Whipple Library

Internet resources for bibliography

Selected websites are listed below. For a more comprehensive list, see Directory of Web Resources for the Rare Materials Cataloguer.

General resources

Bindings and Decorated Papers
Includes guide and database of bookbindings in the British Library's early printed collections

Book History Chronology
Book information website

British Book Trade Index
Index of the names and brief biographical and trade details of people who worked in the book trade in England and Wales, and who were trading by 1851. There is a separate Scottish Book Trade Index.

Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books, 2nd ed.
Library of Congress, 1991

English Calendar
Ian MacInnes, Albion College
Old and new style dates, regnal years, days of the week

Signature-Pagination Table (for a 23-Letter Alphabet)
Yale University Library, Rare Book Team

Dictionaries, glossaries

Bookbinding and the conservation of books: a dictionary of descriptive terminology
Matt T. Roberts and Don Etherington

Antiquarisch Woordenboek in vier talen = Antiquarian Dictionary in four languages (Dutch, English, French, German)
Compiled by Jelle Samshuijzen for antiquarian booksellers

Typesetting and Publishing Glossary
Henry Budgett

Glossary of Printing and Typography
Melbourne Museum of Printing

Glossary of Common Latin Terms Found in Imprints of Early Printed Books
Robert L. Maxwell

Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts: A Guide to Technical Terms
Michelle P. Brown (London, 1994)
Revised online version, available via The British Library's website

Latin place-names

Latin place names found in the imprints of books printed before 1801 and their vernacular equivalents in AACR2 (Anglo-American Cataloging Rules) form
Association of College and Research Libraries, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Bibliographic Standards Committee
The main sources are R.A. Peddie, Place names in imprints: an index to the Latin and other forms used on title pages (1968) [cited as: Peddie], and J.G.T. Graesse, F. Benedict, and H. Plechl, Orbis Latinus: Lexikon lateinischer geographischer Namen des Mittelalters und der Neuzeit (1972) [cited as: Graesse]

Names of printing towns
Cathedral Libraries Catalogue
English or other vernacular forms for the Latin names of printing towns as found in early printed books. There are also some references for early spellings of vernacular forms of names.

Modern equivalents of Latin place-names in early printed books
Catholic History website

ORBIS LATINUS online
Dr. J. G. Th. Graesse (1909)