Studies in Bibliography

Published for
The Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia by the University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville

Edited by David L. Vander Meulen
Founding Editor: Fredson Bowers (1905-1991)
Assistant to the Editor: Elizabeth Lynch

Brief History of Studies in Bibliography

A Brief History of the Print Journal

Each year Studies in Bibliography presents a wide range of scholarly articles on bibliography and textual criticism. Founded by Professor Fredson Bowers of the University of Virginia, Studies made its first appearance in 1948 as Papers of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, a title that changed to its familiar form the following year. Within its first decade Studies in Bibliography established itself as a forum for the best textual and bibliographical work being done anywhere in the world, a role it seeks to maintain under the editorship of Bowers's successor, David L. Vander Meulen.

In its first fifty-six volumes Studies has published the work of 539 writers, who have contributed 1,000 pieces filling 15,421 pages. A high proportion of these articles have become standard works of reference, including W. W. Greg's "The Rationale of Copy-Text" (Vol. 3), William B. Todd's "Observations on the Incidence and Interpretation of Press Figures" (Vol. 3), Allan H. Stevenson's "Watermarks Are Twins" (Vol. 4), Bruce Harkness's "Bibliography and the Novelistic Fallacy" (Vol. 12), D. F. McKenzie's "Printers of the Mind: Some Notes on Bibliographical Theories and Printing-House Practices" (Vol. 22), and, to choose among many of his, G. Thomas Tanselle's "The Editorial Problem of Final Authorial Intention" (Vol. 29).

A Brief History of the Electronic Journal

In 1995 the Council of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia, aware of the powerful advantages of electronic publishing and of their stewardship of the scholarship contained in Studies, committed funds to place the complete back file of Studies in Bibliography online. In 2003 the Council published that material as an ebook as well, making Studies the first scholarly journal to be available in that form. The reasons for their decision are summarized by G. Thomas Tanselle, President of the Society's Council:

"For the past half-century Studies in Bibliography has been at the heart of bibliographical developments. Its fifty volumes, essential reading when they were published, will continue to be essential reading- not only because they are central to the bibliographical history of the times but also because they contain an extraordinary number of fundamental articles of permanent interest."

In full concurrence with Tanselle's statement and with the hope of enhancing ongoing bibliographical work and encouraging new developments in the field, the Council of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia offers this electronic version of Studies in Bibliography.


Subscription to the print version of Studies in Bibliography is obtained by membership in the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia. Membership is open both to individuals and to institutions with an interest in the goals and objectives of the Society. Among current members are academics, antiquarian booksellers, book and manuscript collectors, curators and research librarians, and others with interests in bibliographical or textual studies.

Five categories of membership are available: Subscribing Members ($55/year), Contributing Members (at least $150/year), Patrons (at least $250/year), Benefactors (at least $500/year), and Student Members ($27.50/year). Contributing Members, Patrons, and Benefactors receive all publications of the Society and by their contributions assist in furthering the work of the Society. The names of individual and institutional members are listed in the Society's journal, Studies in Bibliography.

All members receive Studies in Bibliography, founded by Fredson Bowers, now edited by David L. Vander Meulen and published annually since 1948. Membership dues for 2002 include Volume 55 (2002) of Studies.

Checks for membership should be payable to the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia and be sent to the following address. Foreign members should remit funds in U.S. dollars. For payment by VISA or MasterCard, please include the following information: VISA or MasterCard; account number; expiration date; your name as it appears on the card.

Anne G. Ribble, Executive Secretary
Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia
Alderman Library
PO Box 400152
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4152
Phone: (434) 924-7013 E-mail:

The current issue of the print version is available for sale from the University of Virginia Press. For many of the back issues, a print version is available for sale from the Executive Secretary.


The editors invite articles and notes on analytical bibliography, textual criticism, manuscript study, the history of printing and publishing, as well as related matters of method and evidence. These should conform to the recommendations of the Modern Language Association of America. All copy, including quotations and notes, should be double-spaced. The Society will consider the publication of bibliographical monographs for separate issue. Send manuscripts to:

David L. Vander Meulen
University of Virginia
Department of English
219 Bryan Hall
PO Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121

Print Errata

One unforeseen benefit of highly accurate keyboarding (99.995% fidelity to print source) coupled with rigorous post-keyboarding verification of error is that we have a high degree of success in unearthing printer's errors.

These typographic mistakes are keyboarded faithfully, and a careful machine-aided proofing of the resulting electronic file allows us to provide a version of this scholarship that is more accurate than its print counterpart. We are pleased to offer this list of corrections, which have been made in the electronic files.

Print Errata

Last modified: 19 January 2005

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