Codicology is the study of books as physical objects. This can include the study of the book's materials, its binding, typefaces, and other attributes.

The book is examined in this section in several areas:

  1. General description of the book
  2. Description of the binding
  3. Description of the paper
  4. Typefaces used in the book
  5. Illustrations and the illustrator
  6. The two editions of the text, and known extant copies
  7. Provenance: The history of the book's travels