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Historical Cooking, Week 8

This week Sean attempts to make an apple-based dish from our recipe book – the complete manuscript is available for viewing on our Digital Collections Portal As temperatures have taken a tumble over the past couple of weeks, we thought it would be a good idea to attempt a winter warmer from our manuscript of…

1 December 2016Uncategorized

The curator’s goodbye

Today is my last day of work at St Andrews. After more than six years in this lovely, quiet corner of the world, I’m heading off for a new position, a new collection, and a new group of colleagues. However, over the past few weeks I’ve been chewing on what it means for a curator…

23 September 2016Uncategorized

Where we find new old books, chapter 5, part II: A beginners’ guide to uncovering rare book treasures: the journey of a 500 year old book

Here, our Lighting the Past team complete the story of their recent adventures uncovering the story of one of our new finds. Provenance of a 16th century Parisian sammelband At some point during the sixteenth century, our wee volume [Selectoria Don PA6138.A1] made its way to the British Isles. The nascent printing industry was not…

27 January 2016collections highlights Highlights Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds Uncategorized

Reading the Collections, Week 1: J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Wendy (London, 1940)

My first encounter with J M Barrie’s Peter Pan, ‘the boy who couldn’t grow up’ was through the Disney film, which chronicles the adventures of a cheery Peter Pan leading Wendy, Michael and John Darling on the adventure of a lifetime from London to Neverland and back home again.  It is not surprising that Disney…

5 February 2015illustrations Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections Uncategorized

52 Weeks of Historical How-to’s, Week 48: How to Borrow a Library Book!

So, this week, I thought I’d take a look at how to borrow a library book – after all, this is a library blog! I’ve chosen something a little more up-to-date – a University of St Andrews Library Readers’ Guide for 1972-73, from our St Andrews Collection. This is a rather unprepossessing volume, measuring 21…

2 October 2014How-To's Muniments Collection Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection Uncategorized

52 Weeks of Historical How-To’s, Week 4: The Complete Servant

Many items which appear in our blogs are visually stunning. The focus of this blog, The Complete Servant, by Samuel and Sarah Adams, is certainly not this. Acquired by the Library between 1826 and 1864, it has a non-descript paper cover (the original wrappers in which it was issued), and its pages are uncut and…

21 November 2013How-To's Muniments Collection Rare Book Collection Uncategorized

Here’s our post on Robert Burns in Special Collections from one year ago. We couldn’t add much more to it this year, so we thought you might at least like to see it again! My favourite part of this post is the account of a dinner with Burns by James Macdonald of Anstruther, so much…

25 January 2013Uncategorized

“Marketing of rare and special collections in a digital age” – IFLA’s RBMS off-site day

The National Library of Finland (from Wikimedia Commons).[/caption] On Monday, 13 August 2012, IFLA’s Rare Book and Manuscript Section hosted a special topic day during the WLIC2012 event. This was a full-day conference held off of the WLIC site at the National Library of Finland. This library sits at the heart of downtown Helsinki and…

15 August 2012professional commentary Uncategorized

Bloggers of the World Unite: Rare Book Bloggers and the Links They Build

This is a collaborative post by Brooke Palmieri and Daryl Green and can be found cross-posted on both of their blogs (8vo and Echoes from the Vault) In August 2011 Brooke Palmieri [BP] wrote an entry over at her blog, 8vo, about a discovery she made while cataloguing a book for Sokol Books Ltd: an…

15 May 2012Uncategorized