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52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 22

A 16th century German book bound in 19th century British Paisley cloth This one is a bit of a mystery. As I was re-shelving some books last week, the pattern of the fabric used to cover this book caught my eye. Image…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 21

A book fit for a countess This little gem just came off the shelf a few days ago to be fully catalogued.  This is one of the three dozen or so items found in the Perth section of the Typographical collection, and is…

Foulis Press collection at St Andrews

Over 150 items printed by the Foulis Press rediscovered One of the last big hurdles nearing the completion of the full cataloguing of the Typographical British collection was the Glasgow portion (ca. 350 bibliographic…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 20

Books donated to St Andrews by Thomas Hollis In the 1760’s, St Andrews received a series of small but important donations from one of the great English benefactors to 18th century libraries: Thomas Hollis (1720-1774).…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 19

The mystery of Edward Gwynn Earlier this year the rare book community received a general call-to-arms request in regards to helping track down books owned by Edward Gwynn. Frank Mowery, of the Folger Shakespeare…

King James Library Lecture, 18 October 2011

Professor Richard Gameson (University of Durham): “The Image of the Medieval Library”   As part of the University of St Andrews’ 600th anniversary celebrations, the University Library will offer a series of public…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 18

A gorgeous issue of Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s Idylls of the King illustrated by Gustave Doré While I was searching through the stacks last week, hot on the case of Albert Robida, I stumbled upon this beautiful, and…

52 Weeks of Fantastic Bindings: Week 17

Three 16th century portrait bindings This week’s post highlights the bindings of three 16th century books, two printed in Basel and the other printed in Leipzig. All three of these books share similar features of a…