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Lost Books now available in Open Access

Since its first volume ten years ago, The Library of the Written Word has established itself as a major force in the world of book historical scholarship. Launched by Brill as a vehicle for the best new research in the field, The Library of the Written Word offers a mix of monographs, commissioned thematic collections, […]

Charlotte Guillard - Paris printer

Charlotte Guillard: One of Paris’ First Woman Printers

By Jamie Cumby and Panagiotis Georgakakis | This week’s post brings together several themes in the sixteenth-century scholarly book world – printing in classical languages, women printers, legal humanism – via a single copy of a work by Emperor Justinian I.  This work (USTC 140698) was printed in Paris in 1542 by Charlotte Guillard, one of […]

Uncovering A Local News Community in Sixteenth-Century France

By Andrew Pettegree | June marks the 400th anniversary of the earliest surviving Dutch newspaper, the Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c., published on 14th June 1618 by Caspar van Hilten in Amsterdam. To mark the occasion, our blog posts this month will focus on the history of news printing. In the early days of the St […]

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The Ottoman Ousting of the Knights of Rhodes

By Jan Hillgaertner | June marks the 400th anniversary of the earliest surviving Dutch newspaper, the Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c., published on 14th June 1618 by Caspar van Hilten in Amsterdam. To mark the occasion, our blog posts this month will focus on the history of news printing. In the collection of rare books in […]

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The first book ever advertised in a newspaper

By Andrew Pettegree | In the seventeenth-century Dutch Republic the making of money was the highest form of science. Nowhere was this more evident than in the introduction of advertising into their newspapers. The first Dutch newspaper was published in Amsterdam in 1618, and within thirty years every other newspaper carried one or more advertisements. […]

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Uncovering Lost Newspapers in Auction Catalogues

By Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen |   June marks the 400th anniversary of the earliest surviving Dutch newspaper, the Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c., published on 14th June 1618 by Caspar van Hilten in Amsterdam. To mark the occasion, our blog posts this month will focus on the history of news printing.   […]

USTC at the ABA 2018

USTC at the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association Summer Fair

The USTC Team at the ABA: Arthur der Weduwen, Andrew Pettegree and Jessica Dalton This year the USTC was for the first time represented at the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ABA) Summer Fair. The three day fair, held for the first time at the Battersea Evolution in London, was attended by 185 rare book dealers from […]

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Making Good Protestants: The Importance of Catechisms

By Drew Thomas | In 1528 the Protestant reformer Philipp Melanchthon, Martin Luther’s right hand man, returned from a series of parish visitations convinced that both the clergy and the laity were spiritually illiterate. In response, Luther developed a series of sermons on the fundamentals of Christian belief. These sermons became the basis for his […]

Grafting Knives from the St Andrews copy

Piracy and Plants

By Nora Epstein | The English have long been known for their love of gardening, a pastime popular since at least the sixteenth century: if not longer, to judge from the number of surviving botany books. Leonard Mascall’s A Booke of the Arte and Manner how to Plant and Graffe all Sorts of Trees…(USTC 513190) […]

Sole Survivors at Marsh’s Library, Dublin

On Wednesday 16 May, USTC Director Andrew Pettegree and Project Manager Graeme Kempt flew to Dublin to help celebrate the launch of Marsh’s Library’s exhibition of their ‘Sole Survivors’: books from their library of which they hold the only known surviving copy.  ‘Sole Survivors’ displays 32 of the most interesting unique items in collection. This […]