Every year the Bibliographical Society, the academic body formed in 1892 to encourage the study of all kinds of bibliography and matters pertaining to the history of the book, gives a season of lectures; and every year that series finishes with the Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecture, devoted to the history of bookbinding. This year the Homee and Phiroze Randeria Lecturer was Edmund M.B. King, author of Victorian Decorated Trade Bindings, 1830-1880: A Descriptive Bibliography (2003), on the topic: “‘Handsomely bound in cloth’: UK book cover designs 1840-1880” – a review of the many varied cover designs made for cloth trade bindings, with reference to signed cover designs. As the lecture was held in Senate House, Senate House Library provided specimens from among its special collections to illustrate the talk.
Several special collections at Senate House Library have been mentioned in recent publications: