Descriptive and Textual Bibliography

Descriptive Bibliography:

Descriptive bibliography is concerned with the material form of the book. All the details of a book that are discovered / recovered by applying the technique of analytical bibliography are then recorded systematically using the technique of descriptive bibliography. Descriptive bibliography provides standards for describing hooks and records the result of analysis in a standardised form. The aim of descriptive bibliography is to describe the material form of the books i.e., the transcript of the title page; the collation entry; the art of collation; the page by page description; facts relating to this particular copy. It differs, however, from an enumerative or systematic bibliography in respect of the quality and kind of detail which is included. Its objective is standard description, according to a formula of a series of books within the defined field listing of irregularities. classifying and explaining textual differences of a work. “Its function is primarily that of recording the bibliographic detail of a book which has been established during the process of analytical bibliography”.

Textual Bibliography:

It is a type of bibliography which helps scholars in determining the effect of writing or printing process, on the correctness, or the completeness of a text. It is based on theory that the physical process which results in the publication and dissemination of a book can have a bearing on the development of the text. The most important reason to study textual bibliography is that its study ascertains the truth about authorship, about text, about the originality of the editions and their priority”’. Thus textual bibliography is the backbone of textual criticism.


  • Reddy, P. V. G. (1999). Bio bibliography of the faculty in social sciences departments of Sri Krishnadevaraya university Anantapur A P India.


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