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1. Definition

A bibliography in the strict sense is a book comprising a register of books (later such registers were also included as appendices to periodicals, collections, etc.). This usage is first attested in Gabriel Naudé’s Bibliographia politica (Venice 1633) and Bibliographia militaris (1637), surveys of the most important works on politics and the military respectively.

Until then, this originally Greek term for the writing of books had been used both for a typolo…

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Füssel, Stephan, “Bibliography”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 23 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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