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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.

Programme 2019–2020

Milstein Seminar Rooms, Cambridge University Library, 5:00pm, with tea from 4.30.

Tuesday 12 November 2019: Dr Ben Griffin (Faculty of History, Cambridge), co-curator of the University Library's new exhibition, 'The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge', will lead a tour of the exhibition.

Wednesday 5 February 2020: Dr Andrew Dunning (Munby Fellow) will speak on his research, on the theme 'Unravelling a Manuscript's Collaborators'.

Wednesday 18 March 2020: Dr Georgi Parpulov (University of Birmingham) will speak on 'Orphaned Leaves: Eight Pages from the History of Byzantine Painting'.

Thursday 12 May 2020: Dr Jean-Pascal Pouzet (University of Limoges & CESCM, Poitiers) will speak on 'The Library of Richard Holdsworth (1590-1649): New Light on the Manuscripts'.

Monday 8th June 2020: Tea & the AGM followed by a private tour of the Old Library at Jesus College

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.

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.

Officers 2019–2020

  • President: Professor David McKitterick
  • Vice-President: 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 2019–2020

Dr Nicolas Bell; Dr Tim Eggington; Peter Fox, Dr Stella Panayotova; Dr Suzanne Reynolds; Dr Teresa Webber; Dr Jill Whitelock.