John Bowman, MA, MA, PhD, MCLIP, FSA read Classics at Cambridge and Librarianship at Sheffield and became a Chartered Librarian. His interest in Greek type design led him to study for a Ph.D. in Typography at Reading, and this introduced him to the extraordinary Robert Proctor. He was until 2008 Programme Director for Library and Information Studies at University College London.
2010 0-7734-3634-0 Robert Proctor will always be remembered among bibliographers for two things: for his rearrange¬ment of the incunabula in the British Museum in what has become known as ‘Proctor order’, based on the way in which printing spread in its early days; and for the mystery which continues to surround his death. In 1899 he started to keep a private diary, and this lasted until his death in 1903. One of the volumes is missing, but the remaining three are edited and published for the first time here.