Dr Mark Bland


Research Interests

Mark Bland is the author of A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts (2010),and numerous articles on the London book-trade 1560-1640, including studies of paper, printing-house history, publishing, typography, and the control of the press. His forthcoming publications include an article on Thomas Newman, a major study of William Ponsonby, Simon Waterson and Edward Blount, and a book on Stationers' Wives, He is also the editor of and old spelling edition The Poems of Ben Jonson for Oxford UP. He has held twenty-one visiting fellowships and taught at De Montfort Unversity. He is also a Freeman of the Company of Stationers.



·      A Guide to Early Modern Printed Books and Manuscripts (Blackwell, published 15 January 2010: ISBN 978-1-4051-2412-6 (hb); 978-1-4051-2413-3 (pb)).


·      ‘The London Book-Trade’, The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, ed. A. Murphy and B. Smith, 2 vols (Cambridge U. P., 2016), i: 335-40.

·      ‘Jonson, Scholarship, and Science’, Sciences et Techniques en Perspective: Antiquarianism and Science in Early Modern Urban Networks, ed. V. Feola, II: 16 (Blanchard: Paris, 2014), 103-39.

·      ‘Stemmatics and Society in Early Modern England’, Studia Neophilologica, 85 (2013), 1-19.

·      ‘John Windet and the Transformation of the London Book-Trade’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 107: 2 (June 2013), 151-92.

·      ‘Francis Beaumont’s Verse Letters to Ben Jonson and ‘The Mermaid Club’’, English Manuscript Studies, 12 (2005), 139-79.

·      ‘Further Information: Drummond’s Democritie, A Labyrinth of Delight and his ‘Certain Informations and Manners of Ben Jonson’’, TEXT, 17 (2005), pp.145-86.

·      ‘Jonson and the Legacies of the Past’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 67:3 (2004), 371-400.

·      ‘The James A. Riddell Collection of Jonson’s 1616 and 1640 Workes’, Huntington Library Quarterly, 67:3 (2004), 489-503.

·      ‘Italian Paper in Early Seventeenth Century England’, Paper as a Medium of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and Conservation, ed. R. Graziaplena (Rome, 2004), 243-55.

·      ‘Stansby, William’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 60 vols (Oxford, 2004), 52: 257-58.

·      ‘“As far from all Reuolt: Sir John Salusbury, Christ Church MS. 184 and Jonson’s First Ode’, English Manuscript Studies, 8 (2000), 42-76.

·      ‘Memory—Witness—Use: Books and the Circulation of Learning’, Turnbull Library Record, 33 (2000), pp.11-34.

·      ‘The London Book-Trade in 1600’, A Companion to Shakespeare, ed. D. S. Kastan (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999), 450-63.

·      ‘William Stansby and the Production of The Workes of Beniamin Jonson, 1615-16’, The Library, VI, 20:1 (March 1998), 1-34.

·      ‘Jonson, Biathanatos and the Interpretation of Manuscript Evidence’, Studies in Bibliography, 51 (1998), pp.154-82.

·      ‘The Appearance of the Text in Early Modern England’, TEXT, 11 (1998), 91-154.

·      ‘“Invisible Dangers”: Censorship and the Subversion of Authority in Early Modern England’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, 90:2 (June 1996), 151-93.

·      ‘John Windet’, Dictionary of Literary Biography, 170 (1996), 319-25.


·      D. J. McKitterick, Print, Manuscript and the Search for Order, 1450-1830 (Cambridge, 2003): The Library, VII, 5:3, September 2004, 320-22.

·      D. A. Brooks, From Play House to Printing House (Cambridge, 2000): The Library, VII, 3:2 (June 2002), 215-17.

·      Robert Petre, Rachel Salmond, Vic Elliott, Ross Harvey (et al.), Early Imprints in New Zealand Libraries before 1801: a finding list of books printed before 1801 in the Wellington region (Alexander Turnbull Library, 1995); Rachel Salmond, Government Printing in New Zealand 1840-1843 (Elibank Press, 1995), Rachel Barrowman, The Turnbull: A History (Auckland UP, 1995): The Library, vi:19 (March, 1997), 88-95.

·      Reprinted: Turnbull Library Record, (November, 1997), with a coda.

·      G Taylor and J Jowett, Shakespeare Reshaped: 1605-23 (Oxford UP, 1995): The Library, VI, 17:2 (June 1995), 183-6.

·      J Lennard, But I Digress: the exploitation of parentheses in English printed verse (Oxford UP, 1992): Notes & Queries, 238 (June, 1993), 240-41.



