Research Summary and Profile
- Research interests:
- Summary of research interests and expertise:
library history, especially of 19th-century private and institutional libraries; bibliography.
- Project summary relevant to Fellowship:
At present I am editing the official wartime diary of the University of London Library: a document kept from August 1939 until 1943, invaluable as a snapshot of daily institutional life and for the insight it gives into the Ministry of Information, which the Library served at this time.
I continue to work on the library of the Victorian mathematician and mathematical historian Augustus De Morgan.
- Publication Details
Date Details 31-Dec-2022 Augustus De Morgan's Incunabula Contextualised
In: Spotlights on Incunabula: Production, Reception, Collection, ed. by Anette Hagan (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming 2023)
28-Oct-2022 “Rare Book Librarianship and Historical Bibliography”
in British Librarianship and Information Work 2016-20, edited by J.H. Bowman ([London]: J.H. Bowman, 2022), pp. 137-56
01-Aug-2022 Review of: Bibliotheken in Grossbritannien: Beiträge zur Bibliotheksgeschichte, by Gernot U. Gabel
Library & Information History, 38 (2022), 157-8
01-Aug-2022 Review of: 'Ein Reichtum, den kein Mass bestimmen kann': Die Sondersammlungen der Universitätsbibliothek Augsburg, ed. by Ulrich Hohoff, Peter Stoll and Andreas Kosuch
Library & Information History, 38 (2022), 160-1.
22-Jul-2022 ‘More Product, Less Process’ (MPLP): An Early Printed Book Project'
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 54 (2022), 532-40.
01-Jun-2022 Review of: 'Lives in Book History: Changing Contours of Research over Forty Years', ed. by Robin Myers, Michael Harris and Giles Mandelbrote
The Book Collector, 71 (summer 2022), 366-7
15-Dec-2021 Why Cataloguing is Cool
Journal of the Australian Library and Information Association, 70(4), forthcoming Dec. 2021
30-Sep-2021 The London Rare Books School
In: Teaching the History of the Book, ed. by Emily Todd and Matteo Pangallo (Modern Languages Association, forthcoming 2021)
01-Sep-2021 Autism, Librarianship and their Fit
GAP (Good Autism Practice), 22 (2021), 32-9
30-Apr-2020 Augustus De Morgan (1806-71), his Reading and his Library
In Mary Hammond (ed.), The Edinburgh History of Reading, vol. : Modern Readers (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020), pp. 62-82
05-Dec-2019 Review of: Provenance Research in Book History: A Handbook, new edn, by David Pearson
Library & Information History, 35 (2019), 182-3
02-Sep-2019 Review of: The Book in Britain: A Historical Introduction, by Daniel Allington et al.
The Book Collector, 68 (2019), 578-80
08-Aug-2019 Review of: Through the Pages: 250 Years of the Leeds Library, ed. by Ruth Robbins and Christopher Webster
Library & Information History, 35 (2019), 123-4
14-Jun-2019 'The Earliest Books at the University of London: A Supplement'
Library & Information History, 35 (2019), 40-43
15-May-2019 Review of: The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others, by sidney E. Berger
In: 'Library & Information History', 34 (2018), 236-7
15-Feb-2019 Review of: Catalogue of the Pepys Library at Magdalene College Cambridge. Supplementary Series, Volume II. Collections I: Maritime, Religious, Political. Edited by C.S. Knighton
'The Book Collector', 68 (spring 2019), pp. 183-5
15-Feb-2019 Review of: Die Zukunft des Sammelns an wissenschaftlichen Bibliotheken, ed. by Michael Knoche
In: 'Library & Information History', 34 (2018), 186-7
12-Sep-2018 ‘Ossified Collections: The Past Encapsulated in British Institutions Today’
In: Collecting the Past: British Collectors and their Collections from the 18th to the 20th Centuries, ed. by Toby Burrows and Cynthia Johnston (London: Routledge, 2019), pp. 113-38
22-May-2018 'Rare Book and Special Collections in Overview: Producing a National Directory'
RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage, 19(1) (spring 2018), 14-27.
