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Key differences between AACR2 and DCRM(B) [PDF]
Major rule changes between the two standards, prepared by the Bibliographic Standards Committee of CILIP's Rare Books and Special Collections Group. [Original text:]
Provenance names found in printed books (St John's College Library, Oxford) [PDF]
Alphabetical index as of July 2009 [ linked from ]
Historic Libraries Forum brief guides to non-English languages. 1, Latin [PDF]
Case endings, place names and other useful details. Written by Peter Hoare, June 2009.
The Bodleian Incunable Catalogue [PDF]
Fifteenth-century printed books in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Includes indexes of authors, printers and provenance names.
Fingerprints manual (1984) and newsletters (1981, 1985, 1994) as PDF files, together with a bibliography.
ISBD(A): International Standard Bibliographic Description for Older Monographic Publications (Antiquarian)
2nd rev. ed., 1991, from IFLA.
From DCRB to DCRM(B)
Major rule changes between the two standards, prepared by the Bibliographic Standards Committee of CILIP's Rare Books and Special Collections Group.
Descriptive Cataloging of 19th-Century Books / Manon Théroux
[Site down] Peculiarities of 19th century publishing that fall between DCRM and AACR.
Guidelines for the Cataloguing of Rare Books (CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group)
2007 revision, including sample provenance and binding descriptions.
RBMS/BSC Guidelines for Establishing Certain Names Associated with Printers
How to formulate headings for partnerships, heirs, and widows. Preserved in the Internet Archive.
British Bookbindings: 16th-19th century
Photographs of bindings, chronologically arranged, from an exhibition at Glasgow University.
Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog KVK
Virtual union catalogue of academic libraries in German-speaking countries and other national libraries.
CERL Resources
The Hand Press Book database (HPB), CERL Thesaurus, CERL Portal, provenance information and web resources.
Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC)
Antiquarisch woordenboek in vier talen = Antiquarian dictionary in four languages
In English, German, Dutch and French. 3rd ed., compiled by Jelle Samshuijzen.
Some statistics on the history of publishing extracted from the ESTC (Alain Veylit)
Compiled in 2000 and preserved in the Internet Archive, so not all slides are available. See also
Bibliographical fingerprints
How to construct or verify the two principal types of fingerprint.
Census of Italian 16th Century Editions (EDIT 16)
Online catalogue of books 'printed in Italy between 1501 and 1600, in any language, and editions printed abroad in Italian'. Includes database of printers' devices.
Universal Short Title Catalogue
The USTC aims to list all books published in Europe before 1061.
ESTC: English Short-Title Catalog (1473-1800)
'Every surviving copy of letterpress produced in England or any of its dependencies, in any language, worldwide, from 1473-1800.' With a link to the public search at
STCV: Short Title Catalogus Vlaanderen
An online bibliography of books printed in 17th-century Flanders (Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, etc.)
Short Title Catalogue Netherlands (STCN)
The Dutch retrospective bibliography for the period 1540-1800.
The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members (Ian Maxted)
Also available at:
Analytical bibliography: an alternative prospectus / Neil Harris
Elegant survey of the history and future of bibliography with extensive references and a fascinating final miscellany.
The identification of format: Key I: Large and medium formats
Reproduced from Gaskell's 'A new introduction to bibliography' by the ESTC.
The identification of format: Key II: Small formats
Reproduced from Gaskell's 'A new introduction to bibliography' by the ESTC.
Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious (Princeton University Library)
Photographs from an exhibition, grouped by genre and structure, with interactive magnifying glass.
Greek Ligatures in Early Modern Printed Books / by William Barker and Walter Colman
[site down]
Latin abbreviations, etc.: some further examples
How to deal with unfamiliar characters. From the University of Michigan Text Creation Partnership.
Signature-Pagination Table (for a 23-Letter Alphabet) / Rare Book Team, Yale University Library
For verifying collational formulas and for counting unnumbered pages.
RBMS Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloging
Binding Terms, Genre Terms, Paper Terms, Printing & Publishing Evidence, Provenance Evidence, Type Evidence and Relator Terms.
Database of Bookbindings / The British Library
Images of bookbindings searchable by binder, owner, country, material, period etc.
ALA-LC Romanization Tables [PDF]
Hebrew Numbers
Clear explanation of the use of Hebrew letters as numerals.
Name list of printers in the Utrecht University Library
Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology (Etherington & Roberts, 1982)
Names of printing towns (Cathedral Libraries Catalogue)
Orbis Latinus online / Dr. J. G. Th. Graesse
2nd ed. (1909)
Glossary of Common Latin Terms Found in Imprints of Early Printed Books / Robert L. Maxwell
RBMS/BMC Latin Place Names File
Latin names with AACR2 forms and MARC country codes.
OLIS Cataloguing Manual for Antiquarian Materials
The second edition (1998), not incorporating the 2005 revisions.
Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books
2nd ed. (1991), now superseded by DCRM(B).
Compositorial practices and the localization of printed books, 1530-1800 / by R.A. Sayce
Classic paper in The Library (fifth series, vol. XXI, no. 1, 1966). [PDF; subscription required]
HoBo: Book history events and other resources
Scottish Book Trade Index (SBTI)
British Book Trade Index (BBTI)
Index of book trade personnel in England and Wales who were trading by 1851.
ABC for Book Collectors. - 8th ed. / John Carter and Nicolas Barker (2004)
PDF version for non-commercial use only. [*/]
University of Oxford Early Printed Books Project: Libraries Outside the Bodleian

Owen Massey McKnight <>

Jesus College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW