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Where we find new old books, chapter 3: buried treasure amongst the stacks

This is what buried treasure looks like in a library: This book, which is a collection of two perfectly respectable but not very rare tracts by Vatican Librarian Agostino Steuco, has acted as a vessel, a treasure chest, for the bits and pieces that went into the binding and physical construction of this book. This…

29 September 2015Archives collections highlights Manuscript Collection Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds

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 Visiting Scholars – Friending Cicero

The moment you login to Facebook you are faced with an up-to-the-second archive of vacation photographs, pet videos, political screes, and daily frustrations of your close friends, and distant acquaintances. Yet social networks like Facebook are simply the most recent repositories of friendship. At least since Petrarch’s 1345 discovery of Cicero’s personal letters to Atticus…

15 September 2014Archives Manuscript Collection

MEI Internship Project Begins: a 16th century German binding mystery solved!

This summer, St Andrews began contributing information about its earliest printed books to CERL’s Material Evidence in Incunabula project. This project, initiated and directed by Dr Cristina Dondi, seeks to pull together all of the material evidence left by owners, booksellers, binders, and others appearing on all books printed prior to 1500. As an intern,…

29 July 2014Rare Book Collection

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

TREASURES OF THE LIBRARY PODCAST: Dr Margaret Connolly describes the Roll of Kings

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.…

24 March 2014Archives Manuscript Collection Treasures of the Library

52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations, Week 52: the St Andrews Psalter

For the final inspiring illustration of this 52-week series, it could be argued that we have saved the best for the last. This is a book of Psalms (with a liturgical calendar of Sarum (or Salisbury) use), which was written in England, probably near London, in the mid-15th century (St Andrews msBX2033.A00). It would have…

15 July 2013Archives illustrations

52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations, Week 43: Faces, fauna, flora and St Francis: funny things lurking in a medieval music manuscript

I didn’t intend to write about the gradual at all for this post, I just happened to be looking at it one day when it was out for Tom Wilkinson the chapel organist to see. He is going to conduct the chapel choir in singing one of the Kyrie settings for a celebration service on…

15 April 2013illustrations Manuscript Collection

52 Weeks of Inspiring Illustrations, Week 23: Images of St Andrew

We couldn’t resist celebrating St Andrews day with some ‘inspiring illustrations’ of our eponym himself. The cult of St Andrew was actively pursued in Scotland by the 12th century: it was in the interests of the 12th and 13th century Scottish kings to encourage a cult which emphasised the distinctiveness of Scotland’s church (and therefore…

29 November 2012Archives illustrations Manuscript Collection Photographic Collection Rare Book Collection