Hart's Rules

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This is a bibliography page, concerning a work to which reference is made elsewhere in this guide.

Hart's Rules for Compositors and Readers at the University Press Oxford (37th ed, 1967), ed. V. R., Oxford, O.U.P.

The first edition was by the eponymous Horace Hart, M.A., then (1883-1915) Printer to the University (of Oxford). It was first printed in 1893, as an in-house manual for the employees, authors, etc who worked for the O.U.P. When it was learnt that some copies were being sold, the Press published the in-house manual as Hart's Rules, in 1915. It has since become an authoritative work of reference in British writing and printing, particularly known for its attention to the minutiae of typesetting. It can be compared to two similar works in the United States: Strunk and Whyte and The Chicago Manual of Style.

There is now the

New Hart's rules: adapted from The Oxford Guide to Style, by R.M. Ritter; Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2005.
You may also like to consult OUP's Authors' and Printers' Dictionary, by F.H. Collins.