During even a cursory reading of the "literature about books," students of bibliography frequently have initial difficulties in understanding some of the terms they encounter. In A Bibliographical Companion, Roy Stokes provides an alphabetical list of such words and phrases. In this volume, the terms are defined briefly, their importance is discussed, and the author provides suggested readings designed to lead the student towards a more complete understanding. Aimed at students who are at an early stage of their bibliographical interests, A Bibliographical Companion is an invaluable resource.
Roy Stokes (1915-1995) was Director of the School of Library Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia from 1970 until his retirement in 1981. From 1946 to 1970 he taught bibliography in England and at several universities in the U.S. He compiled the volumes on Michael Sadleir and Henry Bradshaw in Scarecrow's Great Bibliographers Series and edited three editions of Esdail's Manual of Bibliography. His Function of Bibliography, 2nd ed., was published in 1982.