Centre for the History of the Book

Dr William Zachs

Dr William Zachs is Honorary Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Dr William Zachs

Honorary Fellow

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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Bill Zachs is the author of The First John Murray and the Eighteenth-Century London Book Trade (1998) and Without Regard to Good Manners: A Biography of Gilbert Stuart, 1743-1786. He has produced several articles and exhibition catalogues that tell stories of old books and their authors, including Sir Walter Scott, Robert Burns and David Hume. In March 2015 he gave the University of Pennsylvania annual Rosenbach Lecture in Bibliography under the title: 'Authenticity and Duplicity: Investigations into Multiple Copies of Books’. These lectures are available online and will be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Among other projects, he is currently preparing a study of the publications of the Rev. Hugh Blair, the first professor of Rhetoric and Belles Lettres at the University of Edinburgh. He provides seminars for the MSc in Book History and Material Culture and for St Andrews University’s M.Litt. The Book. History of Technique and Analysis. Collecting, studying talking to people about old books is his passion. He holds an MSc, and PhD from the University of Edinburgh; a BA from the University of Pennsylvania; and a MLIS from California State University. In 2013 he was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Edinburgh for his contributions to book curation and bibliographical studies.