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The exam season is upon us!

Saturday, 9th December, was the beginning of St Andrews’ first semester examination diet. In this blog we thought we would examine the examination practices of the University, and share with you some of the 19th and 20th century exam papers we hold in our muniment collections. In the medieval period of the University, students would…

11 December 2017Manuscript Collection Muniments Collection Photographic Collection

1215 and all that …

So, 2015 is the anniversary year for Magna Carta – 800 years on and the document still has clauses in legal force and has a powerful appeal as ‘a touchstone of English liberties’ (Nick Higham, BBC) . The first week of February saw news reports about a Historic Magna Carta moment, when the four original…

16 February 2015Muniments Collection

At last! New Archive Catalogue finally online

Regular users of Special Collections will know that over the last 5 years or so we have been promising that our new Archive Catalogue was in preparation and would be online ‘soon’. That ‘soon’ wasn’t quite as soon as we would have hoped but it was at last launched at the Friends of the Library…

4 December 2012Archives Events exhibitions Manuscript Collection new acquisitions

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings, Week 26: A 15th century edition of Josephus bound in near contemporary reverse sheep with a cover title inside a horn window

Sometimes you can tell a book by its cover. This book caught my eye as I was pulling some items from the incunabula section because of the strange look of its covering material. It is the 1486 Venetian printing of Flavius Josephus’s Opera, bound with a 1492 printing of Seneca’s Opera. Not only is this…

7 December 2011bindings

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 13

Fragment of a 14th century Gospel manuscript found in 16th century German binding As I was searching through the stacks at our new storage facility I came across a beautifully tooled spine that I just had to pull off the shelf. The boards turned out to be as beautifully tooled and the book had been…

8 September 2011bindings

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 6

Two of the earliest St Andrews bindings: The St. Leonard’s Chained Bible and a 1501 copy of Jacques Lefèvre d’Etaples’ commentary on Aristotle This week’s Fantastic Binding is, again, a double bill; only this time we are showing off a set of very old twins. St Andrews has very few early St Andrean bindings, and…

22 July 2011bindings

A Library from libraries

This week’s posts are both focused on the historical collections of St. Andrews, look for the new bindings post on Friday! Many of the books in the Special Collections department have been in the University’s possession for centuries. All of the collections from the old college libraries (i.e. St. Salvator’s, St. Mary’s, St. Leonard’s) were…

20 July 2011collections highlights general information