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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

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

Full cataloguing of the St Andrews Incunabula Collection complete!

Last weekend marked the close of another cataloguing project:  bringing all of the records for our incunabula collection (pre-1501 printed works) up to a full level of description and to provide full indexed access to the collection (our incunabula are found across a number of named collections. This work was done from the end of…

2 April 2012general information Rare Book finds

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, Week 40: a stunning 16th century pigskin and medieval manuscript half binding

This week’s binding feature is one of four incunabula held in the George Hay Forbes Collection. This week, as I was wrapping up cataloguing of all the known incunabula from the smaller collections held in the department (the majority are held in the Typographical Collection), I came to pull this item off the shelf I…

16 March 2012bindings

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, Week 36: a 16th century Frankenstein-esque binding

This week’s binding feature is indeed a bit of a Frankenstein. I came across this item while working through the large folio incunabula shelves and was caught a bit off-guard. TypGU.A78ZJ is the late 15th century Johannes Zainer (Ulm) printing of Jacobus de Voragine’s Legenda aurea. This is one of the five copies of this…

15 February 2012bindings

15th century Italian miniature uncovered

One can always expect some surprises when working through an incunabula collection, however this little find came of something of a surprise. Yesterday I pulled TypIM.A75SP off the shelf to be catalogued, and didn’t expect much out of it, as it had been recovered in a poorly executed, mid-20th century library buckram binding. As always,…

9 February 2012Rare Book finds

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, Week 34: possibly the earliest dated blind panel-stamp extant

This week’s binding post is a bit of a mystery and is a perfect candidate for some further research. Recently recatalogued incunabula TypFP.A95GG is the 1495 Paris printing of Pope Gregory I’s Moralia, sive Expositio in Job. This work, printed by Ulrich Gering and Berthold Rembolt, is a large folio edition with bibliographic references and…

2 February 2012bindings