Educated at Jesus College, Oxford, he bought a partnership in the London booksellers Birrell and Garnett in 1923. Pollard collaborated with J. Carter on An Enquiry into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets (1934), an exposure of Wise’s forgeries. In 1939, he left the book trade. His diverse later studies included the 1959 Sandars Lectures on ‘The English Market for Printed Books’, an edition of The Earliest Directory of the Book Trade, by John Pendred, 1785 (1955), and, with A. Ehrman, The Distribution of Books by Catalogue (1965). He held the Lyell as well as the Sandars lectureships and was president of the Bibliographical Society.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.