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History of the Book

A guide to research in the history of books, reading, publishing, and print culture.

Using BobCat to find secondary sources in book history

You can use BobCat, the libraries' catalog, to discover books in our collections that deal with topics related to book history. Subject headings, the terms attached to every record to categorize each item in our collection, can be searched using the "In subject" option in the pulldown menu under "Anywhere in the record." Once you've found a list of results in BobCat, you can also click "Subject" under "Limit my results" on the left side of the page to see a list of subject headings. Click any of these to refine your search only to materials with that subject heading.

Some subject headings that may help you find titles on book history:

  • Authors and readers -- History
  • Book industries and trade
  • Bookbinding
  • Booksellers and bookselling
  • Early printed books
  • Illustration of books
  • Libraries -- History
  • Manuscripts
  • Printing -- History
  • Publishers and publishing -- History
  • Books and reading -- History
  • Type and type-founding

Bibliographic methods and terminology

General overviews

General introductions to the field, readers, handbooks, and guides:

Historical overviews: