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Noteworthy Hindi and Bengali printed books now on SAULCAT

Rare materials cataloguers in Anglo-American libraries often work with a variety of European languages, and are reasonably comfortable cataloguing books in the Germanic and Romance languages, with occasional forays into Scandinavian and Slavic languages as needed. Some may even catalogue materials in non-Roman scripts like Cyrillic and Greek, but unfortunately, relatively few rare materials cataloguers…

10 September 2015collections highlights Rare Book Collection

Where we find new old books, chapter 2: a new 15th century fragment joins a fragmentary history

Around a month ago Liza DeBlock (one of our MLitt in Book History students) pulled from the shelf this very interesting book during her regularly scheduled bibliography lab hours: This third edition of Keckermann’s Systema Logicae was a nice find, with loads of contemporary and 19th century provenance to trace after assembling the bibliographical record…

13 May 2015collections highlights Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds

Where We Find New Old Books, chapter 1: broadsides, almanacs and the ephemeral

This occasional series will highlight the types of unrecorded early printed books that are regularly uncovered in the process of cataloguing. This first article was first featured in Issue 3 of 600 Years of Book Collecting, the University Library’s 600th anniversary publication published in the years 2013-2014. You can order your limited edition boxed set…

1 May 2015collections highlights Rare Book Collection

Special Collections plays part in launch of University CD label

Sunday 12 April 2015 saw a fantastic concert in St Salvator’s Chapel to launch ‘Sanctiandree’, the first CD label established by a Scottish University. The CD ‘Salvator Mundi – the Purcell Legacy’, by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, under the direction of University Organist and Director of Chapel Choirs, Tom Wilkinson…

17 April 2015collections highlights Events

New acquisitions spotlight: Malory’s History of King Arthur (1634)

The Most Ancient and Famous History of the Renowned Prince Arthur King of Britaine was the last seventeenth-century edition of Thomas Malory’s great medieval prose romance, the Morte Darthur. After it, no new edition was printed until the early nineteenth century. This, therefore, was the Malory of Milton, of the romantic poets and of Walter…

17 March 2015collections highlights new acquisitions Rare Book Collection

New Acquisitions: Hand-coloured 1589 Luther Bible

Earlier this year the rare books team acquired a significant, and rather pretty, addition to its developing Bible Collection.   This Bible, a 1589 folio production of Luther’s edition, was acquired with generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York from the Howell Bible Collection which was being deaccessioned by the Pacific School of…

9 December 2014collections highlights new acquisitions Rare Book Collection

Cataloguing of all 17th Century Books by Athanasius Kircher Complete!

On the 15th of May, Hermine Lefebvre, USTC/ENSSIB intern for 2014, completed a wonderful cataloguing project which has seen all of St Andrews’ 17th century editions of Athanasius Kircher added to the online catalogue. Since last year, faculty at ENSSIB have selected one student to come to St Andrews for the spring term to work…

3 June 2014collections highlights Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds

TREASURES OF THE LIBRARY PODCAST: Professor Christopher Given-Wilson on Rolevinck’s Fasciculus Temporum

In the summer of 2013, the University Library set out to capture the reactions of academic and library staff when encountering their favourite items from the Special Collections Division. For this project, authors for articles for Treasures of St Andrews University Library (London, 2010) were asked to speak about the item or collection they highlighted in this publication.…

31 March 2014collections highlights Rare Book Collection Treasures of the Library

Highlights from the Reading Room: Memoirs of Richard Lovell Edgeworth

As part of my research for Maria Edgeworth: A Political Biography (to be published by Pickering and Chatto in 2017), I have spent a few very pleasurable days reading the Memoirs of Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1820), enjoying SAUL’s lovely new Special Collections Reading Room in the Martyr’s Kirk building on North Street. It’s a big…

14 March 2014collections highlights Rare Book Collection

Treasures of the Library podcast: Professor Lorna Milne on Francklyn’s Observations of the slave trade

In the summer of 2013, the University Library set out to capture the reactions of academic and library staff when encountering their favourite items from the Special Collections Division. For this project, authors for articles for Treasures of St Andrews University Library (London, 2010) were asked to speak about the item or collection they highlighted…

10 February 2014collections highlights Rare Book Collection Treasures of the Library