British Bibliographical Journals: past present and future


  • John Feather Loughborough University, UK



Bibliophily, Bibliofilia, United Kingdom, Bibliographical Journals


Library and Information Science as an academic discipline and as formal professional training and education, evolved very slowly in the UK. The study of books develops as a product of enlightenment; librarians and scholars began to develop the lists of the early printed books with the Annales typographici of Maittaire (1719-41). In England, Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847) coined the word bibliomania to describe the phenomenon that was contributing to promote certain types of books as objects of fashion. Bibliomania proved to be a passing fad, but it influenced the future direction of bibliophily, and some actually still survive in whole or in part. Between mid- to late-19th century the continuous history book-related and professional librarianship journals in the United Kingdom began; history that is told up to the present day.


Blum 1969 = Rudolf Blum, Bibliographia. Eine wort-und begriffsgeschichtliche. Untersuchung, Frankfurt am Main, Buchhändler-Vereinigung, 1969.

Blum 1980 = Rudolf Blum, Bibliographia. An inquiry into its definition and designations, translated from the German by Mathilde V. Rovelstad, Chicago, American library association; Folkestone, Wm. Dawson, 1980.

Bramley 1969 = Gerald Bramley, A History of Library Education, London, Bingley, 1969.

Francis 1949 = F. C. Francis. The Bibliographical Society: a sketch of the first fifty years, in The Bibliographical Society (1892-1942). Studies in retrospect, London, The Bibliographical Society, 1949, p. 1-22.

Guppy 2004 = Henry Guppy (revised by Catherine Pease-Watkin),

Copinger, Walter Arthur (1847-1910), in Oxford Dictionary of

National Biography, <

ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-32559> (accessed 02.02.2018).

Jensen 2011 = Kristian Jensen, Revolution and the antiquarian book. Reshaping the past, 1780-1815, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Johns 1998 = Adrian Johns, The nature of the book. Print and knowledge in the making, Chicago-London, The University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Manley 2004 = K. A. Manley, Brydges, Sir (Samuel) Egerton, first baronet, styled thirteenth Baron Chandos (1762-1837), in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, <>.

Munby 1972 = A. N. L. Munby, Connoisseurs and Medieval miniatures (1750-1850), Oxford, at the Clarendon press, 1972.

Mumford 1976 = William Arthur Mumford, A History of the Library

Association (1877-1977), London, The Library Association, 1976.

Ramsden 1973 = Michael J. Ramsden, History of the Association of Assistant Librarians (1895-1945), Falkirk, Association of Assistant Librarians, 1973.

Richardson Jr. 2004 = John V. Richardson Jr., Dibdin, Thomas Frognall (1776-1847), in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, <;jsessionid=B6E7DFC45D142A382123D9BDE56A4183>.

Windle - Pippin 1999 = John Windle - Karma Pippin, Thomas Frognall Dibdin (1776-1847). A bibliography, New Castle, Del., Oak Knoll Press, 1999.




How to Cite

Feather, J. (2018). British Bibliographical Journals: past present and future. Bibliothecae.It, 7(2), 300–311.