13-Mar-2018 Folios in Context: Collecting Shakespeare at the University of London
The Library, 19 (2018), 39-62
01-Sep-2017 Review of: Story Time: Essays on American Children's Literature from the Betsy Beinecke Collection, ed. by Timothy Young
The Library, 18(3), 2017, 357-9
01-May-2017 Book review: The University of Glasgow Library: Friendly Shelves, edited by Peter V. Davies et al.
Library & Information History, 33 (2017), 147-8
28-Feb-2017 'Rare Book Librarianship and Historical Bibliography'
In: British Librarianship and Information Work, 2011-2015, ed. by J.H. Bowman (London: J.H. Bowman, 2017), pp. 216-38
01-Feb-2017 Book review: Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book, by Emma Smith
Library & Information History, 33 (2017), 70-1
31-Aug-2016 Review of: A History of Modern Librarianship: Constructing the Heritage of Western Cultures, ed. by Pamela Spence Richards, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Marja Dalbello
Library & Information History, 32 (2016), 229-30
01-Aug-2016 'National Service: The University of London Library during the Second World War'
Historical Research, 89 (2016), 550-66.
20-Jun-2016 Review of: Andrea Immel and Brian Alderson, Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song-Book
Review of: Tommy Thumb's Pretty Song-Book: The First Collection of Nursery Rhymes. A Facsimile Edition with a History and Annotations. By ANDREA IMMEL and BRIAN ALDERSON. In: The Library 17 (2) (2016), pp. 193-194
27-May-2016 Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, 3rd edn
London: Facet Publishing, 2016
01-Mar-2016 'The University of London’s Earliest Books (1838): 185 Volumes Presented by Nathaniel Vye, Esq.'
Library & Information History, 32 (2016), 100-11
13-Feb-2015 ‘Victorian Readers and their Library Records Today’
In: Matthew Bradley and Juliet John (ed.), Reading and the Victorians (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), pp. 99-110
30-Jan-2015 Review of: Historical Dictionary of Librarianship, by Mary Ellen Quinn
Library & Information History, 31 (2015), 59-60
01-Jan-2015 ‘Books in the Library’
In: The Cambridge Companion to the History of the Book, ed. by Leslie Howsam (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), pp. 17-35
22-Dec-2014 ‘London Pride in Context: Treasures and the Library Treasures Volume in Britain Today’
IFLA Journal, 40 (2014), 244-53
13-Nov-2014 'The Establishment of a First-Class University Library”: The Beginnings of the University of London Library'
History of Universities, 28 (2014), 44-65
17-Mar-2014 Review of: Robert J. Kirkpatrick, From the Penny Dreadful to the Ha-Penny Dreadfuller ...
