Bibliometrics and Visualization

Alspach, Judith. “A Collection-Level Analysis of the Middle East Materials Project.” MELA Notes, no. 88 (2015): 7-23.

Blayney, Peter W. M. “The Alleged Popularity of Playbooks.” Shakespeare Quarterly 56 (2005): 33-50.

Blayney, Peter W. M. “The Publication of Playbooks,” in A New History of Early English Drama, eds. John D. Cox and David Scott Kastan: 383-422.  New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Bode, Katherine. Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field. London: Anthem, 2012.

Bode, Katherine, and Robert Dixon, eds. Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture. Sydney: Sydney University Press, 2009.

Chaney, Eric. “Tolerance, Religious Competition, and the Rise and Fall of Muslim Science.” 2008.  Available on his Harvard University homepage at:

Clarke, Mark. “The Archaeology of the Book: Formulating Analytical Research Questions.” e-conservation journal 2 (2014): 10-16.  Available on the journal’s homepage at:

Curran, Mark. “Beyond the Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France.” Historical Journal 56 (2013): 89-112. The website of The French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe, 1769-1794: Mapping the Trade of the Société Typographique de Neuchâtel is available at:

Dane, Joseph A. The Myth of Print Culture: Essays on Evidence, Textuality, and Bibliographical Method. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2003.  For bibliometrics, see the 2nd chapter “Twenty Million Incunables Can’t Be Wrong.”

Darnton, Robert. The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Pre-Revolutionary France. New York: Norton, 1995.

Darnton, Robert. The Corpus of Clandestine Literature in France, 1769-1789. New York: Norton, 1995.

Darnton, Robert. The Literary Underground of the Old Regime. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1982.

Dondi, Cristina. “‘IScBooktrade’: An Evidence-Based Assessment and Visualization of the Distribution, Sale and Reception of Printed Books in the
Renaissance.” Gazette du livre médiéval 60.1 (2013): 83-101.

Farmer, Alan B., and Zachary Lesser. “The Popularity of Playbooks Revisited.” Shakespeare Quarterly 56 (2005): 1-32.

Green, Jonathan, Frank McIntyre, and Paul Needham. “The Shape of Incunable Survival and Statistical Estimation of Lost Editions.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 105 (2011): 141-175.

Helman-Ważny, Agnieszka. The Archaeology of Tibetan Books. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Hill, Alexandra. Lost Books and Printing in London, 1557-1640: An Analysis of the Stationers’ Company Register. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Klein, Lauren F. “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings.” American Literature 85.4 (2013): 661-688.

Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History. London: Verso: 2005.

Moretti, Franco. Distant Reading. London: Verso, 2013.

Platt, D. C. M. Mickey Mouse Numbers in World History: The Short View. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Macmillan, 1989.

Proot, Goran, and Leo Egghe. “Estimating Editions on the Basis of Survivals: Printed Programmes of Jesuit Plays in the Provincia Flandro-Belgica before 1773, with a Note on the ‘Book Historical Law’.” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 102 (2008): 149-174.

Smith, David A., Ryan Cordell, and Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, “Infectious Texts: Modeling Text Reuse in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers.” 2013.  Available on the placeholder website of the Infectious Texts project at:

St. Clair, William. The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

St. Clair, William. The Political Economy of Reading. The John Coffin Memorial Lecture in the History of the Book, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 2005. Revised 2012.  Available on the IES website at:

Suarez, Michael F. “Historiographical Problems and Possibilities in Book History and National Histories of the Book.” Studies in Bibliography 56.1 (2003): 140-170.

Suarez, Michael F. “Towards a Bibliometric Analysis of the Surviving Record, 1701-1800,” in The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, 5: 37-65.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Cheshire, Conn.: Graphics Press, 1983.  Corrected ed., 2001.

Van Impe, Steven, Goran Proot, and Susanna de Schepper. “Beyond Description: Bibliographic Tools as ‘Big Data’ for the Study of Belgian Handpress Books, with an Example on the Use of Typographical Ornaments, 1501-1540.” De Gulden Passer 92.1 (2014): 103-124.

Weedon, Alexis. “The Uses of Quantification,” in A Companion to the History of the Book, eds. Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose: 33-49.  Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2007.


Dagmar A. Riedel

Last updated, 12 January 2021

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