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The Centre for the History of the Book


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Welcome to the CHB

BOOK HISTORY is an area of interdisciplinary enquiry, drawing on the methods of Bibliography, Social History, Literary Criticism, and Cultural Theory. Its specific objects of study include literacy and reading practices, relations among publishers, authors, and readers, and media production technology.

The Centre for the History of the Book (CHB) was established in 1995 as an international and interdisciplinary centre for advanced research into all aspects of the material culture of the text - its production, circulation, and reception from manuscript to the electronic text.

Serving a community of over 30 scholars across several university departments, the CHB is today an internationally recognised centre dedicated to the promotion of Bibliography and Book History.

From the Archives . . .

Persian Classic ROBERT HILLENBRAND on a Persian classic
Wode Psalter JANE DAWSON and ANDREW GROUT on the Wode Psalter
Emigrant readers BILL BELL on emigrant readers (pdf)
/chbn2002_5.htm DANIEL TRAISTER on dead books

Latest News...

Call for Papers: 'Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print' (26 July 2014)

Call for Papers: 'Creativity and Commerce in the Age of Print' (26 July 2014)

Small Press

AHRC Early Career Fellowship: Small Presses in London and Paris 1920-1940


Leverhume Early Career Fellowship: The Bannatyne MS and its Influence

Medieval Bible

The Medieval Bible in Scotland: Carnegie Research Project


Edinburgh Book History Seminar, Spring 2012


Material Cultures Conference, 16-18 July 2010

Medieval Bible

Late Medieval Bible Conference, 12-14 July 2010

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Contact Details

Centre for the History of the Book
22a Buccleuch Place
The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh EH8 9LN

+44 (0)131 651 1716