In some ways, it's not an obvious question. When I first saw the
"biblio-history" coinage, I thought it was a typo for Biblio-mysteries
(mysteries relating to books, booksellers, libraries, etc.). There are many
books and glossaries on books, book collecting, the history of books and
book collecting, and libraries. I tend to think of them as distinct areas.
I suppose the word fills (or rather bridges) a gap between these areas.
Nick Basbanes's three books (_A Gentle Madness_, _A Splendor of Letters_,
and _Patience & Fortitude_) are characterized as "Bibliohistory" (check
Google: the only citations of the word "biblio-history" are to Basbanes;
see <www.nicholasbasbanes.com>). They're also good reads, and bring
together a lot of old ideas with more recent developments in collecting. I
think his story of the "Garden" sale at Sothebys is masterly in _Madness_.
On the web, there are a number of quite good places:
Dan Traister's website at Penn is one of the oldest and most interesting
(However, the site is getting a bit dated, and some links are out of date
or no longer work.)
Jack Lynch's Literary Resources Bibliography and History of the Book
emphasizes online resources
University of Delaware Library's Book Collecting and Book Buying
And if you want a quick best-of-the-best, there's the reading list for Rare
Book School's class on book collecting, taught by Terry Belanger and
You'll probably get more scholarly responses than this one from Exlibris,
the rare books listserv.
--- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "Schlesinger" <ks46@a...> wrote:
> This may be an obvious one, but has anyone written a history or
comprehensive study of "biblio-histories."
> Kyle Schlesinger
> Cuneiform Press
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