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 […]

The Pepys Library, University of Cambridge

Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Magdalene College, Cambridge is home to two distinct special collections libraries with a combined total of c. 16,500 items.  The more famous of the two, the Pepys Library, is the personal library of Samuel Pepys, 17th-century diarist and Secretary to the Admiralty under Charles II and James II.  The Pepys Library is open to the […]

Binding for Cicero's Letters

Saving Your Textbooks: Cicero’s importance to scholars of all ages

By Jamie Cumby | In 1578 a collection of Cicero’s letters was printed in Paris. As a new academic year begins, Preserving the World’s Rarest Books is highlighting a copy of this early modern educational book at Merton College Library in Oxford, one of our library partners (75.E.8(4)).  Gabriel Buon, printer of the edition, gave […]

Aldine Epistles title page from St Andrews

500 years of Aldines in Europe: A View From St. Andrews

By Michela Petris | Every summer an international group of students visits St Andrews for six weeks to work on the Universal Short Title Catalogue and experience the inner-workings of a large research project. Michela Petris volunteered this past summer and attended our 2018 book conference on ‘Print and Power’. Produced by one of the most […]

USTC Conference Crowd

Print and Power: USTC 2018 Conference Roundup

By Nina Lamal | Between June 21 and 23, the Universal Short Title Catalogue team hosted its annual book conference.  This year’s conference theme was Print and Power, organised by Jamie Cumby (University of St Andrews), Nina Lamal (University of Antwerp) and Helmer Helmers (University of Amsterdam) and generously supported by the History Department of the University of Antwerp. Within […]

Front binding

When Reference Books Finally Leave the Library

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. Due to Martin Luther’s popularity and prominence as an author, publishers printed […]

Photo of the University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research University and global centre for research and teaching located in British Columbia, Canada. It is consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. UBC Library is the second largest research library system in Canada. Established in 1915, it has more than twenty branches […]

Group photo, summer 2018

USTC Summer Programme 2018

On Friday 20 July, the Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) team marked the end of our 2018 summer programme. This annual programme, lasting six weeks, brought seven volunteers to the University of St Andrews to experience the day-to-day activities of the USTC. This year our volunteers came from a variety of institutions with strong traditions […]

title page of volume from Rennes

Good things come in threes: A volume of unique texts from provincial France

By Ann-Marie Hansen | All good things, as they say, come in threes. One modest volume found in the special collections of the Université Rennes 2, one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners, shows that this adage holds true in the library. The early modern practice of binding separately printed works together generally […]