The Society's Annual General Meeting will be held at The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 17 October 2017.


From time to time the Society awards a Gold Medal for distinguished services to bibliography to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of the subject and the furtherance of the Society’s aims. Forty-three awards have been made since the Medal Fund was established in 1929; recipients since 1990 have been Robin Alston, Nicolas Barker, Peter Davison, Ian Doyle, Bernhard Fabian, Mirjam Foot, Lotte Hellinga, Don McKenzie, David McKitterick, Henri-Jean Martin, Paul Needham, Dennis Rhodes, G. Thomas Tanselle and Andrew Watson.

Call For Papers

The Elzeviers and their Contemporaries: Reading, Writing, and Selling Scholarship
Friday 2 June 2017, Woburn Suite, Senate House
Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London

The Library Christmas 2016 Virtual Edition

Our next Virtual Issue is up and running: an editorial and nine articles on 'The Library On Shakespeare', guest-edited by Eric Rasmussen.

English Book Owners in the Seventeenth Century

David Pearson has submitted a new update for his list of English Book Owners in the Seventeenth Century.



Mania and Imagination: Perils and pleasures of the private collector

The Society would like to bring to the attention of the membership the following conference:

Mania and Imagination: Perils and pleasures of the private collector, present and future

The conference will take place at King's College, Cambridge 18-19 June 2016. More information is available online at:


Another book from John Dee's library

Elizabeth Quarmby Lawrence has reported a newly discovered item from John Dee's library: a copy of Hector Boece, Scotorum historiae a prima gentis origine, Paris, 1574, in Edinburgh University Library.

See the full in the new list of additions and corrections to Julian Roberts and Andrew Watson, John Dee's Library Catalogue (Bibliographical Society, 1990):

Book owned by John Dee in the Herzen Library, Kirov

Another new item has been reported from the Herzen Library in Kirov, Russia, for the supplemental list of books owned by John Dee.


Residential Scholarships for PhD/Post-Doc Scholars at Vittore Branca Center (Venice)

The “Vittore Branca” International Center for the Study of Italian Culture offers two different types of residential scholarships to scholars wishing to spend a research period in Venice between May 2016 and May 2017: 6 months (PhD) and 3 months (post-doc).

G. Thomas Tanselle Awarded Society's Gold Medal

G. Thomas Tanselle has been chosen as the recipient of the Society’s 2015 Gold Medal.  A date for the presentation in London will be announced in due course.