Useful Links

The Ottawa Book Collectors in no way endorses any of the organizations, services, goods or individuals listed below. Links of interest to OBC members are included as a reference resource.

Speaker Sites

Arabian Nights Mr. Byers gave a talk on the bibliography of the Arabian Nights in Oct, 2007.
Cryptography During World War II Mr. Richard Brisson gave a talk on Cryptography During World War II in April, 2007. Illustrated with books from his collection and an Ultra machine. His web site provides many photos of his extensive collection of cryptographic equiptment.


Bibliographic Society of Canada The Bibliographical Society of Canada/La Société bibliographique du Canada is a bilingual (English/French) organization that has as its goal the scholarly study of the history, description, and transmission of texts in all media and formats, with a primary emphasis on Canada.  
Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada An Association to promote the interest in rare books, and our members who actively buy, sell, evaluate and appraise antiquarian and modern books and manuscripts.
Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild The Guild works to support the development of the book arts. The book arts include bookbinding, artists' books, papermaking, calligraphy, letterpress printing & typography, wood engraving, paper decorating, restoration, and conservation.
Miniature Book Society, Inc. Information on the collectoring and publishing of miniature books.  
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing SHARP Web provides conference paper abstracts, listserv information, and history of the book and publishing resources
The Alcuin Society of British Columbia The Alcuin Society is a voluntary association of people who care about the past, present and future of fine books.

Collecting and Collections

Books and Book Collecting Comprehensive directory site, with links to all kinds of book-related resources
Library Exhibits on the Web Manuscript collections and exhibits from around the world. Highly visual.
Early Hebrew Printing Non-commercial website set up as a virtual guide to the great Jewish libraries and rare book collections on-line. It includes information about Hebrew Manuscripts, Incunabula and written antiquities.
The Mosher Press Non-commercial website devoted to Thomas Bird Mosher and his publications. The site includes primary source material. See especially Mr. Bishop's essays which are designed to give insights into book collecting through his own book collecting ventures.
SFU Special Collections SFU Library Special Collections and Rare Books has depth holdings in twentieth century avant-garde literature, a major William Wordsworth collection, significant and expanding collections of BC publishing materials, British Columbia literary, social, and political materials, and editorial cartoons.  
UBC Special Collections Archives The University of British Columbia Library Special Collections and University Archives Division houses an outstanding collection of rare books and Canadiana.
Publisher's Bindings Online Publisher's Bindings Online is a digital collection of decorative bookbindings that strengthens a growing interest in this "common" object - the book.  


Book Arts Web Extensive directory site, with links to book arts sites, institutions, and galleries
Canadian Private Presses This website is designed to introduce the reader to the unique story of private press printing in Canada and to showcase a selection of presses, both historical and contemporary.
Discover Bookbinding Information about the bookbinding craft, tools, and resources
Richard-Gabriel Rummonds Information about handpress printing.
The American Printing History Association The journal of the American Printing History Association. Includes sample articles  
The Writing and Publishing Program The Writing and Publishing Program
Continuing Studies, Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
Sir Richard F. Burton A collection of the works of Sir Richard Francis Burton, 1821-1890. Also included is the works of John Hanning Speke, 1827-1864.
The Online Books Page The index includes more than 25,000 English works in various formats.

Commercial Sites

viaLibri A service for locating rare, antiquarian and hard to find books. Searches by title, author, publisher, keywords and excludes. This is an agragate search site that includes other book search sites along with plenty of individual book seller sites.
Oak Knoll Books Specialists in new and out-of-print reference books and original source material in the field of books about books.
Ubbink Since 2002, Ubbink Book and Paper Conservation has been providing professional book and paper restoration, preservation and conservation services to heritage institutions, art and antiquarian dealers, galleries and collectors.
Octavo Digital Rare Books Octavo produces digital copies of some of the world's rarest books, and makes them available, for a price. A valuable service as this will be the only way many will have of even seeing, let along owing, these books.  
The Bookcraft Bindery Pierre Thibeaudeau is a bookbinder specializing in restoration and fine bindings. His offices are in Chesterville, Ontario.  

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