Library in Albi

Médiathèque Pierre-Amalric d’Albi

The cultural heritage collections of the Médiathèque Pierre-Amalric d’Albi in southern France are made up of around 75,000 documents, whose diverse themes reflect the origins of the collections. This collection is constituted of about 500 manuscripts from the 8th to 20th centuries, 119 incunables, and 17,000 documents printed between 1501 and 1811, as well as […]

Amsterdam edition of Biblia, dat is, de gantsche H Schrifture

To the Victor the Spoils

By Andrew Pettegree | Throughout the history of print, the Bible was a perennial favourite of the industry.  This was the text with which Gutenberg chose to announce his great invention, and for centuries thereafter Bibles, New Testaments and psalm books formed the cornerstone of the collections of those who could afford books; and if […]

Anthony Scoloker's colophon.

The Year of the Book in Ipswich

By James McCall | In 1548, during the reign of Edward VI, two printers established printing presses in the Suffolk port of Ipswich. By the end of the year, and after producing at least 19 books, both men had ceased printing in the town. What had driven these men to set up presses in Ipswich […]

Bookshop of the world

Milestone study of Book Culture Now Published

Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen, The Bookshop of the World. Making and Trading Books in the Dutch Golden Age is published by Yale University Press on 26 February 2019. The Bookshop of the World is now published. This ground-breaking new study is the result of work in over thirty libraries and archives, in ten […]

Wenceslaus Hollar and the Great Fire of London

By Graeme Kemp | Over the last few months, the Universal Short Title Catalogue welcomed a number of new libraries to our heritage program – Preserving the World’s Rarest Books. One of our recent partners is Armagh Robinson Library, the oldest public library in Northern Ireland. The library was founded in 1771 by Archbishop Richard […]

Preserving the World's Oldest Illustrated Newspaper, detail

Preserving the world’s first illustrated newspaper

By Arthur der Weduwen | The Heritage Library in Antwerp (Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience), one of our PWRB library partners, holds a distinguished collection of early printed news pamphlets and newspapers. The jewel in this collection is a series of some 400 publications by Abraham Verhoeven (1575-1652), an Antwerp printer, publisher and woodcut artist, which have […]

University of Tennessee library

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1959, Special Collections at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville began in one room of the James D. Hoskins Library with a core collection of early British, European, and American books. During the 1960s, the library expanded with two building additions and the acquisition of the University Archives. In 2009, Special Collections relocated to the John C. Hodges […]

Plantin's Printer's Device

A Prohibited Pocket-Book: Christophe Plantin’s 1564 Genevan Psalter

By Elise Watson | In 1564, famed Antwerp printer Christophe Plantin published a small-format edition of a popular metrical psalter, a book of Biblical psalms intended for liturgical use. The National Library of the Netherlands in the Hague contains a copy of this psalter, entitled Les Pseaumes de David, mis en rime françois (The Psalms […]

BIU Santé (Paris)

The BIU Santé (Paris) is a major reference library in health sciences in France. From its two Parisian sites (one covering pharmacy, the other medicine and dentistry), it welcomes medical, pharmacy and odontology students, as well as health professionals (doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, etc.) and researchers from France and the whole world. The collection held […]

Ephemeron, Johns Hopkins

Preserving the World’s Rarest Ephemera?

By Earle Havens | This week’s post is by Dr Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at the Johns Hopkins University. The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins is one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners. Featured image: Ferdinand I, King of the Romans, Bohemia, Hungary, and Croatia, Holy Roman Empire. […]