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OBS publications are now available from Blackwell's Rare Books

The Oxford Bibliographical Society's publications are now available from Blackwell's Rare Books in Oxford. 

Blackwell's will fulfil orders for new publications, and for those from the back-list, to members (at the special members' prices), non-members, institutions and the book-trade.  To order Monographs and titles from the Occasional Publications series please contact:

Blackwell's Rare Books
48-51 Broad Street

Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of The Queen's College

The Oxford Bibliographical Society is pleased to announce the publication of the first in its Special Series of Manuscript Catalogues. The volume is Peter Kidd’s much-anticipated Descriptive Catalogue of the Medieval Manuscripts of The Queen’s College, Oxford. The volume retails at £90, but is free to members, existing and new (annual subscription £30).

Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles

Under a new concordat between the Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles and the Oxford Bibliographical Society, members of one society are invited to attend the meetings of the other. The meetings of the Bibliophiles will be listed on the OBS website, along with our own, from the beginning of this coming term (Michaelmas 2016).

Claire Bolton's The fifteenth century printing practices of Johann Zainer, Ulm, 1473–1478

The author has brought her forty years of letterpress printing experience to the examination of the printing practices of Zainer during his first five years of operation in Ulm. The 1470s were a vital period in the development of printing – new practitioners were taking up the trade and, as they did so, adapting existing methods and developing new ones. The two-pull press was introduced during this decade in most European centres.

Annual General Meeting 15 June 2016, followed by Anthony Bale on The Book of Margery Kemp

Wednesday, 15 June, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

Lecture Theatre, Weston Library, Broad Street

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING to begin at 4.30 p.m.  To be followed at 5.15, after a brief interval for tea, by:

Forthcoming online Supplement to David G. Selwyn, The Library of Thomas Cranmer (Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1996).

It is now nearly twenty years since the Society published The Library of Thomas Cranmer [LTC] and during the intervening period a number of ‘new’ Cranmer items have been reported.

Book Trade History Conference announced

Applications are now open for the 37th Conference on Book Trade History, Words on Paper: Transmission in Manuscript and Print, from the Fifteenth Century,  to be held in London’s Stationers’ Hall on 29/30th November 2015.  Conference delegates will also have the rare opportunity for a guided tour of the world-famous College of Arms.

An application form and full details can be viewed here:

Registration as a Charity

The Oxford Bibliographical Society has now been registered as a charity, with the Registered Charity Number 1162319.


The Annual General Meeting of 17 June 2015 has been moved (from the McKenna Room at Christ Church) to:

The Sir Charles Frank Lecture Theatre at Lincoln College’s EPA Centre on Museum Road, Oxford.

The annual accounts have now been examined and passed by the Auditor and will be available at the meeting. They are also available here.