Textual Studies, Bibliography, and History of the Book

The following list is a sampling of significant writings and is intended to suggest the range of the field. Students are expected to work with their advisors in developing (in the words of the English Department’s guidelines) a group of “forty or so primary books or . . . roughly the equivalent,” aiming for a “choice of titles . . . [that] illustrate the field’s extent, touching on its limits and spanning its history” and that will “represent important developments within the area.” Students are also encouraged to include case studies that might provide a focal point for the discussion of various approaches.

Espen Aarseth, Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature

Thomas R. Adams and Nicolas Barker, “A New Model for the Study of the Book,” in A Potencie of Life, ed. Barker (1993)

Harry G. Aldis, John Carter, E. A. Crutchley, The Printed Book

Carol Armbruster, ed., Publishing and Readership in Revolutionary France and America

J.J. Alexander, Medieval Illuminators and their work

Leila Avrin, Scribes, Scripts, and Books

Bill Bell, Jonquil Bevan, and Phillip Bennet, eds., Across Boundaries. The Book in Culture and Commerce

Fredson Bowers, Principles of Bibliographical Description (1949)

—, Textual and Literary Criticism (1959)

—, Bibliography and Textual Criticism (1964)

—, Essays in Bibliography, Text, and Editing (1975)

Bill Bell, Laurel Brake, and David Finkelstein, eds., Nineteenth-Century Media and the Construction of Identities

George Bornstein and Theresa Tinkle, eds., The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture

Michelle Brown and Scott McKendrick, eds., Illuminating the Book. Makers and Interpreters

Warren Chappell, A Short History of the Printed Word

Roger Chartier, The Order of Books

Susan Compton, World Backwards: Russian Avant-Garde Books 1911-1934

Svend Dahl, History of the Book

Robert Darnton, “What is the History of Books?” Daedalus 111 (1982)

Cyril Davenport, The Book, Its History and Development

Christopher de Hamel, A history of illuminated manuscripts

Johanna Drucker, The Century of Artists’ Books

Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change

John Feather, A Dictionary of Book History

Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin, The Coming of the Book. The Impact of Printing 1450-1800

David Finkelstein, Alistair McCleery, The Book History Reader

Harry Gamble, Books and Readers in the Early Church (1995)

Philip Gaskell, From Writer to Reader

_____________, A New Introduction to Bibliography

Gerard Genette, Paratexts. Thresholds of Interpretation

Geoffrey Ashall Glaister, An Encyclopedia of the Book

D. C. Greetham, Textual Scholarship. An Introduction

_______________,Theories of the Text

W. W. Greg, “On Certain False Dates in Shakespearian Quartos,” Library 2 nd ser. 9 (1908)

—, "The Rationale of Copy-Text"

E. P. Goldschmidt, Medieval Texts and their First Appearance in Print

Howard Greenfield, Books from Writer to Reader

Joseph Grigely, Textualterity

David Guss and Jerome Rothenberg, The Book: Spiritual Instrument

David D. Hall, Cultures of Print: Essays in the History of the Book

Konrad Haebler, The Study of Incunabula

Jonathan Harthan, The Illustrated Book

Charlton Hinman, The Printing and Proof-Reading of the First Folio of Shakespeare (1963)

A. E. Housman, “The Application of Thought to Textual Criticism,” Proceedings of the Classical Association 18 (1922)

Dard Hunter, Papermaking. The History and Technique of an Ancient Craft

Phillip James, English Book Illustration 1800-1900

Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book. Print and Knowledge in the Making

Julie Greer Johnson, The Book in the Americas

Samuel Johnson, “Preface to Shakespeare” (1765)

Craig Kallendorf, Virgil and the Myth of Venice . Books and Readers in the Italian Renaissance

Bill Katz, Dahl’s History of the Book

Frederick Kenyon, Books and Readers in Ancient Greece and Rome

Robin Kinross, Modern Typography

Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, “Editing the Interface: Textual Studies and First Generation Electronic Objects,” Text 14 (2002)

Helmut Lehmann-Haupt, The Book in America

Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux and Neil Fraistat, eds., Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print

