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Online and other references for print and rare book collectors

Online references

Rare Books

Library catalogues

The British Library online catalogue of the British Library          

Cambridge University Library online catalogue of the Cambridge University Library

The London Library online catalogue of the london Library

The Library of Congress online catalogue of the Library of Congress

University of Texas HRC online catalogue of their legendary holdings of modern literature

The National Art Library online catalogue of The National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Yale University Library online catalogue of Yale University Library
which includes The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare books.

Online references

Prints and drawings

The Tate Gallery online catalogue of the holdings in the Tate Gallery

The V & A catalogue online catalogue for V&A's study room for works of art on paper from the Museum's collection.


ABA The Antiquarian Bookseller's Association, UK

PBFA The Provincial Bookseller's Fairs Association. Website. To find a registered bookseller or bookfair near you.

A selection of useful reference works for book collectors

Book Collecting:

Carter, John. Printing and the mind of man: a descriptive catalogue illustrating the impact of print on the evolution of Western civilization during five centuries; compiled and edited by John Carter & Percy H. Muir, assisted by Nicolas Barker, H. A. Feisenberger, Howard Nixon and S. H. Steinberg, with an introductory essay by Denys Hay. London: Cassell; New York, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1967.

Carter, John. Books and book-collectors. London : Hart-Davis, 1956.

Carter, John. Taste & technique in book collecting: with an epilogue. London : Private Libraries Association, 1970. (1948).

Dibdin, Thomas Frognall. Bibliomania : or book-madness ; a bibliographical romance. New ed. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842.

Sadleir, Michael. Excursions in Victorian bibliography. London: Chaundy & Cox, 1922.

Sadleir, Michael. XIX century fiction : a bibliographical record based on his own collection. London:, Berkeley: Constable, University of California Press, [1951.]

A selection of useful reference works for print collectors

Print Collecting:

Allen, Bryan. Print collecting. London: Muller, 1970.

Castleman, Riva. A century of artists books. New York: Museum of Modern Art, c1994.

Castelman, Riva. Modern prints since 1942. London : Barrie & Jenkins, 1973.

Castleman, Riva. Prints of the 20th century. London: Thames and Hudson, 1988 (1976.)

Gleeson, Janet. Miller’s collecting prints & posters / Janet Gleeson; special consultants: Richard Barclay ... [et al.]. London: Miller’s, 1997.

Griffiths, Antony. Prints and printmaking: an introduction to the history and techniques. London : British Museum Publications, 1980.

Hughes, Therle. Prints for the collector: British prints from 1500 to 1900. London, Lutterworth Press, 1970.

Robinson, Elly. A-Z of printmaking : a collector’s guide. Sudbury: Printworks, c2000.

Russell, Ronald. Discovering antique prints. Princes Risborough : Shire, 2001. (1981.)

Simmons, Rosemary. Collecting original prints. London: Quiller Press in association with Christie’s Contemporary Art, 1982.

Stuart-Green, Michael. Artists’ prints: a guide for collectors. Strathcarron: An Clo` Beag Glas, 2000.

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