Selected Further Reading

The History of the Book

Ronald B. McKerrow, An Introduction to Bibliography for Literary Students (1927)

Fredson Bowers, Principles of Bibliographical Description (1949)

Lucien Febvre & Henri-Jean Martin, L’apparition du livre (1958); The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450–1800, trans. David Gerard (1976)

Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (1962)

W.W. Greg, Collected Papers (1966)

Philip Gaskell, A New Introduction to Bibliography (1972)

Elizabeth Eisenstein, The Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1979)

Robert Darnton, “What Is the History of Books?” in The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in
Cultural History

Lisa Jardine, Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print (1993)

Harold Love, Scribal Publication in Seventeenth-Century England (1993)

Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (1998)

David McKitterick, Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order, 1450–1830 (2003)

James Raven, The Business of Books: Booksellers and the English Book Trade, 1450–1850 (2007)

Andrew Pettegree, The Book in the Renaissance (2010)

The History of Reading

H.S. Bennett, English Books and Readers, 1558-1603 (1965)

Wolfgang Iser, The Act of Reading: A Theory of Aesthetic Response (1978)

Umberto Eco, The Role of the Reader: Explorations in the Semiotics of Texts (1979)

David Cressy, Literacy and the Social Order: Reading and Writing in Tudor and Stuart England (1980)

Stanley Fish, Is There a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities (1980)

Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller (1982)

Roger Chartier, The Order of Books: Readers, Authors, and Libraries in Europe between the 14th and 18th Centuries, trans. Lydia Cochrane (1993)

Robert Darnton, “First Steps Toward a History of Reading,” in The Kiss of Lamourette: Reflections in Cultural History (1990)

Earle Havens, Commonplace Books (2001)

William Sherman, John Dee: The Politics of Reading and Writing in the English Renaissance (1995)

Eugene R. Kintgen, Reading in Tudor England (1996)

James Raven, Helen Small, and Naomi Tadmor (eds), The Practice and Representation of Reading in England (1996)

Anthony Grafton, “Is the History of Reading a Marginal Enterprise? Guillaume Budé and His Books,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 91:2 (1997)

Anthony Grafton, Commerce with the Classics: Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers (1997)

Guglielmo Cavallo and Roger Chartier (eds), A History of Reading in the West (1999)

Kevin Sharpe, Reading Revolutions: The Politics of Reading in Early Modern England (2000)

Anthony Grafton, “John Dee Reads Books of Magic,” in Sabrina Alcorn Barron (ed.), The Reader Revealed (2001)

Ann Blair, “Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload, ca. 1550-1700,” Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (2003)

Ann Blair, Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age (2010)

Renée Raphael, Reading Galileo: Scribal Technologies and the Two New Sciences (2017)


Roger Stoddard, Marks in Books, Illustrated and Explained (1985)

R.C. Alston, Books with Manuscript: A Short Title Catalogue of Books with Manuscript Notes in the British Library (1994)

Bernard Rosenthal (ed.), The Rosenthal Collection of Printed Books with Manuscript Annotations (1997)

David C. Greetham (ed.), The Margins of the Text (1997)

John Considine (ed.), Adversaria: Sixteenth-Century Books and the Traces of their Readers (1998)

M. A. Screech, Montaigne’s Annotated Copy of Lucretius: A Transcription of the Study of the Manuscript, Notes, and Pen-Marks (1998)

Ann Blair, “Annotating and Indexing Natural Philosophy,” Marina Frasca-Spada and Nick Jardine (eds), Books and the Sciences in History (2000)

Sabrina Alcorn Barron (ed.), The Reader Revealed (2001)

H. J. Jackson, Marginalia: Readers Writing in Books (2001)

Heidi Brayman Hackel, Reading Material in Early Modern England: Print, Gender, and Literacy (2005)

Robin Myers, Michael Harris, and Giles Mandelbrote (eds), Owners, Annotators, and the Signs of Reading (2005)

William Sherman, Used Books: Marking Readers in Renaissance England (2008)

