This post is a list of publications about
- ephemera generally, about types of ephemera and about where to find ephemera; and
- collecting and the psychology of collecting.
The two sections are divided into three categories:
– Recent publications;
– The rest of the world.
If you can suggest other material that might be added here, please let us know via the comments section at the end of this post. Also see our ‘links’ post and the ‘types of ephemera’ posts for other reference materials.
About ephemera: recent publications
Chan Shaw, Claudia. Collectormania: from objects of desire to magnificent obsession. Sydney: Harper Collins, 2012.
Keech, Pamela. The best flea, antique, vintage, and new-style markets in America. New York: Little Bookroom, 2013.
Romani, Gabriella. Postal culture: reading and writing letters in post-unification Italy. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.
Kuo Wei Tchen, John and Yeats, Dylan. Yellow peril! an archive of anti-Asian fear. London: Verso, 2014.
About ephemera: Australia
Australian Book Auctions, comp. The Berry collection: second sale: rare and interesting documents, photographs, ephemera, original drawings, historical Australiana from the Berry collection. Armadale, Vic.: Australian Book Auctions, 2008.
Jewell, Edwin W. Australian bookplates as ephemera. Melbourne: Lytlewode Press, 1997.
O’Neill, Vivienne. Yesterday’s paper: collecting ephemera in Australia. Baulkham Hills, N.S.W.: John Furphy, 2007.
Overell, Richard. Ephemera: an exhibition of material from the Monash University rare books collection, 19 October 2006-28 February 28 2007. Exhibition and catalogue. Clayton, Vic.: Monash University Library, 2006.
Poletti, Anna. Intimate ephemera: reading young lives in Australian zine culture. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press, 2008.
Robertson, Anne, comp. Directory of Australian ephemera collections: a listing of institutions and individuals in Australia collecting ephemera. Sydney: State Library of New South Wales, 1992.
St Leon, Mark, comp. Circus in Australia: printed ephemera 1833-2008. Penshurst, N.S.W.: Mark St Leon, c2008.
Warner, Colin. On ephemera. Sydney: At the Blackdawn Press, 2011.
[A collection chiefly of prospectuses and other printing ephemera from the private press of Alec Bolton, the Brindabella Press and Officina Brindabella]. Deakin, ACT: Brindabella Press: Officina Brindabella, 1977.
50 books, manuscripts, and ephemera: catalogue fifty-six complied by New Century Antiquarian Books. Kew, Vic.: New Century Antiquarian Books, 2012.
Fragments of the everyday: a book of Australian ephemera by Richard Stone. Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2005.
Intimate ephemera: reading young lives in Australian zine culture by Anna Poletti. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Publishing, 2008.
An introduction to collecting old world ephemera, packaging and general Australiana. by David Tuckwell. Craigmore, S. Aust.: D. & C. Tuckwell, 1998.
Paper chasing 2: an ephemerist’s companion to Melbourne and environs by The Ephemera Society of Australia Inc. Warragul, Vic.: The Ephemera Society of Australia Inc., 1993.
partyART : on Australian club cards & other related print artifacts by [Jürgen Wegner]. Eastwood, NSW: Brandywine Archive, .
You bastard Moriarty: being a consideration of the collectability of ephemera related to the greatest detective that never lived: Sherlock Holmes written by Black Jack of Ballarat, also known as Derham Groves B.S.I. Melbourne: Littlewood Press, 1996.
About ephemera: the rest of the world
Canvassing books, sample books, and subscription publishers’ ephemera, 1833-1951, in the collection of Michael Zinman by Keith Arbour. Ardsley, N.Y.: Haydn Foundation for the Cultural Arts, 1996.
Collecting printed ephemera by Maurice Rickards. Oxford: Phaidon and Christies, 1988.
Collecting printed ephemera: a background to social habits and social history, to eating and drinking, to travel and heritage, and just for fun by John Lewis. London: Studio Vista, 1976.
