Winchester: St. Paul's, 1998,
octavo, wrappers. xvi, 315pp. St. Paul's, New. Item #4452
First wrappers edition, originally published in 1992. "An important feature of these essays is that each makes proposals for future research by scholars and students, ensuring the vitality of bibliography in the next century. This 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." With 29 chapters by leading authors in the field of the history of the book, including Robin Alston, Nicolas Barker, Terry Belanger, Fredson Bowers, Mirjam Foot, Lotte Hellinga, D. F. McKenzie, D. McKitterick, R. Myers and G. Thomas Tanselle. "They survey bibliographical 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; incunabula, cartography, book illustration, book catalogues,a nd the Stationers' Company; bibliographical developments in the history of science, and in many countries - the British Isles, France, Germany, Italy, North America, Japan and the Orient, Australia and New Zealand..."