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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.


17 November 2021: Dr Edwin Rose: 'Empire, Nature and Books in the Cambridge Botanic Garden, 1760 - 1825'

8 December 2021: Dr Laure Miolo: 'An astronomer at work: Lewis of Caerleon (d. c. 1495), his manuscripts, writings and milieux'

24 February 2022: Sarah Fiddyment & Dr Matthew Teasdale: 'Reading beneath the lines: Exploring books through Biocodicology'

23 March 2022: Dr Heather Wolfe (Munby Fellow, 2021-22): 'Writing paper in early modern England'

7 June 2022: AGM, and display of historic collections, at Emmanuel College, followed by drinks & nibbles (5.00-7.00pm - email to reserve a place)

Talks take place in the Milstein Seminar Rooms at the University Library. Doors open at 4.45 and the talks begin at 5.00.

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 and those dated pre-2019 may be purchased using the Paypal links at this page.

The most recent published issue of TCBS was for 2020 (vol. XVII, part 1), which appeared in June 2021. The issue for 2021 (vol. XVII, part 2) is severely delayed and is unlikely to appear before the autumn of 2022. Non-members wishing to buy a copy of the most recent issue may do so via the Paypal link below. The contents are as follows:

Rosalind Lintott: Cuttings of history in a Trinity Hall manuscripts

Matthew Coulter: 'Hec est quedam profetia que fuit inventa': a prophecy in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, MS 372

Dunstan Roberts: Books owned by Sir Thomas Hoby (1530-1566)

Jonathan Reimer: Selling forbidden evangelical books in early Tudor Cambridge

Micha Lazarus: Inventory booklists in legal context

F. J. Norton†: A brief account of paper sizes and printed formats in nineteenth-century Spain

Scot McKendrick: Collecting Greek manuscripts in eighteenth-century England: the origins, scope and legacy of the collections of Richard Mead and Anthony Askew

James Freeman: Unpublished descriptions of western medieval manuscripts at Cambridge University Library

The 2019 issue of TCBS (XVI, part 4), of papers from the 2017 conference on University Librarian Henry Bradshaw can be purchased using the link below.

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.