·      ‘National Library on the Edge of the Digital Shelf ’, The Dominion Post, 5 June 2009.

·      ‘Confronting the reality of the new ignorance’, Evening Post, 10 May 1999.

·      ‘The National Library’, Backch@t, TVNZ Channel 1, 4 July 1999.

·      ‘The Humanities in Crisis’, Backch@t, TVNZ Channel 1, 1 August 1999.

·      ‘Restructuring leaves library in trauma’, Evening Post, 23 August 1999.



·      Katherine F. Pantzer Fellow, Houghton Library, Harvard University ($3500), Spring 2019.

·      Sir George Grey Special Collections Research Grant, Auckland Public Library Heritage Trust ($1000), December 2016.

·      Visiting Fellow, Marsh Library, Dublin (€2000), August 2016.

·      John Velde Visiting Fellow, University of Illinois ($2500), June July 2013.

·      Travel Grant, University of Washington St Louis ($1000), June 2013.

·      Vice Chancellor’s Research Leave (£8300), De Montfort University, October-December 2011.

·      Frederick and Marion Pottle Fellow, Beinecke Library, Yale University ($4000), September-October 2011.

·      Visiting Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library ($5000), July-September 2011.

·      British Academy Small Research Grant (£7500), August 2011.

·      Honourable Mention, American Publishers Prose Awards: Literature, Language and Linguistics, 2010, for A Guide to Early Printed Books and Manuscripts.

·      Katherine F. Pantzer Fellow, Houghton Library, Harvard University ($3500), June 2009.

·      AHRC Research Leave (£26772), 2007-08.

·      British Academy Fellow, Huntington Library ($4000), October-December 2006.

·      Lester J Cappon Fellow, Newberry Library, Chicago ($2000), July-August 2006.

·      British Academy Small Research Grant (£7500), March 2006.

·      British Academy Fellow, Huntington Library ($4000), May-July 2005.

·      Carl H. Pforzheimer Fellow, Harry Ransom Research Center, University of Texas ($4000), February-April 2003.

·      Kenneth J. Spenser Fellow, University of Kansas ($500), March 2003.

·      Bibliographical Society of America Research Fellow, August-September 2002, for research at the Rosenbach Library, Philadelphia ($3000).

·      A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow, Beinecke Library, Yale University ($3000), September 2001.

·      British Academy Small Research Grant (£4000), July 2001.

·      Visiting Fellow, Center for Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts (non-stipendiary), April 2001.

·      Bibliographical Society Research Grant (£1500), February 2001.

·      Honorary Fellow, School of English, Victoria University, 1999-2000

·      Mayers and William A. Ringler, Jr. Fellow, Huntington Library, Los Angeles ($4000), November 1997-February 1998.

·      Lester J. Cappon Fellow, Newberry Library, Chicago ($1600), June-July 1997.

·      Visitng Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C. ($2000), August-September 1996.



·      ‘Jonson’s Evasion of Politics’, Renaissance Society of America, Chicago, March 2017.

·      ‘Social Networks and the Control of the Book-Trade’, New Perspectives on Censorship in Early Modern England, University of Clermont-Ferrand, December 2016.

·      ‘Paper and the Social Elite in Earl Modern England’, Society of International Paper Historians, Valencia, September 2016.

·      Keynote address: ‘Jonson, Daniel and the Denial of the Sonnet’, The Englishness of the English Sonnet, University of Strasbourg, May 2016.

·      ‘Jonson and Daniel: Court Politics and Literary Rivalry’, Samuel Daniel: Poet and Historian, University College, London, September 2015.

·      ‘Jonson’s Ramist Charts’, Scientiae, University of Vienna, April 2014.

·      ‘Jonson’s Revisions’, European Society of Textual Scholarship, University of Paris, Ecole Normale Superieure, November 2013.

·      Keynote address: ‘Transmission and Identity in Seventeenth Century Manuscript Studies’, Manuscript Studies Symposium, University of Uppsala, October 2011.

·      ‘From First Principles: The Oxford Edition of the Poems of Ben Jonson and Genetic Editing’, Folger Shakespeare Library: Fellows Seminar, September 2011.

·      ‘Jonson, Shakespeare and Sejanus: Contexts and Consequences’, Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances, Prague, July 2011.

·      ‘Jonson and Selden’, John Selden, University of Oxford, June 2010.

·      ‘Manuscript Connections and Textual Revisions: The Evidence of Donne and Jonson’, Renaissance Society of America, Università Ca Foscari, Venice, April 2010.

·      ‘Jonson’s Ramist Charts: Edition and Translation’, European Society of Textual Scholarship, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium, Brussels, November 2009.

·      ‘Jonson’s Private Philosophical Papers’ (Part 2), Society for Textual Scholarship, New York, March 2009.

·      ‘The Space of the Page in Early Modern England’, Modern Languages Association, San Francisco, December 2008.

·      ‘Jonson’s Private Philosophical Papers’ (Part 1), European Society of Textual Scholarship, University of Lisbon, November 2008.

·      ‘To His False Mistress: A Manuscript History’, ‘Lords of Wine and Oil’: Community and Conviviality in the work of Robert Herrick and his contemporaries, Buckfast Abbey, Devon, July 2008.

·      ‘Stemmatics, Society and the Transmission of Jonson’s Verse’, Manuscripts and Miscellaneity c.1450-1720, University of Cambridge, July 2008.

·      ‘The Textual Lives of Ben Jonson’, The Lives of the Book: Les Vies du Livre, Université Nancy 2, June 2008.

·      ‘Nicholas Hare’s ‘Variety’ and the Clitherow Miscellany’, John Donne Society, Baton Rouge, February 2008.

·      ‘Jonson’s Other Verse: Attribution, Textual Authority and Lost Poems’, Textual Scholarship and the Canon, University of Vilnius, November 2007.

·      ‘Jonson, Europe, and Science’, Political and Scientific Networks in England, France and the Southern Low Countries, ca.1580-1700, Université Libre de Bruxelles, November 2007.

·      ‘Typography, Meaning and the Workes of Beniamin Jonson’, Making Books, Making Readers, University of Cork, April 2007.

·      ‘The Imperfect Texts of Ben Jonson’s The Forrest’, Society for Textual Scholarship, New York, March 2007.

·      ‘The London Book-Trade in the 1590s’, Book Consumption in the Tudor Era: Printing, Publishing, and Reading, The Huntington Library, Los Angeles, April 2006.

·      ‘The Intellectual Geography of Jonson’s Reading: Ramism and the Synthesis of Knowledge’, Material Cultures, University of Edinburgh, July 2005.

·      ‘Stemmatics, Society, and the Circulation of Manuscripts in Early Modern England’, Society for Textual Scholarship, New York, March 2005.

·      ‘New Perspectives in Book History’, Texas Tech University, January 2004.

·      ‘Editing Jonson from Manuscript’, Texts, Ma(r)kers, Markets, University of York, July 2003.

·      ‘Jonson and the Inns of Court’, Gloriana, University of Oporto, June 2003.

·      ‘The transmission of Jonson’s Verse’, University of Texas, April 2003.

·      ‘Editing Jonson from Manuscript’, Society for Textual Scholarship Bi-Annual Conference, New York, March 2003.

·      ‘The Manuscripts of Sir John Roe’, John Donne Society Annual Conference, Gulfport MS, February 2003.

·      ‘Italian Paper in Early Seventeenth Century England’, Paper as a Bearer off Cultural Heritage, Instituto Patologia del Libro, Rome, September 2002.

·      ‘Jonson and European Scholarship’, Renaissance Go-Betweens, Munich, July 2002.

·      ‘Further Information: The Democritie Fragment and the Original Manuscript of Drummond’s Certain informations and manners of Ben Jonson’, The Versatile Text, University of Edinburgh, April 2002.

·      ‘Manuscripts of the Mind and their Makers: The Poems of Donne and Jonson’, Newberry Library, March 2002.

·      ‘The Origins of Lansdowne 740 and its Contexts’, University of London, November 2001.

·      ‘Jonson and ε’, Remarking the Text, University of St. Andrews, July 2001.

·      ‘The Origins of Sejanus’, Remembering Don McKenzie, Alexander Turnbull Library, New Zealand, July 2001.

·      ‘Jonson and Manuscript Culture’, English Faculty Seminar, University of Oxford, June 2001.

·      ‘A Tale of Two Manuscripts’, Center for Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts, April 2001.

·      Guest Lecture: ‘Jonson and ε’, Harvard University, April 2001.

·      ‘The Uses of Knowledge’, Material Cultures, University of Edinburgh, July 2000.

·      ‘Shakespeare after Sejanus’, Dislocating Shakespeare, University of Auckland: July 2000.

·      Guest Lecture: ‘Memory—Witness—Use: Books and the Circulation of Learning’, Alexander Turnbull Library, August 1999.

·      ‘William Stansby and the Production of Jonson’s Workes, 1615-16’: Ben Jonson: History, Text, Performance, University of Leeds, July 1995.

Mark Bland

Associate Members