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Cataloging special collections materials often requires research. These reference sources include information on the parts of a book, the history of the book, and format-specific highlights. These reference sources can be used to inform, confirm, or provide appropriate vocabulary for the cataloger in descriptive work and access points. Several books are located in the Special Collections Research Center Reference area.

Rules & Interpretations



Form / Genre Thesauri

Glossaries / Useful Terms


  • John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors. 7th., with with corrections, additions, and an introduction by Nicolas Barker. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1995. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z1006 .C37 2002. .
  • Geoffrey Glaister, Encyclopedia of the Book. 2nd, with a new introduction by Donald Farren. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1996. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z118 .G55 1996


Descriptive Bibliography

  • Fredson Bowers, Principles of Bibliographical Description. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 1994. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z1001 .B78 1994
  • Philip Gaskell, A New Introduction to Bibliography. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974 (c1972). "reprinted with corrections." Spec. Coll. Z116 .A2 G27 1995
  • R.B. McKerrow, An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students. Winchester: St. Paul's Bibliographies; New Castle, Del: Oak Knoll Press, 1994. D.H. Hill Z1001 .M16

Latin Place Names


  • R.A. Peddie, Place Names in Imprints: An Index to the Latin and Other Forms Used on Title Pages. London: Grafton & Co., 1932. [1968 reprint: Detroit: Gale Research Co.]


Early Printing Terms & Abbreviations

  • Adriano Cappelli, The Elements of Abbreviation in Medieval Latin Paleography. Translated by David Heimann and Richard Kay. Lawrence Kansas: University of Kansas Libraries, 1982. D.H. Hill Z111 .C242 1982
  • Adriano, Cappelli, Lexicon Abbreviaturarum = Dizionario di Abbreviatura Latine ed Italiane Usate nelle Carte e Codici Specialmente del Medio-Evo... 4. ed. Milano: Hoepli, 1949. Spec. Coll. Z111 .C240 1973

Pseudonyms & Anonyms

  • A. A. Barbier. Dictionnaire des Ouvrages Anonymes. 3e. ed., rev. et augm. Paris: P. Daffis, 1872-1879.
  • Samuel Halkett & John Laing. Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous English Literature Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1926-1962. D.H. Hill Ref. PR121 .Z995 1926 v.1-9
  • Michael Holzmann & Bohatta Hanns. Deutsches Anonymen-Lexicon, 1501-1850. Weimar: Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen, 1902.
  • Gaetano Melzi. Dizionario di Opere Anonime e Pseudonime di Scrittori Italiani, o Como Che Sia Aventi Relazione all'Italia. Milano: L. di Giacomo Pirola, 1848-1859.
  • Joseph-Marie Querard, Les supercheries Litteraires Devoiles. 2. ed., considerablement augm., publiee par Gustave Brunet et Pierre Janet. Paris: P. Daffis, 1869-1870.



  • Steinberg, S. H. Five Hundred Years of Printing. New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press, 1996. 4th ed. D.H. Hill Z124 .S8 1996
  • The anatomy of a book : format in the hand-press period [videorecording] / Terry Belanger and Peter Herdrich. – New York, N.Y. : Viking Productions, 1991. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z246 .A53 1991
  • How to operate a book [videorecording, booklet]. New York : Book Arts Press Video Production, c1986. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z701 .H8 1986


Animal Rights

  • Kistler, John M. Animal rights : a subject guide, bibliography, and Internet companion. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, c2000. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z7164 .C45 K57 2000


  • Avery's choice : Five Centuries of Great Architectural Books : One Hundred Years of an Architectural Library, 1890-1990. New York : G.K. Hall, 1997. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z5941 .A94 1997
  • Avery Library. Catalogue of the Avery architectural library. New York, Library of Columbia College, 1895. Design Library Z5945 .A9
  • Hitchcock, Henry Russell. American architectural books; a list of books, portfolios, and pamphlets on architecture and related subjects published in America before 1895 Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press ; London : G. Cumberlege, Oxford University Press, 1946. Design Library Ref. Z5941 .H67


  • Royal Entomological Society of London. Library. Catalogue of the Library of the Royal Entomological Society of London. Boston : G. K. Hall, 1980. Spec. Coll. Ref. Folio QL463 .R732 1980 v.1-5


  • Harvard University. Arnold Arboretum. Library. Catalogue of the library of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Cambridge : Printed at the Cosmos Press, 1914- Spec. Coll. Folio QK475 .H37 1914 v.1-3


  • Arents, George. Tobacco, its history illustrated by the books, manuscripts and engravings in the library of George Arents. New York : The Rosenbach Company, 1937-1952. Spec. Coll. Folio SB273 .A765 1937 v.1-5

Victorian Period

  • King, Edmund M. B. Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings, 1830-1880: A Descriptive Bibliography. British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2003. Spec. Coll. Ref.



  • The Book of Calendars. Frank Parise, editor. New York: Facts on File, 1982. D.H. Hill CE11.B66 1982
  • Adriano Cappelli. Cronologia, Cronografia e Calendario Perpetuo, dal Principio dell'Era Cristiana ai Nostri Giorni. 3. ed. aa.  Milano: Hoepli, 1969.




  • Bryan, Michael. Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers. London : G. Bell, 1903-04. Spec. Coll. Ref. N40 .B79 1903 v.1-5
  • Gascoigne, Bamber. How to identify prints : a complete guide to manual and mechanical processes from woodcut to ink jet. London : Thames and Hudson, 1986. Spec. Coll. Ref. NE850 .G37 1986
  • Plant, animal & anatomical illustration in art & science : a bibliographical guide from the 16th century to the present day / compiled by Gavin D.R. Bridson and James J. White. Winchester : St Paul's Bibliographies in association with Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation ; Detroit : Omnigraphics, 1990. Spec. Coll. Ref. QH46.5 .P53 1990


Graphic Design

  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Aus vollem Halse : russische Buchillustration und Typographie 1900-1930. Munchen ; New York : Prestel, 1993. Spec. Coll. Ref. NC985 .B39 1993
  • Constructivism & futurism : Russian & other. New York : Ex Libris, c1977. (Ex libris ; 6) Spec. Coll. Ref. NX556 .A1 C66 1977
  • Meggs, Philip B. A History of Graphic Design. New York : John Wiley & Sons, c1998. 3rd ed. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z246 .M43 1998
  • Rowell, Margit. The Russian Avant-Garde Book, 1910-1934. New York, N.Y. : Museum of Modern Art ; Distributed by Harry N. Abrams, 2002. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z116 .A3 R67 2002


  • Greenfield, Jane. ABC of Bookbinding : A Unique Glossary with over 700 illustrations for Collectors and Librarians. New Castle, DE : Oak Knoll Press ; Carleton, Nottingham, UK : Plough Press, 2002. Spec. Coll. Ref. Z266.7 .G74 2002

False & Fictious Imprints

  • Gustave Brunet. Imprimeurs Imaginaries et Libraries Supposes. Paris: Tross, 1866.
  • Marino Parenti. Dizionario dei Luoghi di Stampa Flasi, Inventati o Suppositi in Opere di Autori e Tradduttori Italiani. Firenze: Sansoni, 1951.
  • Emil Ottokar Weller. Die Flaschen und Fingierten Druckorte. 2 verm. und verb. Aufl. Leipzig:  W. Engelmann, 1864.
  • Denis B. Woodfield. Surreptitious Printing in England, 1550-1640. New York: Bibliographical Society of America, 1973.