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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 […]

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The First Spanish Translation of a Popular Chivalric Novel

 By Jamie Cumby This week, we dive into the world of popular chivalric literature, with the Historia del emperador Carlomagno y de los doce pares de Francia, printed in 1521.  The only copy recorded in the USTC survives in the Morgan Library & Museum, one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners, where it […]

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A Bespoke Breviary Edition from Provence

By Jamie Cumby Thanks for your interest in Preserving the World’s Rarest Books, a project where we partner with libraries around the world to discover the importance of their collections. With this blog series, we hope to provide you with glimpses into the treasures of these collections and the importance of preserving our cultural heritage. […]

Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence

Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence

Upon his death on October 5, 1786 Jean-Baptiste Marie de Piquet, Marquis de Méjanes, bequeathed a precious collection of nearly 60,000 books to the states of Provence, of which the capital was Aix-en-Provence, with the condition that they be made available to the public. In 1810, the library, established in the town hall, opened to […]

Jena Library

Thuringian University and Regional Library, Jena

The Thuringian University and Regional Library in Jena was founded in 1549. On 22 August of that year, the three sons of the former German Elector Johann Friedrich, who were residing in neighboring Weimar, sent their father’s Electoral library to Jena for housing in the dissolved Dominican monastery of St Paul.  The library was under […]

KU Leuven Maurits Sabbe

Maurits Sabbe Library, Leuven

The Maurits Sabbe Library is a first-class, internationally renowned library in the domain of theology and religious studies. Besides its extensive research collection, it represents a heritage of preservation, bringing to life multiple academic disciplines. Since its foundation in 1969, the Maurits Sabbe Library has always had a special mission for preserving the printed religious […]

German Historical Museum

German Historical Museum

The German Historical Museum is one of the most important and most visited museums in Berlin, located on the famous Unter den Linden boulevard. The library has a vibrant history as a part of three different institutions. The first library was founded in 1800 as a library of the Royal Armory. It possessed approximately 20,000 […]

Vassar College

Vassar College, New York

Vassar College is a private, liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York.  The school was founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar as the first degree-granting institution of higher learning for women in the United States.   Long one of the “Seven Sisters,” a group of elite colleges for women, Vassar became co-educational in 1969.  From its […]

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The Tresoar, Leeuwarden

The Tresoar is the central holding institution of books and archives of the province of Friesland, situated in the north of the Netherlands. The province of Friesland has its own cultural identity, shaped especially by the Frisian language, which is spoken alongside Dutch by the people of Friesland. The Tresoar is also a historical and […]

Trent civic library

Trent Civic Library

The first years of the nineteenth century represented a crucial moment for Trent civic library. The secularisation of the episcopal principality in 1803, and the alternation of Austrian, French and Bavarian governments during the following decade, drew attention to the fact that, at that time, many books lacked an owner and were piled inside the […]