The Library, 7th ser. 15 (2014), 89-91
07-Oct-2013 Review of: A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse ..., by Roger E. Stoddard
The Library, 7th ser. 14 (2013), 355-7
07-Oct-2013 'Making Treasures Pay? Benefits of the Library Treasures Volume Considered'
SCONUL Focus, 58 (2013), 56-61
01-Jun-2013 ‘Modern Special Collections Cataloguing: A University of London Case Study’
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 45 (2013), 168-76
05-Mar-2013 Review of: A Bibliography of Unauthorised American Editions of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter 1904–1980, by John R. Turner (Stroud: Ian Hodgkins and Co., 2012)
The Library, 7th ser. 14 (2013), 99-100
01-Jan-2013 Review of: The Library and Archive Collections at the University of Aberdeen, ed. by Iain Beavan, Peter Davidson and Jane Stevenson
Library & Information History, 29 (2013), 59-60
01-Jan-2012 Senate House Library, University of London
Ed. with Christopher Pressler (London: Scala, 2012)
01-Jan-2012 'Senate House Library: The First Hundred Years'
In: Christopher Pressler and Karen Attar (ed.), Senate House Library, University of London (London: Scala, 2012), pp. x-xxi
01-Jan-2012 ‘The Cowell Manuscript, or, The First Baconian: MS294 at the University of London’
Shakespeare Survey, 65 (2012), 323-36
01-Jan-2012 'Rare Book Librarianship and Historical Bibliography'
In: J.H. Bowman (ed.), British Librarianship and Information Work 2006-2010 (London: J.H. Bowman, 2012), pp. 184-206
01-Jan-2012 ‘Illustration, Book History and Research Facilitation: Some Observations’
Art Libraries Journal, 37(3) (2012), 8-14
01-Jan-2011 ‘The M.S. Anderson Collection of Writings on Russia Printed Between 1525 and 1917: An Introduction’
Solanus, 22 (2011), 63-78
01-Jan-2011 'J. Meriton and C. Dumontet (ed.), Small Books for the Common Man'
In: The Library, 7th ser. 12 (2011), 300-302
01-Jan-2011 J.H. Bowman (ed.), A Critical Edition of the Private Diaries of Robert Proctor: The Life of a Librarian at the British Museum
Library & Information History, 27 (2011), 52-3
01-Jan-2010 M. Bland, A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts
Library & Information History, 26 (2010), 289-90
01-Jan-2010 various entries
In Henry Woudhuysen and Michael Suarez (ed.), Oxford Companion to the Book (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)
01-Jan-2010 G, Mandelbrote and B. Taylor (ed.), 'Libraries within the Library: The Origins of the British Library's Printed Collections '
The Library, 7th ser. 11 (2010), 358-9
01-Jan-2010 ‘Russia Revealed, or, Special Collection Promotion: A Senate House Library Case Study’
SCONUL Focus, 50 (2010), 79-83
01-Jan-2009 'Incunabula at Senate House Library: Growth of a Collection'
Library & Information History, 25 (2009), 97-116
01-Jan-2009 D. McKitterick (ed.), The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, vol. 6: 1830-1914
Library & Information History, 25 (2009), 282-3
01-Jan-2008 A. Black and P. Hoare (eds), The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland, vol. 3: 1850-2000.
Library History, 24 (2008), 93-4
01-Jan-2008 M.M. Gatch, The Library of Leander van Ess and the earliest American Collectors of Reformation Pamphlets
Library History, 24 (2008), 94-6
01-Jan-2008 'What, How and Why: Accessing Incunabula at Senate House Library, University of London'
Alexandria, 20 (2008), 105-20
01-Jan-2007 'From Private to Public: The Durning-Lawrence Library at the University Of London'
The Private Library, 5th ser. 10 (2007), 137-56
01-Jan-2007 'Rare Book Librarianship and Historical Bibliography'
In J.H. Bowman (ed.), British Librarianship and Information Work, 2001-2005, (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007), pp. 149-172
01-Jan-2006 'Why Appoint Professionals? A Student Cataloguing Project'
Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 38 (2006), 173-85
01-Jan-2005 'Douglas Foskett's Uzanne Collection'
The Private Library, 5th ser. 8 (2005), 111-26
01-Jan-2005 'Provost George Thackeray of King's College Cambridge and his Books: a New Look'
The Book Collector, 54 (2005), 389-407
01-Jan-2004 'Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence: A Baconian and his Books'
The Library, 7th ser. 5 (2004), 294-315
01-Jan-2003 'Durning-Lawrence Online: Benefits of a Retrospective Catalogue Conversion Project'
Libri, 53 (2003), 142-8
01-Jan-2002 'A Forgotten Donor to King's College Cambridge: John Heath'
Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, 12:3 (2002), 293-312
