Library of the Written Word

The Library of the Written Word is an international peer-reviewed book series that publishes monographs, edited volumes, source materials and bibliographies on a variety of subjects, related to the history of the book, magazines and newspapers. The series consists of three subseries, each one covering a particular period: The Manuscript World, The Handpress World, and The Industrial World.

The series invites studies in codicology, palaeography, typography, economic history of the trade and the technology of printing. Analytical bibliographies as well as editions of key sources can be included, and studies on the cultural and political role and impact of the written word are also welcome. Where possible, the economic aspects of the book trade should be included in studies published in this series.

The series published an average of six volumes per year over the last 5 years.

Review Quotes

“One of the most outstanding series in the field of European book history.”
Mart van Duijn, Leiden University Libraries. In: Quaerendo, Vol. 44, No. 3 (2014).