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The techniques and approaches fostered in the first half of this century by what was called the 'New Bibliography' have spread throughout the world, developing and expanding in association with bodies such as the Bibliographical Society. The essays specially commissioned for this book take 'New Bibliography' into the twenty-first century. They survey bibliographic and textual studies in some thirty fields, and include discussions of major issues and developments. Areas covered include manuscript studies and the ...
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Overview

The techniques and approaches fostered in the first half of this century by what was called the 'New Bibliography' have spread throughout the world, developing and expanding in association with bodies such as the Bibliographical Society. The essays specially commissioned for this book take 'New Bibliography' into the twenty-first century. They survey bibliographic and textual studies in some thirty fields, and include discussions of major issues and developments. Areas covered include manuscript studies and the analysis of handwriting; the physical characteristics of the book - its paper, type, and binding; enumerative and descriptive bibliography: incunabula, cartography, book illustration, book catalogues, and the Stationers' Company; bibliographical developments in the history of science, and in many countries - France, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the British provincial book trade, Japan and the Orient, Australia and New Zealand; developments in the theory and practice of editing texts (including biblical texts); the history of the book; and the implications of the computer for bibliography. An important feature of these essays is that each makes proposals for future research, ensuring the vitality of bibliography in the next half-century. Appearing at the time of the Bibliographical Society's centenary, the collection provides a landmark, taking stock of developments in what has become a vast and vital area of study, and mapping out its future parameters.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781884718632
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press DE
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 315

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
The Bibliographical Society, 1942-1992 12
Issues in bibliographical studies since 1942 24
Medieval manuscript studies 37
English literary manuscripts of the twentieth century 46
The analysis of handwriting: an introductory survey 57
The study of paper as evidence, artefact, and commodity 69
Typographic studies 83
The future of bookbinding research 99
Incunabula, 1942-1992: from type to text 107
Stationers' Company bibliography. 1892-1992 116
Enumerative and descriptive bibliography 122
Describing maps 130
Developments in the study of book illustration 142
Bibliographical developments in the history of science 151
Book catalogues: their varieties and uses 161
The British provincial book trade 176
Scottish bibliography for the period ending 1801 182
From autograph to automation: Welsh bibliography 193
The silken purse: bibliography in Ireland 200
La bibliologie in France 206
Bibliography and oriental literature 215
Tradition and innovation: bibliography in Australia and New Zealand 227
Developments in editing biblical texts 236
Notes on theory and practice in editing texts 244
Analytical and textual bibliography in Germany and Italy 258
Bibliographical studies in Japan 270
Bibliography in the computer age 276
History of the book 290
Envoi: Meditations by the Captain of the Iceberg 302
Selective Index 310
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