings of Samuel Johnson, 1731-1984,” 2003; updates: 2004, 2010, 2011, 2014.
An update of the late David Fleeman’s Bibliography of the Writings of Samuel Johnson, published in two volumes by Oxford University Press on 2 March 2000, which attempted to list all editions of Johnson’s works from his first publication, “Messia,” in John Husbands’s Miscellany in 1731, to the editions published in the year of the bicentenary of his death, 1984. This bibliography is devoted to additions and corrections to the Bibliography, but is not concerned with continuing the list beyond 1984. Items are listed in Fleeman order, and the information has been given as briefly as possible. The 2010 update adds a “Supplement to Chronological List of Publications.”
Breon Mitchell, “An Annotated Bibliography of Bilingual Dictionaries and Vocabularies of the Languages of the World Held at Indiana University, Bloomington,” 2016.
This bibliography, arranged alphabetically by language, is similar to Wolfram Zaunmüller’s Bibliographisches Handbuch der Sprachwörterbücher (1958), but offers detailed descriptions and annotations, and a greatly expanded number of languages. The items are listed in chronological order, from the earliest appearance in each language down to the present day.
Chris Nighman, Phillip Stump, “A Bibliographical Register of the Sermons & Other Orations Delivered at the Council of Constance (1414-1418),” 2006; update: 2007.
This new register substantially corrects and augments the earlier register published by H. Finke in 1923. For each oration, it identifies all known manuscripts and printed editions and provides information concerning dates and authorship of the orations based on the evidence of the manuscripts and secondary sources. Lists of lost Constance sermons, sermons of Pierre Roger found in Constance sermon manuscripts, and indexes are also provided.
William Noblett, “A Checklist of Libraries and Collections of Books Catalogued and Sold by Samuel Paterson, 1747-1802,” 2014.
This checklist of book-sale catalogues is the appendix to William Noblett, “Samuel Paterson and the London Auction Market for Second-Hand Book, 1755-1802,” published in the Vol. 108, No. 2 (June) issue of Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. It contains a preliminary compilation of Paterson’s book-sale catalogues based primarily on an intensive examination of contemporary newspaper advertisements as well as explanatory notes and a census of known extant copies.
David Pearson, “English Book Owners in the Seventeenth Century,” 2005; updates: 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 (2), 2012, 2015.
A work-in-progress reference listing of seventeenth-century English book owners, focusing on book collections that were partly, if not entirely, formed in that century. The list is arranged alphabetically by name of the book collector and includes notes on the size and disposition of the collections, as well as dates and citations of other sources. It draws largely on existing published work, but also incorporates evidence of surviving books taken from sales and auction catalogues. (Note: 2011 update #2 added links to images of inscriptions and bookplates in select items, since continued.)
Shef Rogers, “18th-C Printed Works in English with Free Supplements,” 2016.
This file provides the supporting data for Shef Rogers’s article, “’To Accommodate the Purchasers of Former Editions’: Publishers’ Supplements to Printed Works in the Eighteenth Century,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 110:3 (2016): 299–311 0006-128X/2016/0110-0002. A version of the file in Microsoft Excel format is also available by email to Shef Rogers.
Elizabeth Savage (formerly Elizabeth Upper), “Supplement to ‘Red Frisket Sheets, c. 1490-1700′,” 2014; updates: 2015, 2017.
This checklist includes all known early modern frisket sheets that are known as of 1 April 2017. The majority are reproduced, almost all for the first time, and their three uses (manuscript/printer’s waste for one text; frisket sheet for red printing for another; and binding scrap for a third) are briefly indicated if known. It updates the list in the appendix in Elizabeth Upper, “Red Frisket Sheets, c. 1490-1700: The Earliest Artifacts of Color Printing in the West,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 108, no. 4 (2014): 477-522.
David Wallace Spielman, “Bibliographic Information for Fifty-three Unlocated Eighteenth-Century Items in Arnott and Robinson’s English Theatrical Literature, 1559-1900,” 2009.
Drawing on the ESTC and ECCO, this bibliography provides information for a substantial number of items in Arnott and Robinson’s English Theatrical Literature, 1559-1900 (London: Society for Theatre Research,1970) that the editors included as unseen and unlocated.
Everett C. Wilkie, Jr., “Corrections & Additions to The French Image of America: a Chronological and Subject Bibliography of French Books Printed before 1816 relating to the British North American Colonies and the United States,” 2012.
An update to The French Image of America, published in 1994 by Wilkie and Durand Echeverria, which lists corrections, additions, and additional copy locations for books listed in original printed bibliography, which listed and described pre-1816 French or French language publications that concerned the British North American colonies, including those in the West Indies, and later the United States. Other categories of materials, such as those by Americans published in France, were also included in the printed volumes.
Leslie Perrin Wilson, “Bibliography of the Remainder of a Gift of Books, Pamphlets & Periodicals Presented by Elizabeth Peabody to the Concord Free Public Library,” 2003.
A bibliography describing the 250 titles (415 vols.) that remain of an extensive gift presented to the Concord (Mass.) Free Public Library by Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Transcendentalist, social activist, educational reformer, and sister-in-law of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Horace Mann. Entries for books include title page transcriptions, pagination, imprint information, and descriptions of inscriptions or markings–includes a brief introductory essay.
James Woolley, “Finding English Verse, 1650-1800: First-Line Indexes & Searchable Electronic Texts,” 2004 (HTML version), 2006 (PDF version); updates: 2004 (2), 2005 (2), 2006 (1), 2010 (2).
This checklist itemizes first-line indexes with at least 1000 lines, excluding single-author indexes, which are normally included in critical editions. It includes separate listings of indexes to manuscript verse and printed verse, respectively, a short introductory essay discussing the significance of first-line indexes “for a period when verse circulated anonymously,” and tips on searching an electronic index. (Originally posted in HTML version, updated in PDF format beginning in 2006.)