Paul Maas, Textual Criticism, trans. Barbara Flower

Jerome McGann. Black Riders. The Visible Language of Modernism

__________.A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism

__________. Radiant Textuality

__________. The Textual Condition

D. F. McKenzie, Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts

______________, Making Meaning. “Printers of the Mind” and other essays

Ruari McLean, Modern Book Design, from William Morris to the Present Day

Marshall McLuhan, Gutenberg Galaxy

Douglas McMurtrie, The Book: The Story of Printing and Bookmaking

Bruce M. Metzger, The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption, and Restoration (1964, 1968, 1992)

J. Moran, Printing Presses

[Joseph Moxon, Mechanick Exercises]

Frank A. Mumby, Publishing and Bookselling from the Earliest Times to the Present

P. Needham, Twelve Centuries of Bookbinding: 400-1600

—, “Johann Gutenberg and the Catholicon Press,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 79 (1982)

L. D. Reynolds and N. G. Wilson, Scribes and Scholars: A Guide to the Transmission of Greek and Latin Literature (1968, 1974, 1991)

Jerome Rothenberg and Steve Clay, eds., The Book of the Book

Peter Shillingsburg, Scholarly Editing in the Computer Age

—, Resisting Texts (1997)

S. H. Steinberg, Five Hundred Years of Printing

Allan Stevenson, The Problem of the Missale Speciale (1967)

Michael F. Suarez, “Historiographical Problems and Possibilities in Book History and National Histories of the Book,” Studies in Bibliography 56 (2003-04)

Katherine Sutherland, ed., Electronic Textuality. Investigations in Method and Theory

G. Thomas Tanselle, The History of Books as a Field of Study (1981)

—, A Rationale of Textual Criticism (1989)

—, Textual Criticism and Scholarly Editing (1990)

—, Literature and Artifacts (1998)

—, Textual Criticism since Greg: A Chronicle, 1950-2000 (2005)

Daniel Berkeley Updike, Printing Types: Their history and use

David L. Vander Meulen, “The Printing of Pope’s Dunciad, 1728,” Studies in Bibliography 35 (1982)

—, Where Angels Fear to Tread: Descriptive Bibliography and Alexander Pope (1988)

—, “How to Read Book History,” Studies in Bibliography 56 (2003-04).

Martin L. West, Textual Criticism and Editorial Technique Applicable to Greek and Latin Texts (1973)


America A History of the Book in America (2000- )

Australia A History of the Book in Australia (2000- ); http://www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/ASEC/HOBA.html

Britain The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain (1995- )

Canada History of the Book in Canada (2004- ); http://www.hbic.library.utoronto.ca/home_en.htm

France Histoire de l’edition française, ed. Henri-Jean Martin, Roger Chartier, and Jean-Pierre Vivet (1983-91)

Ireland The Oxford History of the Irish Book (2006- )

Scotland A History of the Book in Scotland (in preparation); http://www.arts.ed.ac.uk/chb/hobs.htm

Wales A Nation and Its Books: A History of the Book in Wales , ed.

Philip Henry Jones and Eiluned Rees (1998)


The following kinds of resources are likely to prove useful in developing a reading list and preparing for the examination.



Bibliography and History of the Book http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/biblio.html

Bibliography of the History of the Book http://www.ku.edu/~bookhist/bibl9.html

Bibliography of the History of the Book in Canada http://acsweb2.ucis.dal.ca/hbicdb/english/historical.html

Centre for the History of the Book http://www.arts.ed.ac.uk/chb/

Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes http://www.irht.cnrs.fr/

Questia Online Library: History of the Book http://www.questia.com/library/communication/media-studies/print-med/history-of-the-book.jsp?CRID=history_of_the_book&OFFID=se1&KEY=history_of_the_book

Resources for the History of the Book http://www.humbul.ac.uk/topics/hob.html

Timetable of Printing History http://www.xs4all.nl/~knops/timetab.html

 Bibliography on the Web, Bibliographical Society of America http://bibsocamer.org/

SHARP Web , Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing http://www.sharpweb.org/


G. T. Tanselle, Guide to the Study of United States Imprints (1971)

T. H. Howard-Hill, Index to British Literary Bibliography (1969- )

G. T. Tanselle, Introduction to Bibliography: Seminar Syllabus, 19th revision (2002)

G. T. Tanselle, Introduction to Scholarly Editing: Seminar Syllabus, 18th revision (2002)