title, Malleus Maleficarum

Prosecuting Witches: A How-To Guide for Every Library

By Jamie Cumby | For Halloween, we at Preserving the World’s Rarest Books are looking at an infamous early modern text on the supernatural: the Malleus Maleficarum.  This guide for prosecuting cases of witchcraft draws on anecdotes ripped from the experiences of its Inquisitor author. It was first printed in 1487 (USTC 746011) and went […]

USTC 6030412, title page

Circulating Scandalous News in Early Modern Europe

By Sandra Toffolo | In 1637 in Grenoble Magdeleine d’Auvermont was accused of adultery by relatives of her husband: she had given birth to a son, but her husband had been away in Germany for the past four years. This was according to a pamphlet published in Paris that same year. Magdeleine, however, claimed that […]

Armagh Robinson Library

Armagh Robinson Library (formerly Armagh Public Library) is the oldest public library in Northern Ireland and, along with Trinity College Library and Marsh’s Library in Dublin, it is one of the three most significant heritage libraries in Ireland. It was founded in 1771 by the then Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Richard […]

Stand at the York Book Fair

The USTC at the York Book Fair

By Jessica Dalton | In September, the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) exhibited for the first time at the Provincial Book Fairs Association York Fair: the largest antiquarian book fair in the UK.  Over the course of two days, book dealers, collectors and librarians from all over the country visited the bustling event at the York Racecourse, where more […]

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 […]

Helen Smith at Women and Print

Conference Review: Women in Print

By Jessica Farrell-Jobst | The University of Birmingham recently held a conference on Women in Print, hosted by the Centre for Printing History and Culture on 13-14 September. The conference focused on research about female participants in producing, sponsoring and designing print culture. Seeking to inspire conversation about the role of women in print history, this […]

Group photo, summer 2018

Summer programme now open for applications

The St Andrews Book History Group welcomes applications for our summer programme. Successful applicants will spend six weeks, Monday 10 June – Friday 19 July 2019, in St Andrews as members of the group.  During this time they will be given a comprehensive introduction to the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC), its data gathering and […]

Statue of Robin Hood

The (Recycled) Tales of Robin Hood

By Chelsea Reutcke | Robin Hood, the legendary outlaw, has been a staple of English folklore since the mid-fifteenth century, with mentions of his name stretching back even earlier. Songs, books, radio, and movies have repeatedly recycled or expanded his story. Within the collection of The Codrington Library of All Souls College, Oxford, a different […]

The Codrington Library, All Souls, Oxford

The Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford

The Codrington is open to all members of the University of Oxford, and to researchers needing to access its extensive collections. The College was founded in 1438 and the earliest collections, originally of law and theology, were exclusively for the use of the Fellows; medical books and books in other subjects were given throughout the sixteenth […]