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Cambridge University Library


About Us

The Cambridge Bibliographical Society was founded on 20 January 1949 for the promotion and publication of bibliographical studies. The Society holds regular meetings at Cambridge University Library and its summer AGM is usually accompanied by a visit to a Cambridge library. Membership of the Society is open to all those interested in bibliography, and members receive the publications as part of their annual subscription. The Society publishes occasional monographs and the annual, peer reviewed Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society and welcomes offers of papers from members and non-members alike. General correspondence and applications for membership should be addressed to the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR (email: For further information, see Membership and Subscriptions.

Journal Submissions

The Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society is a blind refereed journal, publishing high quality articles on all aspects of bibliography. Issues include substantial articles as well as brief notes. Whilst submissions on all subjects are welcome, the Editor particularly welcomes those which have, in the widest sense, some Cambridge connections—those, for example, which deal with manuscripts or printed books in Cambridge libraries, books printed at Cambridge or written by Cambridge authors. Offers of papers for the Transactions and requests for the stylesheet should be addressed to the Editor, Liam Sims, Rare Books Specialist, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR (email: Issues of the journal published before 2016 are available via JSTOR.

The 2020 issue of TCBS (v. XVII, part 1) is expected in Spring 2021. The 2019 issue of TCBS - a special issue of papers from a 2017 conference on Henry Bradshaw - was published in early 2020. It forms part 4 of volume 16 of the Transactions. Non-members wishing to buy a copy may do so via the Paypal link below. The contents are as follows:

Peter Murray Jones: Henry Bradshaw & the manuscripts of King's College

David McKitterick: Henry Bradshaw as Librarian

Paul Russell: "Something of a more congenial nature": Henry Bradshaw, Old Breton, and the editing of Celtic glossed texts

Richard Beadle: Bradshaw's Chaucer: some preliminary obvervations

Lotte Hellinga: Bradshaw & incunabula

Arnold Hunt: Commemorating Bradshaw: G. W. Prothero's Memoir of Henry Bradshaw.

Membership & Subscriptions

Applications for membership should be addressed to the Treasurer, Cambridge Bibliographical Society, University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR (email: Subscriptions (£15.00 or $25.00 a year) cover the twelve months from 1 January, and are payable to CAMBRIDGE BIBLIOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY, University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR. Members will be invoiced each autumn for the following year's subscription. Existing members may renew their membership via the Paypal links here.

Officers 2020–2021

  • President: Professor David McKitterick
  • Vice-President: [vacant following the death of Professor E. J. Kenney]
  • Editor: Liam Sims
  • Assistant Editor: Dr James Freeman
  • Hon. Secretary: Liam Sims
  • Assistant Secretary: Lucille Munoz
  • Programme Secretary: Dr Sophie Defrance
  • Treasurer: William Hale
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Library

Committee 2020–2021

Dr Nicolas Bell; Dr Tim Eggington; Dr Irene Fabry-Tehranchi; Peter Fox; Peter Jones; Dr Stella Panayotova; Dr Suzanne Reynolds; Dr Teresa Webber; Dr Jill Whitelock.