Book History Online (BHO) is the international bibliography in the field of book and library history. It provides a comprehensive survey of all scholarly publications written from a historical perspective. Included are monographs, articles and reviews dealing with the history of the printed book, its arts, crafts, techniques and equipment, its economic, social and cultural environment, as well as its production, distribution, preservation and description. In particular, BHO contains information on topics such as papermaking, bookbinding, book illustration, type design, typefounding, bibliophily, book collecting, libraries and individuals.
Published in partnership with the University of St Andrews and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP)
Features - Access to nearly 120,000 records
- Logging scholarly publications from the late 19th century until today
- Entries ordered by subject, country or period
- Covering over 40 languages (predominantly German, English, French and Dutch)
- Search by title, author, keyword, language and more
- Personal tools include save searches, search alerts and exporting tools
- Updated regularly
BHO is the online continuation of the
Annual Bibliography of the History of the Printed Book and Libraries (ABHB), initially edited by Hendrik D.L. Vervliet and subsequently by the Department of Special Collections of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Hague). The first volume was published in 1970.
Editor Andrew Pettegree,
University of St AndrewsManaging Editor Graeme Kemp,
University of St AndrewsAssistant Editor Jan Hillgärtner,
University of St AndrewsAdvisory Board Leslie Howsam,
University of Windsor Marieke van Delft,
Koninklijke Bibliotheek - National library of the Netherlands
Andrew Pettegree is Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Director of the
Universal Short Title Catalogue. He is the author of over a dozen books in the fields of Reformation history and the history of communication, including
Reformation and the Culture of Persuasion (Cambridge University Press, 2005),
The Book in the Renaissance (Yale University Press, 2010) and
The Invention of News (Yale University Press, 2014). His most recent book,
Brand Luther: 1517, Print and the Making of the Reformation (Penguin USA) was published in October 2015. His new projects include a study of Newspaper Advertising in the Low Countries and 'Preserving the World’s Rarest Books', a collaborative project with libraries, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.