Fred Schurink, “‘Like a Hand in the Margine of a Booke:’ William Blount’s Marginalia and the Politics of Sidney’s Arcadia,” Review of English Studies 59 (2008)

Jason Scott-Warren, “Reading Graffiti in the Early Modern Book,” Huntington Library Quarterly 73 (2010)

Stephen Orgel, The Reader in the Book: A Study of Spaces and Traces (2015)

Gabriel Harvey

Edward John Long Scott (ed.), Letter-book of Gabriel Harvey, AD 1573-1580: Edited from the Original MS Sloane 93 in the British Museum (1884)

G.C. Moore-Smith, Gabriel Harvey’s Marginalia (1913)

C. Brown Bourland, “Gabriel Harvey and the Modern Languages,” Huntington Library Quarterly 4 (1940-41)

H.S. Wilson, “Gabriel Harvey’s Method of Annotating his Books,” Huntington Library Bulletin 2 (1948)

Eleanor Relle, “Some New Marginalia and Poems of Gabriel Harvey,” Review of English Studies 23 (1972)

Virginia F. Stern, Gabriel Harvey: His Life, Marginalia, and Library (1979)

Lisa Jardine and Anthony Grafton, “‘Studied for Action’: How Gabriel Harvey Read His Livy,” Past and Present 129 (1990)

James Nielson, “Reading between the Lines: Manuscript Personality and Gabriel Harvey’s Drafts,” Studies in English Literature 33 (1993)

Kendrick W. Prewitt, “Gabriel Harvey and the Practice of Method,” Studies in English Literature 39 (1999)

Jason Scott-Warren, “Harvey, Gabriel (1552/3–1631),” in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004)

Nicholas Popper, “The English Polydaedali: How Gabriel Harvey Read Late Tudor England,” Journal of the History of Ideas 66 (2005)

Gerard Passannante, “The Art of Reading Earthquakes: On Harvey’s Wit, Ramus’s Method, and the Renaissance of Lucretius,” Renaissance Quarterly 61 (2008)

Jennifer Richards, “Gabriel Harvey, James VI, and the Politics of Reading Early Modern Poetry,” Huntington Library Quarterly 71 (2008)

H. R. Woudhuysen, “Gabriel Harvey,” in Andrew Hadfield (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of English Prose 1500-1640 (2013)

Lisa Jardine, “‘Studied for Action’ Revisited,’ in Ann Blair and Anja-Silvia Goeing (eds), For the Sake of Learning: Essays in Honour of Anthony Grafton (2016)

John Dee

Meric Casaubon (ed.), A true & faithful relation of what passed for many yeers between Dr John Dee and some spirits (1659)

James Orchard Halliwell-Phillips (ed.), The Private Diary of Mr. John Dee. . .from the original manuscripts in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford, and Trinity College Library, Cambridge (1842). Online edition via Cambridge University Press, 2013

J. E. Bailey (ed.), Diary, for the Years 1595–1601, of Dr. John Dee, Warden of Manchester, 1595-1608 (1880)

Charlotte Fell-Smith, John Dee, 1527–1608 (1909)

Nicholas H. Clulee, John Dee’s Natural Philosophy: Between Science and Religion (1988)

Julian Roberts and Andrew G. Watson, John Dee’s Library Catalogue (1990). Corrections and updates available via the Bibliographical Society website.

William H. Sherman, John Dee: The Politics of Reading in the English Renaissance (1995)

Nicholas H. Clulee, “The Monas Heiroglyphica and the Alchemical Thread of John Dee’s Career,” Ambix 52, no. 3 (2005)

Hilde Norrgrén, “Interpretation and the Heiroglyphic Monad: John Dee’s Reading of Pantheus’ Voarchadumia,” Ambix 52, no. 3 (2005)

Nicholas H. Clulee (ed.), John Dee: Interdisciplinary Studies in Renaissance Thought (2006)

R. Julian Roberts, “Dee, John (1527-1609),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2006)

Glynn Parry, The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee (2011)

Jennifer Rampling, ed. “John Dee and the Sciences” Special issue of History and Philosophy of Science 43, no. 3 (2012)