The study of bibliography takes various forms: a historical introduction to the development of the book over the centuries, an examination of the constituent parts of the book and methods of its description. First published in 1931 by Allen & Unwin and The Library Association, A Student's Manual of Bibliography soon established itself as a classic in its field.; its author, Arundell Esdaile, of the British Museum, was a lecturer in bibliography at the London University School of Librarianship from 1919-1939. His professional colleague, Roy Stokes, University of British Columbia, became responsible for Esdaile's Manual of Bibliography with its fourth edition published in 1967. Designed for the literary student, the student librarian, and the beginning book collector, this manual assumes nothing but interest from the outset; it prepares readers for more advanced texts as they develop specialized interests.
Stephen Almagno studied with Roy Stokes at the University of Pittsburgh before becoming a professional teacher of bibliography himself.
Chapter 1 Editor's Foreword, Stephen R. Almagno Chapter 2 Foreword, Ronald Hagler Chapter 3 Preface from previous edition, Roy Stokes Chapter 4 Acknowledgments Chapter 5 1. The Nature of Bibliography Chapter 6 2. Naming of Parts Chapter 7 3. Landmarks in the Development of the Book Chapter 8 4. Papyrus, Parchment, Vellum, and Paper Chapter 9 5. Letter Design and Typography Chapter 10 6. Composition and Press Work Chapter 11 7. Illustration Chapter 12 8. Binding Chapter 13 9. The Analysis of the Book Chapter 14 10. The Description of Books Chapter 15 Glossary Chapter 16 Index