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Detail of the Sheldonian Theatre from David Loggan (1635-1700), Oxonia illustrata (1675).


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Robin Darwall-Smith
5 March 2018 - 5:15pm

The Oxford Bibliographical Society was founded in 1922 to encourage bibliographical research. Membership of the Society is available, on application, to all those interested in manuscripts, printed books and the arts and trades connected with them. Members may attend all the meetings, visits as appropriate, and receive the publications for the years of their membership free.

If you are interested in joining or re-joining the Society, please see the How to Join page.

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OBS Grants for 2018

The Oxford Bibliographical Society is offering an annual series of grants to help in defraying the costs of holding conferences, exhibitions and workshops; to support small projects such as the web-publication of unpublished catalogues of manuscripts and printed books; and to provide assistance to scholars in obtaining reproductions or undertaking essential travel (including accommodation costs) as part of projects whose aims are in line with those of the Oxford Bibliographical Society.

For further details please click here.

Subscriptions for 2018

From 1 January 2018, membership rates will rise (for the first time in twenty years) to the following: Individuals £30 (€35, $45); Subscribers (institutional) £40 (€60, $70); Students £15 (€20, $30); Life Membership £700 (€850, $950).

Subscriptions may be paid by cheque, money order, bank transfer, standing order or PayPal (for the last option please contact the Treasurer at 

A descriptive catalogue of the western manuscripts to c. 1600, in Christ Church, Oxford

The Oxford Bibliographical Society is pleased to announce the publication of the second in its Special Series of Manuscript Catalogues. The volume is A descriptive catalogue of the western manuscripts to c. 1600, in Christ Church, Oxford by Ralph Hanna and David Rundle. The volume retails at £100 but is free to members, existing and new (annual subscription £20).