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Emollient Milk, Soap and Luxury Products: Advertising Consumer Goods in late Victorian and early Edwardian Britain

The industrial revolution and the emergence of the middle class in Victorian Britain led to an unprecedented rise of supply and demand for consumer goods.  To promote their products, small entrepreneurs started to adopt new marketing strategies like advertising.  As a result, advertisements were increasingly common in newspapers, magazines and books. To maximise the effectiveness…

2 June 201619th Century Adverts Rare Book Collection

Show and Tell: Buccaneers and Buried Gold: Treasure from the Lighting the Past Project

On Wednesday the 20th of April we held a Show and Tell in the Martyrs Kirk New Park Seminar Room – “Buccaneers and Buried Gold: Treasure from the Lighting the Past Project”. The aim of the event was to give people a chance to see some of the interesting finds that the student-staffed Lighting the…

29 April 2016Events Rare Book Collection

Lighting the Past completes the Donaldson Collection

It took us thirteen months, but at last we’ve done it! The Donaldson Collection of printed books is finished, and its records are now online via SAULCAT. In total, the Lighting the Past team has completed 8521 bibliographic records and 9060 item records since November 2014, bringing us to a cold and dark mid-December day, full…

19 February 2016general information Rare Book Collection

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

Where We Find New Old Books, Chapter 5, part I: A beginners’ guide to uncovering rare book treasures: a 500-year-long tale between Parisian pages

Here two of our Lighting the Past project cataloguers retrace their exciting journey of discovery as they uncover the story of one of our new finds. Like any great detective story, this one begins on quite an ordinary day. In the Lighting the Past office, we can catalogue over a hundred books a day; most…

31 December 2015collections highlights Highlights Rare Book Collection Rare Book finds

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

Lighting the Past completes the Shewan Collection

Of all the collections to be catalogued by the Phase 1 team, the Shewan Collection will probably be the only one where every item has passed through my hands as lead cataloguer. As this is something which rarely happens, I found this rather exciting! Donated to the Library in 1936 by Dr Alexander Shewan (1851-1941),…

8 June 2015Rare Book Collection

Lighting the Past: The Reserve Collection, Part 2

In the previous instalment, Kieran gave us some highlights from the general Reserve Collection, which Lighting the Past recently finished cataloguing.  A collection of this size (over 10,000 items) contains many fascinating books and in this post we’ll be taking a look at some further interesting items from the collection. One of my fondest memories…

19 December 2014Highlights Rare Book Collection

Lighting the Past: The Reserve Collection, Part 1

After beginning on the 7th November 2013, the Lighting the Past Team has finally finished the general Reserve Collection, 54 weeks later, on the 21st November 2014. The fifth and by far the largest collection we’ve tackled to date, some 6,594 bibliographic records were created, along with a further 9,302 item records. 630 items were…

12 December 2014Highlights Rare Book Collection

Lighting the Past turns 1 year old – catalogues almost 10,000 books to-date!

On 10 June 2014 Lighting the Past celebrated its first birthday, when Phase 1 cataloguing on the programme began officially. Over this last year we’ve achieved much, having catalogued three named collections in full (Beveridge, Anderson, and St Andrews) and the folio sections of another four collections (Low, MacGillivray, Mackenzie, and Von Hügel). We’ve also…

16 June 2014Rare Book Collection