01-Jan-2002 'More than a Mythologist: Jacob Bryant as Book Collector'
The Library, 7th ser. 3 (2002), 351-66
01-Jan-2002 'Jane Austen at King's College Cambridge'
The Book Collector, 51 (2002), 197-221
01-Jan-2002 'The Practice of Bliss'
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 34(4) (2002), 47-65
01-Jan-2001 'Stefan Heym's King David Report: a Microcosmic Precursor'
Neophilologus, 85 (2001), 273-86
01-Jan-2000 'The Archive and the Artist: the Stefan Heym Archive Revisited'
German Life and Letters, N.S. 53 (2000), 73-88
01-Jan-2000 'The Application of the Bliss Bibliographic Classification in Cambridge College Libraries'
New Review of Academic Librarianship, 6 (2000), 35-49
Publications available on SAS-space:
Date Details Sep-2006 Why Appoint Professionals? A Student Cataloguing Project
Students have provided cheap successful labour for routine retrospective cataloguing projects. The current article examines a library project which went further, using university students with minimum training to catalogue its undergraduate stock from the book in hand to AACR2, level 2, allegedly to professional standard. The article discusses the faults made in MARC coding, descriptive cataloguing and subject cataloguing, noting the nature of the errors and their results. The investigation concludes that intelligence alone does not guarantee library ability, and that cataloguing beyond the creation of minimum records is not an intuitive task to be picked up without training. Hidden expenses are attached. A derisory attitude towards library skills is unjustified, and a place remains for qualified librarians to do qualified library work.Pre-print of article published in Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 38(3) (Sept. 2006), 173-85.
Aug-2005 Douglas Foskett's Uzanne Collection
From Private to Public: the Durning-Lawrence Library at the University of London
"The Establishment of a First-Class University Library”: The Beginnings of the University of London Library
- Relevant Events
Date Details 28-Nov-2022 Owners Writing in Books: Augustus De Morgan and Others
Conference paper, “Embellished”: conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 28-29 Nov. 2022 (28 Nov. 2022)
18-Mar-2021 The Reader in the Book: Books, Reading and Libraries in Fiction
Academic Organiser, conference hosted by the Institute of English Studies, 18-26 Mar. 2021.
22-Jun-2019 ''An Unsung Heroine: Miss Muriel Sinton Quinn'
Conference paper, 'Finding the Women in Library & Information History', CILIP LIHG Conference, John Rylands Library, Manchester, 22 June 2019.
24-Jan-2019 'Unsung Powers: Women who shaped Senate House Library"
Friends of Senate House Library annual lecture, 24 Jan. 2019
26-Oct-2018 'Women and the Book'
Academic organiser of conference, 'Women and the Book', Institute of English Studies, London, 26 Oct. 2018
21-Sep-2018 Clouds with Silver Linings: Wartime Donations to the University of London Library
Conference paper: 'Books, Readers, and Reading: Celebrating 250 Years of the Leeds Library', Leeds, 20-22 Sept. 2018
21-Mar-2018 Herbert Somerton Foxwell and the Goldsmiths’ Company's Library of Economic Literature
Seminar paper, Goldsmiths, University of London, 21 March 2018
14-Dec-2017 'Rare Book and Special Collections: A British Perspective'
Lecture to the Australian Library and Information Association, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Dec. 2017
02-Jun-2017 'Collecting Elzeviers'
Conference paper (invited speaker): 'The Elzieviers and their Contemporaries: Reading, Writing and Selling Scholarship', Insititute of English Studies, University of London, 2 June 2017
18-Oct-2016 'A Tale of Special Collections: The Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the UK and Republic of Ireland, 3rd Edition
Lecture to the Aberystwyth Bibliographical Group, Aberystwyth, 18 Oct. 2016
15-Apr-2016 ‘Mummifying Collections: An Institutional Overview’
Conference paper (invited speaker), ‘Collectors, Collections and Collecting in Britain: From Sloane to Chester Beatty’, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 15 Apr. 2016
24-Mar-2016 'Rare Books and Special Collections: The Scottish Scene’
Lecture to the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, Edinburgh, 24 Mar. 2016
15-Dec-2015 'Collecting Shakespeare at the University of London'
Lecture to the Bibliogaphical Society, 15 Dec. 2015
13-Nov-2015 'Collecting Magic: Harry Price et al.'
