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[BKARTS] Tanselle bibliographies now online

G. Thomas Tanselle's "Introduction to Bibliography: Seminar Syllabus" and "Introduction to Scholarly Editing: Seminar Syllabus" are comprehensive guides to the literature of these two fields, including suggestions for basic reading and chronological lists of the writings on specific topics. Through the generosity of their compiler, the two volumes are now available free in their entirety on the RBS website in .pdf format, for consultation or downloading:


The two guides have been published in hard copy (as substantial paperback books of 370 and 258 pages respectively) by Rare Book School's publishing wing, the Book Arts Press, since 1990 (for the "Introduction to Bibliography") and 1998 (for the "Introduction to Scholarly Editing"). Hard copies of the latest version of each, dated 2002, may still be purchased from Rare Book School. The online versions also have a cutoff date of 2002; Tanselle hopes eventually to update them.

It will not be necessary to introduce G. Thomas Tanselle to most readers of the BookArts-L, ExLibris, or SHARP-L bulletin boards to whom this message is being sent. He retired in 2006 as senior vice president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is co-editor of the Northwestern-Newberry Edition of the writings of Herman Melville; among his other book-length publications are "Textual Criticism and Scholarly Editing," "A Rationale of Textual Criticism," "Textual Criticism Since Greg", "Literature and Artifacts," "Royall Tyler," and "The Life and Works of Fredson Bowers." Each year since 1963 [sic], he has contributed an article, many of them of fundamental importance to the study of the history of the book and related subjects, to "Studies in Bibliography," the annual publication of the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia (of which he is the current President). He is a former president of the Bibliographical Society of America and of the Society for Textual Scholarship (for additional credentials, see the six inches of six-point type in his "Who's Who in America" entry). He is an old and very good friend both of Rare Book School in particular and of the history of the book in general.

Terry Belanger University Professor, Honorary Curator of Special Collections Director, Rare Bk School : University of Virginia Rare Book School : PO 400103 : Charlottesville, VA 22904-4103 Email belanger@xxxxxxxxxxxx : Phone 434-924-8851 : Fax 434-924-8824 URL <http://www.rarebookschool.org>

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