The Bibliographica Textilia Historiae Database: How To Use It

Contents: The database consists of 2 series of inventory numbers, marked "[CSROT xxxx]", and "[CSROT txxxx]". Basically the [CSROT xxxx] series of numbers corresponds to acquired books in our library (which, alas, are not yet available for consultation), and the [CSROT txxxx] series of numbers are for books which are not yet in our library, but have sighted and cited. Although these numbers are not important for your search terms, they could be very helpful later as these unique numbers will directly bring you back to a specific title.

Furthermore, within these inventory series there are a number of entries coded with the phrase "[… in course of catalogueing…]", at the end of the entry, which although still in process of being catalogued still contain more detailled information that can be found anywhere else.

The "*" before an entry indicates that it was not published in the printed edition of the Bibliographica Textilia Historiae (1997), while the "#" before an entry indicates that it was published in the printed edition but it has since been edited (augmented, revised, corrected, etc.) in some way.


Fields: Each record is divided into 7 fields as follows:

- Author

- Title

- Our CSROT inventory number, displayed as [CSROT xxxx].

- Publication Information (place of publication; publisher, date)

- Edition information, if any (Series title; sub-titles, etc.)

- Collation (Pages, format, Binding, Illustrations)

- Annotation (This can often include a full list of contents or articles)



Search Techniques & Tips: To search efficiently note the following rules:

- To search multiple terms or names all search words must be connected by the word "and". For example, China and Cammann and embroidery will result in all records having all these terms together anywhere in the title or in its annotation-description.

- A search with several terms not connected by the word "and' will result in all records having any these terms individually anywhere in the title or in its annotation-description.

- You can use any amount search terms on any subjects: proper names, regions, countries, materials, techniques, etc. However, keep in mind that the more search terms you use in a search will result in fewer search replies.

- For the moment, however, you cannot search for words having less than 4 characters, except for our CSROT numbers as indicated below.

- To search our CSROT numbers, such as [CSROT 4587], for example, use this form: CSROT and 4587. However, although for the moment you cannot search for terms under 4 characters directly on our database, you still can search for our inventory numbers from "[CSROT 1]" though "[CSROT 999]" by going to Google and searching for "[CSROT ...]" which will bring up the corresponding title on our database.

- While the search words are not case sensitive, accent marks must be used in the search terms if relevant.


Once the search results list is displayed just click on the first word of each record, usually the author name, which will then open the full record.


Languages. As the database has well over 9,000 records in many different languages, in your search terms you should be prepared to use alternate spellings and terms, and even translations of words: ei France as well as French or Francia or Frankrijk; Turkey or Anatolia or Ottoman; Belgium, Belge, Belgie as well as Flanders and Flemish; Persia as well as Iran; velvet as well as velours or velluto; etc.


Abbreviations and Frequently Cited Bibliographic References: For an explanation of our abbreviations, terms and bibliographic references used in our catalogueing, see below.