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What is an index? and How to make an index

To celebrate the centenary of the appearance of Henry B. Wheatley’s book How to make an index, the Society of Indexers published a limited run of facsimile editions of both this book and his earlier work What is an index? Henry Wheatley was the first secretary and a prime mover behind the Index Society, founded in 1877. The Wheatley Medal, for an outstanding index and awarded each year by the Society of Indexers, is named in his honour. The Index Society eventually merged with the British Record Society which now has no direct links with the Society of Indexers.

  • “... here is the very spirit in which we all work brought to life..., packed with reminders of how to do the job well.” — SIdelights (2001)
  • “There is no Victorian fustiness or fussiness of style. The writing is direct and entertaining, with not a little humour. This from a man born in 1838, whose life was worlds away from the electronic aids and instant communications we use now.” — The Indexer (2002)

What is an index? A few notes on indexes and indexers. First published 1879. London: Longmans, Green & Co., for the Index Society. 2002, 132 pp. Price £15.00 (UK), £17.00 (overseas)

How to make an index. First published 1902. London: Elliot Stock. 2002, 236 pp. Price £18.00 (UK), £20.00 (overseas)

Both books for £30.00 (UK), £34.00 (overseas). All prices include postage and packing.

Some extracts from How to make an index can be viewed here

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