Skip to main content
UMW Libraries
Simpson Library | Special Collections

HIST 471A8: Books

History of the Book (Spring, 2013)

Book Resources for HIST 471

Antiquity: Alphabets, Writing Systems, Writing Materials

Reading the Past: Ancient Writing from Cuneiform to the Alphabet (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1990). P211.R37 1996

Art of the Book

Avrin, Leila, Scribes, Script, and Books: The Book Arts From Antiquity to the Renaissance (Chicago: American Library Association; London: The British Library, 1991). Z4.A88 1990

Bland, David, A History of Book Illustration: The Illuminated Manuscript and the Printed Book (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1969). NC960.B62

Diehl, Edith, Bookbinding: Its Background and Technique (New York: Rinehart, 1946). Z266.D5 1979

Gascoigne, Bamber, How to Identify Prints: A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes From Woodcut to Inkjet (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1986). NE850.G37 2004

Harthan, John P., A History of the Illustrated Book: The Western Tradition (London: Thames and Hudson, 1981). Z1023.H387

Marks, PJM. Beautiful Bookbindings: A Thousand Years of the Bookbinder’s Art (New Castle & London: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 2011). Z269.M368 2011

Needham, Paul, Twelve Centuries of Bookbindings, 400-1600 (New York: Pierpont Morgan Library: Oxford University Press, 1979). Z269.N37

Slythe, R. Margaret, The Art of Illustration 1750-1900 (London: The Library Association, 1970). NC960.S55

Bibliographical Description of Books

Carter, John, ABC for Book Collectors (Full-text online from the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers).

Gaskell, Philip, A new Intoduction to Bibliography (Oxford;New York: Oxford University Press, 1974). Z116.A2 G27 (On reserve).

The Book in the United States

Blumenthal, Joseph, The Printed Book in America (Boston: D.R. Godine, 1977). Z208.B56

Kaestle, Carl F., et al., Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading Since 1880 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991). LC151.K32 1991

Printing and Society in Early America, William L. Joyce, ed. (Worchester, MA: American Antiquarian Association, 1983). Z208.P74 1983

Tanselle, G. Thomas, Guide to the Study of United States Imprints (Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University, 1971). E175.A2 T35

Tebbel, John, A History of Book Publishing in the United States (New York: Bowker, 1972- ). Z473.T42

Winterich, John T., Early American Books and Printing (Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, Riverside Press, 1935). Z208.W79 1935

Zboray, Ronald J., A Fictive People: Antebellum Economic Development and the American Reading Public (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993). Z1003.2.Z26 1993 (On Reserve)

Books and Society

Books and Society in History: Papers of the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Preconference, 24-28 June, 1980, Boston, Massachusetts, Kenneth E. Carpenter, ed. (New York: R.R. Bowker, 1983). Z280.B66 1983

Court, Franklin E., Institutionalizing English Literature: The Culture and Politics of Literary Study, 1750-1900 (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1992). PR51.G7 C68 1992

The Culture of Print: Power and the Uses of Print in Early Modern Europe, Alain Boureau...(et al.); edited by Roger Chartier; translated by Lydia G. Cochrane (Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 1989). Z124.U83 1989

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L., The Printing Press as an Agent of Change: Communications and Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1979). Z124.E37

Eisenstein, Elizabeth L., The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1983). Z124.E374 2005 (On Reserve)

Febrve, Lucien Paul Victor, The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450-1800 (London: N.L.B., 1976). Z4.F413 1976

Harthan, John P., Books of Hours and Their Owners (London: Thames & Hudson, 1977). ND3363.A1 B66 1977b

McKenzie, D.F., Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts (London: British Library, 1986).    Net Library

Printing and the Mind of Man, John Carter and Percy H. Muir, comps. and eds. (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1967). Z121.C3

Printing the Written Book: The Social History of Books, Circa 1450-1520, Sandra Hindman, ed. (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1991). Z126.P73 1991

Reynolds, L.D., and N.G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature (Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1991). Z40.R4 1974

The Uses of Literacy in Early Medieval Europe, Rosamund McKitterick, ed. (Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990). LC156.A2 U74 1990

Vincent, David, Literacy and Popular Culture: England, 1750-1914 (Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1989). LC156.G72 E58 1989

General Surveys

Dahl, Svend, History of the Book (New York: Scarecrow Press, 1958). Z4.K37 1958

McMurtrie, Douglas Crawford, The Book: The Story of Printing and Bookmaking (New York: Covici Friede, 1937). Z4.M15

Steinberg, Sigfrid Henry, Five Hundred Years of Printing (Harmondsworth, Eng.; Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1974). Z124.S8 1996

Vervliet, Hendrik D.L., The Book Through Five Thou-sand Years: A Survey by Fernand Baudin and Others (London; New York: Phaidon, 1972). Z4.V46

Invention and Spread of Printing

Clair, Colin, A History of European Printing (London; New York: Academic Press, 1976). Z124.C614

Medieval Period: The Codex and Manuscript Production

Alexander, Jonathan, Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993). ND2920.A44 1992

Bologna, Guila, Illuminated Manuscripts: The Book Before Gutenberg (New York: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1988). Z6.B6513 1988

Calkins, Robert G., Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1983). ND2920.C28 1983

De Hamel, Christopher, A History of Illuminated Manuscripts (Oxford: Phaidon, 1986).  N2900.D36 1994

Diringer, David, The Illuminated Book: Its History and Production (London: Faber and Faber, 1958).  ND2920.D55

Harthan, John P., Books of Hours and Their Owners (Freiberg: Herder, 1982, c1977). ND3363.A1B66 1977b

Putnam, George, Books and Their Makers in the Middle Ages (New York: Hillary House Publishers, Ltd., 1962). Z4.P99

Roberts, Colin H., and T.C. Skeat, The Birth of the Codex (London: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1987). Z5.R62 1987

Publishing and Bookselling

Anderson, Patricia, and Jonathan Rose, eds., British Literary Publishing Houses (Detroit: Gale Research, 1991). Dictionary of Literary Biography, vols. 106 and 112. REF PN501.D5X v.106 v. 112

Dzwonkoski, Peter, ed., American Literary Publishing Houses (Detroit: Gale Research, 1986). Dictionary of Literary Biography, vols. 46 and 49. PN501.D5X v.46 v.49

Feather, John, A History of British Publishing (London; New York; Sydney: Crown Helm, 1988).  Net Library

Mumby, Frank Arthur and Ian Norrie, Publishing and Bookselling, 5th Edition (London: Jonathan Cape, 1974). Z323.M95 1956

Subject Guide

Carolyn Parsons's picture
Carolyn Parsons
Simpson Library, Room 217
(540) 654-1752