Contest of symbols: the sociology of election campaigns through Israeli ephemera by Hanna Herzog; foreword by Sidney Verba. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Library, 1987.
Culinary ephemera : an illustrated history by William Woys Weaver. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
The design & printing of ephemera in Britain & America, 1720-1920 by Graham Hudson. London: British Library; New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2008.
Discovering theatre ephemera by John Kennedy Melling. Aylesbury: Shire Publications, 1974.
Ephemera: a book on its collection, conservation, and use by Chris E. Makepeace. Aldershot, Hants., England; Brookfield, Vt., U.S.A.: Gower, 1985.
Ephemera 80 : first world ephemera congress, provisional programme, Kensington Town Hall, London, England, September 8-13, 1980. London: Ephemera Society, 1980.
The encyclopedia of ephemera by Maurice Rickards. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Ephemera of travel and transport by Janice Anderson and Edmund Swinglehurst with an introduction by Maurice Rickards. London: New Cavendish Books, 1981.
The First World War: ephemera, mementoes, documents by Maurice Rickards, Michael Moody. London: Jupiter Books, 1975.
The history of street literature: the story of broadside ballads, chapbooks, proclamations, news-sheets, election bills, tracts, pamphlets, cocks, catchpennies and other ephemera by Leslie Shepard. Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1973.
The 1960s scrapbook compiled by Robert Opie. London: New Cavendish, 2004, c2000.
The other print tradition: essays on chapbooks, broadsides, and related ephemera edited by Cathy Lynn Preston, Michael J. Preston. New York: Garland Pub., 1995.
Proceedings of Ephemera Symposium III : the American play ethic, ephemera of recreation, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester MA, 22 & 23 October 1993. Schoharie, NY: Ephemera Society of America, c1993.
Printed bygones by G. Potter. London: Regency Press, 1986.
Printed ephemera: collection organisation and access by Alan Clinton. London: Bingley, 1981.
Printed ephemera: the changing uses of type and letterforms in English and American printing by John Lewis. Woodbridge England: Antique Collector’s Club, 1990.
Printed Ephemera: The Changing Uses of Type and Letterforms in English and American Printing, John Lewis, Ipswich, Suffolk, Eng.: W. S. Cowell, 1962
Printed stuff : prints, posters, and ephemera by Claes Oldenburg : a catalogue raisonné 1958-1996 by Richard H. Axsom and David Platzker. New York: Hudson Hills Press in association with Madison Art Center, Wisconsin, 1997.
Railway printed ephemera: being a tragi-comic picture of the rise and fall of the railways in Great Britain deduced from some of the bits and pieces of paper they left behind by William Fenton ; with a foreword by John Lewis. Woodbridge, Suffolk; Wappinger’s Falls, NY: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1992.
Register of ephemera collections in the United Kingdom : excluding those in the major national institutions. Reading, [U.K.]: University of Reading, 2003.
Remember when by Robert Opie. London: Mitchell Beazley, 1999.
Some printers & publishers of conjuring books and other ephemera, 1800-1850 by Trevor H. Hall and Percy H. Muir. Leeds: Elmete Press, 1976.
This is ephemera: collecting printed throwaways by Maurice Rickards. Brattleboro, Vt.: Gossamer Press: distributed by S. Greene Press, 1977.
About collecting: Australia
Cribb, Georgina. Young collectors prized possessions. Australia Post Philatelic Group: Melbourne, 2001. Limited edition: 500.
Elsner, John and Roger Cardinal, eds. The cultures of collecting: from Elvis to antiques – why do people collect things? Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1994.
The Ephemera Society of Australia Inc. Who, what, why of collecting? conference proceedings. Melbourne: ESA, 1993.
Griffiths, Tom. Hunters and collectors: the antiquarian imagination in Australia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Hillier, Andrew and Ray Nichols. Paperchasing: an ephemerist’s companion to Melbourne and environs. Melbourne: Ephemera Society of Australia, 1993.
About collecting: rest of the world
Muensterberger, Werner. Collecting, an unruly passion: psychological perspectives. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1994.