Somnium, annotated incipit

An Early Modern Reader Dreams with Scipio

By Neil Weijer | This week’s post is by Dr. Neil Weijer, the Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Premodern and Early Modern Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins is one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners. A small pamphlet edition of the Somnium Scipionis, now in the Johns […]

Woodcut featuring two drunk men

Early Modern Student Debauchery

By Drew Thomas | The life of a 21st-century student might seem vastly different from their mediaeval and early modern counterparts, but in many ways, student life remains the same. While the modern student relies on laptops, chai lattes, and dating apps, they have many things in common with students of ages past: especially went […]

Psalter Preface

A New Edition by Martin Luther

By Drew Thomas   One reason often credited for the quick spread of Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation was his embrace of writing in the German vernacular. In 1522 Luther published his German translation of the New Testament, one of his greatest accomplishments. Although writing in German was central to his movement, many of Luther’s works […]

Adam Riese 1574 Title Page

A New Edition of a German Mathematical Bestseller

By Nina Lamal ‘Nach Adam Riese’ is a known expression in Germany when referring to a simple calculation.  It hints at the importance of Adam Ries (1492/1493-1559), a German mathematician who wrote an influential textbook entitled Rechnung auff der linihen und federn. In this book Ries discusses the two different ways of counting used in […]