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History of the Book   Tags: rare books, special collections  

A guide to resources on the the history of printing and the book using materials from University of Maryland Special Collections.
Last Updated: Mar 23, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Welcome to the Special Collections of UM Libraries
Guide to the History of the Book

This guide provides an introduction to special collection resources covering the history of the book.  It highlights materials available in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library, as well as additional online resources. Topics include the historical development of the book, bookbinding, the printing press, book illustrations, the fine press movement, and typography.  To begin, consult the Getting Started menu below or use the tabs at the top of the page to browse the guide.   

The resources covered in this guide are available primarily in the Maryland Room in Hornbake Library.  However, the search strategies and resources discussed may serve as starting point for researching broader topics related to the history of the book.  Additional materials are located in the general collections in McKeldin Library as well as the Art Library.  Consult the Searching the Catalog section of this guide for more information on using the online catalog to locate resources available from the University of Maryland Libraries.  


Special Collections and University Archives

The Maryland Room is located on the first floor of Hornbake Library North and provides access to materials from Special Collections and University Archives.

The Maryland Room is open to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff; faculty, students, and staff from other colleges and universities; local, national, and international scholars; and members of the general public.

Materials accessed in the Maryland Room are only available to view in the reading room, and do not circulate.  For directions, hours, and other information, please visit the Maryland Room homepage.  

Helpful links:


    Getting Started

    There are several places to go to start your research on the history of the book:

    • UM Library Catalog- Information about searching the University of Maryland online library catalog for materials related to the history of the book.

    • Topical Bibliography- A selection of resources covering various aspects of books and printing, arranged into the following topics: Bookbinding/ Bookmaking, Book Trade/ Publishing, Fine Press/ Private Press, Illustrations, Printing Press, Printing in Maryland, and Typography.

    • Historical Bibliography- A selection of resources focusing on book history, arranged into the following areas: general book history, early book history, 1700s -1800s, and 1900s - present, 

    • Rare Book Collections- A list of resources available from Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Maryland's Hornbake Library.

    • Online Resources- Links to online organizations and exhibits dealing with the history of the book.


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