David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship and Merewether Scholarship

The State Library of NSW is now taking applications, for the:

David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship

For the research and writing of Australian history using the Mitchell Library



and the:


Merewether Scholarship

For the research and writing of 19th century NSW history using the Mitchell Library



Both awards offer $12,000 as well as a research room and behind-the-scenes access to Library staff. Applications close 29 June 2015.

A summary of the Library’s suite of Fellowship opportunities is available to view at the Library’s website.

Script & Print Vol. 39 No. 2 (2015) coming soon



  • Patrick Spedding — Thomas Gardner’s Ornament Stock: A Checklist
  • B. J. McMullin — “A Nightmare,” “Very Complicated”: Towards a Bibliographical Description of Pierre Bizot’s Histoire métallique de la République de Hollande, 1688, 1690

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Paul Eggert Symposium @ UNSW Canberra

After thirty years at UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Professor Paul Eggert has taken up the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies at Loyola University in Chicago. This symposium celebrates his contribution to the fields of nineteenth-century Australian literary studies, editorial theories of the text and scholarly editing, digital textuality and the digital humanities, museology and history of the book, and studies on D.H. Lawrence and Joseph Conrad.

This will be a day of scholarship and reminiscence, lively debate and long memories, to reflect Paul’s expansive interests, productive networks and collegial collaboration across the decades.

Speakers will address topics congruent with Paul’s broad interests and bring highlights of working with Paul to share with an appreciative audience, in formal and informal ways.

9.30am — 5.00pm, 17 July 2015
UNSW Canberra
Building 32 SRO3

RSVP Shirley Ramsay: s.ramsay@adfa.edu.au by 19 June 2015.

Full programme and list of speakers (PDF)

Postgraduate Studentships for ESTS 2015 conference (Leicester, 19-21 Nov.)

The Bibliographical Society (UK) has kindly agreed to fund four “Bibliographical Society Studentships” for the conference “Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”, the 12th annual meeting of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS), to be held in Leicester, England, on 19-21 November 2015.

See the original Call for Papers for the conference here.

The best four proposals for papers by post-graduate applicants will each receive a 60 GBP bursary to defray their costs in attending the conference to give their papers. Applicants should mention in their proposals that they are post-graduate students.

Radio Interview: John Emmerson’s rare book collection donated to the Victorian State Library

The London Intelligencer, a news-sheet from the Emmerson Collection (State Library of Victoria)

Members who read the obituary of long-time BSANZ member John McLaren Emmerson in the last Broadsheet, written by Wallace Kirsop, may be interested in a radio interview with Des Cowley on John’s splendid donation of most of his 17th century book collection to the State Library of Victoria. The interview runs about 13 minutes and is well worth settling down to with a cup of tea in hand. You can find it at:


ABC.net.au has featured several highlights of the Emmerson collection, which includes rare first-hand accounts of the execution of King Charles I; the collected writings of King James I, bound and inscribed for his son Charles; and the first illustrated edition (1688) of Milton’s Paradise Lost, among many other gems sure to pique the interests of Society members and the general public alike.


Script & Print Vol. 39 No. 1 (2015) coming soon


  • Bryony Cosgrove — Editorial Practice and Epistolarity: Silent and Not So Silent
  • Patrick Spedding — Thomas, Lucy and Henry Lasher Gardner, Opposite St. Clement’s Church in the Strand, 1739–1805
  • Reviews — A History of Chromolithography: Printed Colour for All (Thomas A. Darragh)

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CFP: European Society for Textual Scholarship [Proposal deadline now June 30 2015]

“Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”

The 12th Annual Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) will be held at the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester England, 19-21 November 2015.

The ESTS returns to Leicester where it was founded in 2001 to stage a major collective investigation into the state and future of scholarly editing. Our focus is the needs of users of scholarly editions and proposals for 20 minute
papers are invited on topics such as:

* Are users’ needs changing?
* How does edition design shape use?
* Stability in print and digital
* Where are we in the study of mise en page?
* Facsimiles and scholarly editions
* Collaborative and social editing
* Editorial specialization in the digital age
* APIs and mashups versus anticipation
* The logic of annotation
* Is zero the best price point for editions?
* Readers versus users
* Can we assume a general reader’?
* Indexing and annotation versus search
* Editors, publishers and Open Access
* Is technology changing editing?
* Digital editions or digital archives?
* Are editions ever obsolete?
* Scholarly editions versus popular editions
* Any other topic related to the use or users of scholarly editions

Plenary Speaker (subject to confirmation) include:

Hans Walter Gabler (Munich University)
David Greetham (City University of New York)
Tim William Machan (Notre Dame University)
Gary Taylor (Florida State University)
Elaine Treharne (Stanford University)
Andrew Prescott (Glasgow University)

Hands-on workshops will be given on setting movable type, letterpress printing, and getting started with XML.

Proposals (max 300 words) for 20-minute papers should be emailed to Prof Gabriel Egan <gegan@dmu.ac.uk> by 30 June 2015

Call for Papers: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc. Annual Conference 2015



Turning the Page: Bibliographical Innovation and the Legacy of Aldus Manutius

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Date: 26 and 27 November 2015

2015 marks the quincentenary of the death of the great printer and publisher Aldus Manutius (c. 1451–1515). Aldus was an innovator in a number of ways, from his development and use of the first italic typeface and publishing of small octavo editions, to printing first editions of numerous classical Greek authors and the production of one of the most beautifully designed and illustrated books of the fifteenth century, the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.

To honour Aldus’s life and afterlife, the Society invites papers exploring innovation or design in the printed book in any period from the time of Aldus to the modern day. Possible topics include bibliography, printing, typefounding, illustration, bookbinding, publishing, bookselling, collecting, the reading experience, or the transition from print to digital format.

Enquiries and proposals of 250 words for papers of 20 to 25 minutes should be sent to Anthony Tedeschi (atedeschi@unimelb.edu.au), Special Collections, Baillieu Library, The University of Melbourne. The deadline for paper proposals is Monday 29 June 2015. Students undertaking higher degree research are encouraged to submit offers of ‘work in progress’ papers; some travel bursaries will be available.