Detail of the Clarendon Building, Broad Street, as it appears in an etching used on the title-pages of many of the books printed at the Oxford University Press in the eighteenth century.


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The Oxford Bibliographical Society, founded in 1922, exists to promote a shared interest in bibliographical matters generally, whether relating to manuscripts, printed books, libraries or the arts and trades connected with them. It does this by arranging a series of lectures on a wide range of topics running through the course of the academic year, by the publication of monographs, through grant-giving, and by summer visits to places possessing notable bibliographical resources (including universities, ancient public schools, cathedrals, public and private libraries, country houses and palaces). Visits to college and university libraries and their supporting services within Oxford also take place from time to time. The Society has, and is actively extending, relations with societies and institutions pursuing similar aims and purposes both within the United Kingdom and abroad. An Annual General Meeting of members is held in Oxford each summer term, a lecture of broad interest being the centre-piece of such occasions. Members of the Society are entitled both to attend all lectures and to receive a copy of each monograph published, without payment beyond the annual membership fee.  

Recent lectures have included: 'What the preliminaries can tell us about Early Modern Spanish books’, ‘Printing in the shadow of Aldus: the book as a work of art in the twenty-first century’ and 'The archival afterlife of Francis Bacon: from Hartlib to Harley via Lambeth'. The most recent monographs published include William Poole's John Fell's New Year books and The letters of Jacob Tonson, edited by Stephen Bernard. Further monographs, including catalogues of the medieval manuscripts at Magdalen College, Oxford, are in course of preparation.

Oxford Bibliographical Society. Registered Charity Number 1162319.