Centre for the History of the Book


The Centre is involved in a number of research projects which have culminated in many published works.

English and British Fiction 1750-1820

The Oxford History of the Novel in English is a 12-volume series presenting a comprehensive, global, and up-to-date history of English-language prose fiction and written by a large, international team of scholars.

The Broadview Reader in Book History

Book History has emerged as one of the most exciting new interdisciplinary fields of study in the humanities.

The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland

Published in four volumes by Edinburgh University Press, The Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland is a major scholarly project whose aim is to investigate the history of the production, circulation, and reception of Scottish texts from earliest times to the present.

Walter Scott: Waverley

After nearly ten years spent in preparation, Peter Garside's new scholarly edition of Walter Scott's Waverley; or 'tis Sixty Years Since (1814) was published by Edinburgh University Press in November 2007.

The Freer Biblical Manuscripts

The six biblical manuscripts held by the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC are historically significant artifacts for tracing the early history of the transmission of the writings that make up the New Testament and the Septuagint.

Burning Books and Leveling Libraries

The Centre for the History of the Book is very pleased to be associated with this important title. Professor Knuth is Chair of the Library and Information Science Program at The University of Hawaii, and undertook much of the research on the Burning Books and Leveling Libraries while she was a Visiting Fellow at the CHB.

The Enlightenment and the Book

The Enlightenment and the Book is considered one of the most important scholarly titles to emerge in recent years on the eighteenth-century book trade.

Worlds of Print: Diversity in the Book Trade

The infinite variety of people and places touched by the British book trade is the focus of this eighth volume in the Print Networks series.

Across Boundaries: The Book in Culture and Commerce

Based on a conference hosted by the CHB this series of nine scholarly essays focuses on the book as it helped facilitate commerce and culture over the last five centuries. Leading scholars explore difficult questions arising from the unique relationships that have existed for centuries between economics and literary culture.

Nineteenth-Century Media and the Construction of Identities

This collection of important new research in nineteenth-century media history represents some salient, recent developments in the field.

The Library: The Transactions of Bibliographical Society

The Library is the journal of the Bibliographical Society. For more than a hundred years it has been the pre-eminent scholarly journal for the study of bibliography and of the role of the book in history.