Symposium paper (invited speaker), 'The Arcane and the Archive', Senate House Library and the Warburg Institute, University of London, 13 Nov. 2015
02-Sep-2015 'Discovering Collections for the Directory'
Keynote address, Rare Books & Special Collections Group Annual Study Conerence, London, 2 Sept. 2015.
23-Jan-2015 ‘Piety at the Godless Institution: The Earliest Books at the University of London Library’
Conference paper, ‘Community Libraries: Connecting Readers in the Atlantic World, c.1650-c.1850’, Dr Williams’s Library and Queen Mary University of London, 22-24 Jan. 2015
25-Nov-2014 'Our Island’s Printed Heritage: Special Collections in the British Isles Today'
Senate House Library Friends annual lecture, 25 Nov. 2014
23-Jul-2014 ‘”The Show Must Go On”: The University of London Library’s Book Acquisitions, 1939-1945’
Conference paper, Print Networks Conference, Oxford, 22-23 July 2014
09-Jul-2014 ‘Trash, Treasure or Trashy Treasure at the Institutional Library’
Conference paper (guest speaker),6th annual conference of the Victorian Popular Fiction Association, ‘Victorian Treasures and Trash’, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 8-10 July 2014
04-Jul-2014 ‘The University of London Library during the Great War’
Conference paper, 83rd Anglo-American Conference of Historians, ‘The Great War at Home’, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 3-4 July 2014
23-Nov-2013 'A Straitened Citizen: The Legacy of Herbert Somerton Foxwell'
Conference paper, 'Blackburn's "Worthy Citizen": The Philanthropic Legacy of R.E. Hart', Institute of English Studies, University of London, 23 Nov. 2013
23-Jul-2013 Bookish Delights: Selecting Russian and English Treasures
Conference paper, 4th international conference, ‘Language, Culture and Society in Russian/English Studies’ conference, Institute of English Studies and Russian Academy of Sciences et al., London, 22-23 July 2013.
01-Jul-2013 The History of Libraries from the Middle Ages to the Present
Course convener and tutor. London Rare Books School. July 1-5, 2013.
16-Mar-2013 'A Writer and his Library: Augustus De Morgan'
Conference paper, 'Writers and their Libraries: an International Conference, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 15-16 March 2013
01-Jan-2012 ‘The University of London Library during the Second World War’
Seminar paper, History of Libraries Seminar (Institute of English Studies / Institute of Historical Research / CILIP Library & Information History Group), 1 May 2012
01-Jan-2012 “The Collections of Senate House Library”
Lecture, London Rare Books School (25 June and 2 July 2012)
01-Jan-2012 The Origins of the University of London Library
Conference paper, "Buildings, Books, and Blackboards: Intersecting Narratives", ANZHES, MIV and Australian Library Forum conference, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia, 28 Nov. - 1 Dec. 2012
01-Jan-2011 ‘FULL and SHeLF: One Library’s Experience of Friends’ Institutions’
‘Hard Times’, Historic Libraries Forum annual meeting, London, 15 Nov. 2011
01-Jan-2010 'Views of Culture and Society: the M. S. Anderson Collection of [Western] Writings about Russia, 1525–1917'
Conference paper, ‘Language, Culture and Society in Russian/English Studies’ conference, Institute of English Studies and Russian Academy of Sciences et al., London, 20 July 2010
01-Jan-2009 ‘Augustus De Morgan: his Library, his Reading, and the Records’
Conference paper, ‘Reading and the Age of Gladstone’ conference, St Deiniol’s, Hawarden, 23 Jan. 2009
01-Jan-2008 ‘Notes in Books and Elsewhere: the Senate House Library Experience’
Conference paper, ‘Evidence of Reading, Reading the Evidence’, IES conference, London, 21 July 2008
01-Jan-1900 Reviews Editor and member of editorial board, Library & Information History