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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

Reading the Collections, Week 14: George Herbert, The Temple (Cambridge: Thomas Buck and Roger Daniel, 1633)

Although I thought that the work of George Herbert was all new to me, I found that I already knew some of his poems almost by heart, having sung the hymns “Teach me, my God and King“, “King of Glory, King of Peace” and “Let All the World in Ev’ry Corner Sing” from a young…

6 May 2015Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

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

Reading the Collections, week 13: A Holiday in Iceland

A Holiday in Iceland by N.L van Gruisen, Junr. (London 1879), though an unassuming little volume, caught my attention every time I passed it on the shelf. Since I visited Iceland last year I have held a fascination with the place described by van Gruisen as ‘Ultima Thule’ (beyond the borders of the known world). A…

29 April 2015Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

Reading the Collections, Week 7: The Book of Bosh

  I have a few truly vivid memories of being six years old: the time I jumped from the monkey bars because I wanted to break my arm and get a rainbow-colored cast, my fierce and loyal devotion to peanut butter sandwiches, and the day my teacher read Shel Silverstein’s “Little Abigail and the Beautiful…

19 March 2015Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

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

Reading the Collections, Week 3: The Castle of Otranto

As a teenager, I spent much of my time wearing black velvet, listening to the Sisters of Mercy, and writing depressing poetry.  At university, I enrolled in classes like “Byron and Byronism” and “The Rhetoric of Monstrosity,” and devoured stories like Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Polidori’s The Vampyre, and the tales of Edgar…

19 February 2015Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

Reading the collections, week 2: Stevenson’s Kidnapped (1886) & Catriona (1893)

“Ay, it’s an unco place, the Bass” When I first moved to Scotland, over four years ago, we chose to find a place to live in one of the small coastal fishing villages of the East Neuk. Close enough to St Andrews for a short (and amazingly beautiful) commute each day, but far enough away…

12 February 2015Rare Book Collection Reading the Collections

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

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