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The print edition


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The 60–volume print edition of the Oxford DNB is available at £1500 or $2500. For more information please see our order page.


Contributors to the Oxford DNB receive a 40% discount on this price, making the 60-volume print edition available at £900 or $1500. More details.

  • In print form the Oxford DNB consists of 60,000 pages in sixty volumes, together with a free copy of the index of contributors (also for sale separately).
  • The complete set takes up 12 feet, or 3.6 metres, of shelf space.
  • The text is printed on acid-free paper; this means that it fulfils the ANSI US longevity requirements.
  • There are 10,000 portrait illustrations, shown next to the relevant biographies.
  • The trimmed page size is 246 x 189 mm. Including the boards the books will be 252 mm high x 192 mm wide and spine width will be roughly 56 mm.

March 2013: publication of the dictionary's second print supplement, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008. This volume includes entries on 854 men and women who died between 2005 and 2008, further extending the original 60-volume print edition into the twenty-first century. More information is available on ordering within the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world and in North and South America.


Contributors to the Oxford DNB receive a 40% discount on this price, making the supplement volume available at £57 or $90. More details.


The Oxford DNB 2005-2008 is the second supplement volume since the publication of the 60-volume print edition. Details of the first supplement volume, ‘2001-2004’, and how to order, are available within the UK, Europe, and the rest of the world and in North and South America.

Contributors to the Oxford DNB receive a 40% discount on this price, making the supplement volume available at £57 or $90. More details.




If you would like to receive a booklet showing a selection of articles in the book, printed on the correct paper and demonstrating the layout, please contact us.


Why buy a sixty-volume print set when the dictionary is available online?

  • The work itself. The DNB is one of the fundamental reference points for the exploration of English-speaking cultures, and many others. Now completely refreshed and greatly extended, it redefines a shared historical and cultural landscape for all those who provide access to research resources, as well as for researchers themselves, in practically any discipline.
  • The DNB is one of the most famous books in English. The new Oxford DNB will take its place as a modern classic. In book form it will remain your permanent archive, impervious to technical change, and will be seen as a historical landmark for the next hundred years.
  • The online version complements the printed book. While the online edition makes light of searching and navigation, many readers still prefer to read longer articles in a printed book, especially when the biographies have the literary quality that has always been a hallmark of the DNB. Purchasing the Oxford DNB in print gives you the best of both worlds.

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