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Critical bibliography

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The comparative and historical study of books as physical objects. Synonymous with analytical bibliography.

Critical or analytical bibliography is divided into three main types:

  • Textual bibliography is the study of the relationship between the published text and the text as conceived by the author.
  • Historical bibliography focuses on the history of books and of the people and institutions which produce them.
  • Descriptive bibliography is the detailed physical description of books and other printed material.

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