Nicolas Barker

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Nicolas John Barker, OBE FBA FSA (born 1932) is a British historian of printing and books.[1] He was Head of Conservation at the British Library from 1976 to 1992 and is a former editor of The Book Collector.[2] He is the Chair of the Type Archive in London.[3]

A bibliography of his work was published to mark his 80th birthday in 2012.[4] He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1998, and is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London; in 2002, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.[5][6]

Works (selected)[edit]

  • Barker, Nicolas (1972). Stanley Morison. London: Macmillan.
  • Barker, Nicolas (1978). Bibliotheca Lindesiana: the Lives and Collections of Alexander William, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of Balcarres, and James Ludovic, 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres. London: for Presentation to the Roxburghe Club, and published by Bernard Quaritch
  • Barker, Nicolas (1987). The Butterfly Books. An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Twentieth Century Pamphlets. London: Bertram Rota.
  • Barker, Nicolas (1988). Two East Anglian Picture Books.
  • Barker, Nicolas (1989) Treasures of the British Library; compiled by Nicolas Barker and the curatorial staff of the British Library. New York: Harry N. Abrams ISBN 0-8109-1653-3
  • Barker, Nicolas (2000). The Great Book of Thomas Trevilian.
  • Barker, Nicolas (2003). Form and Meaning in the History of the Book. Selected Essays by Nicolas Barker. London: British Library.
  • John Carter; Nicolas Barker (2004). ABC for Book Collectors (8th ed.). ISBN 1584561122. Free to read
  • Barker, Nicolas (2020). Reginald Heber: A Letter from India.


  1. ^ "Nicolas Barker at Wells College". Wells Book Arts Center. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Author: Nicolas Barker". Carcanet. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Trustees". The Type Archive. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  4. ^ Edwards, A. S. G. (2013). Nicolas Barker at Eighty: a list of his publications to mark his 80th birthday in 2012. New Castle: Oak Knoll. ISBN 9781584563235. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Barker, Nicolas John", Who's Who (online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2017). Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Mr Nicolas Barker", British Academy. Retrieved 18 March 2018.