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Other catalogues of printed materials

The Library's other specialist online catalogues of printed materials are detailed here.

Some material, however, is not yet accessible online. Some categories of early printed materials, for example, are only listed in printed catalogues or handlists. These include many auction and bookdealer catalogues, pre-1801 London newspapers, newspaper cuttings, and playbills. Guidance about these is given in the Early Printed Collections.

The Library has also published an extensive and diverse range of catalogues of specialist areas of the collections. some of these are available in our Online Shop.

Bookbindings has information and images for selected items from the Library's rich collection of fine bindings of books printed in western Europe from the 15th century to date. It is a work in progress.


English Short Title Catalogue has records of over 460,000 items published between 1473 and 1800 mainly, but not exclusively, in English. The records are for items, published mainly in the British Isles and North America, from the collections of the British Library and over 2,000 other libraries.


Evanion Collection of Ephemera contains over 5000 items relating to Victorian entertainment and everyday life. The collection include posters, advertisements, trade cards and catalogues, most of which date from the later 19th century. 


Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) contains records of 30,000 editions of 15th-century European printing. It includes links to online digital facsimiles.


Italian Academies is a searchable database of printed material relating to the Italian learned Academies active in selected cities in Bologna, Naples, Padua and Siena, 1530 between 1525 and 1650, now held in the British Library.


The Microform Research Collections is a unique and wide-ranging resource, covering material as diverse as medieval manuscripts, annotated proofs of the novels of Charles Dickens, British Home Office papers and records since 1782, and archives of the Soviet Communist Party and State.


The Register of Preservation Surrogates catalogue of printed book and music titles on archival microform. It covers texts from all periods and languages with the exception of those in Oriental and Arabic scripts (Russian, Greek and Hebrew works have transliterated entries).


The Sloane Printed Books Catalogue lists books owned by Sir Hans Sloane, whose collection became the basis of the British Museum. Includes books held by the British Library and other libraries; and additional information on previous owners and manuscript notes.