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Printers' Devices Reference Bibliography
Bibliography maintained by the University of Florida Libraries.


English Short Title Catalogue
The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC) lists over 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800 in the British Isles and North America found in the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries.
Graphics Atlas
Graphics Atlas is a sophisticated resource that presents a unique, object-based approach for the identification and characterization of prints and photographs.
Incunabula Short Title Catalog
The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue is the international database of 15th-century European printing created by the British Library with contributions from institutions worldwide.
Printers' Devices
Database of printers' devices maintained by the University of Barcelona.

Library Catalogs


A companion to the history of the book
Print Location: Z4 .C73 2007

A New Introduction to Bibliography
Print Location: Z116.A2 G27 1974

A short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640.
Print Location: Z2002 .P77 1976

Books will speak plain: a handbook for identifying and describing historical bindings
Print Location: Z269 .M64 2010

Books: a living history
Print Location: Z4 .L95 2011b
This illustrated volume explores one of the most versatile, useful and enduring technologies ever invented: the book. "Books :A living history" charts the evolution and influence of books around the world, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumer through the development of movable type and the emergence of the modern information revolution. A feast for traditional book-lovers, as well as an inspiration for those excited by new electronic technologies, this beautifully produced volume celebrates the enduring power and magic of books.
How prints look : photographs with commentary
Print Location: NE863 .I9 1987

How to identify prints : a complete guide to manual and mechanical processes from woodcut to ink jet
Print Location: NE850 .G37 1986

Introduction to manuscript studies
Print Location: Z105 .C58 2007
"This book provides an orientation to the field of medieval manuscript studies. It will be of help to students in history, art history, literature, and religious studies who are encountering medieval manuscripts for the first time, while also appealing to advanced scholars and general readers interested in the history of the book before the age of print. Every chapter in this guidebook features numerous color plates that exemplify each aspect described in the text and are drawn primarily from the collections of the Newberry Library in Chicago and the Parker Library of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge."--BOOK JACKET.
Oxford dictionary of national biography : in association with the British Academy: from the earliest times to the year 2000
Print Location: DA28 .O95 2004

Rare books and special collections
Print Location: Z688.R3 B47 2014
From cuneiform, coins, and codices to prints, drawings, photographs, and maps, departments of rare books and special collections are the premier repositories of significant printed and manuscript works and artifacts. Entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the records of history and culture, these institutions enable access to millions of source materials. Berger, a veteran of rare book and special collections, offers a landmark examination of this field, aimed at practitioners in the library field, instructors teaching courses on the subject, booksellers, private collectors, historians, bibliophiles, and others involved in rare and unique materials. Showing readers everything they need to know about rare books and special collections, this wide-ranging book offers coverage of such key topics as: the profession s history and its relevance in the face of an increasingly digital world; archives relationship to the special collections department and their role in the wider institution; collection development, cataloging, processing, physical layout, and other operational functions, with coverage of acquisition sources and methods; what everyone needs to know about the physical materials in their care, including preservation, conservation, and restoration, storage, handling, and security; reference and outreach services, including a look at exhibitions and tours; fundraising and financial management; legal and ethical issues; forgeries, fakes, and facsimiles; bibliography and its impact on the rare book world, including a look at booksellers, donors, and auctions; the present state of books in our digital environment; the vocabulary of the trade. Rare Books and Special Collections presents a meticulous and systematic understanding of this growing field.
Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641–1700
Print Location: Z2002 .W5

Primary Sources

Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource
1473–1700. Contains digital facsimile page images of over 130,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource
1701–1800. Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera.

Web sites

Newberry Library's Research Guides
Bibliographies, checklists, collection descriptions, and links to articles about the Newberry's holdings to assist you in your exploration of their rich collections.
Printing History and Book Arts
A brief list of resources available at the Newberry Library related to the history of printing and of book arts.
Rare Book School website
If you click on one of the courses being offered that relates to your research question, there is often a bibliography of resources available.
The Atlas of Early Printing
The Atlas of Early Printing is an interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century.
Subject Specialist
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