An analytical or critical bibliography involves investigation of the physical nature of the book which can be, and frequently is, sufficiently exhaustive to enable all the circumstances of the books manufactured and history to be revealed. The history, identification, or analytical and systematic description or classification of writings or publications considered as material objects is called analytical bibliography. Thus analytical bibliography deals with a physical description of the books. It means that an analytical bibliography is concerned more with the physical aspects of the book. It examines facts and data concerning a publication by studying the signature, catchwords, cancels and watermarks and making a record, in an approved form of the results. According to Sir Walter Greg, it examines the materials of which they are made and the manner in which these materials are put together. It traces their places of origin and their subsequent adventures that have shaped them. It is concerned with the technology of the physical production of a book, paper making, type caster, block maker, printer and binder.
- Roy B. Stokes, “Bibliography”, Encyclopaedia of Library and Information Science, (New York : Dekker, 1969) : Vol.2., p. 413.
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- Stokes, Roy. The Function of Bibilography. London : Andre Deustch, 1969., p. 69.
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