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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Canticle, title page, Marsh's Library

Sickness, Religion and Kingdom: a Canticle composed for the King of Navarre

By Marc Jaffré | Disease, sickness and death were major preoccupations of early modern people, but because the destinies of whole kingdoms depended on the health of monarchs, their diseases became the subjects of correspondence, ambassadorial dispatches, and a flurry of pamphlets. One such pamphlet, Cantique simplement composé et de la maladie, & de la convalescence […]

Royal arms of France from title page

Regulating the Silk Trade in Early Modern Lyon

By Jamie Cumby | This week’s item is a pamphlet describing the first set of ordinances to regulate the manufacture of luxury textiles in Lyon.  In addition to being a great example of early modern trade protectionism, Lyon’s silk industry was one of the city’s biggest employers.  This royal act, printed by the Lyon master-printer […]

De illustrium foeminarum title page

A treatise on famous female rulers

By Sandra Toffolo While descriptions of illustrious men were a well-known literary topos throughout Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the early modern period, the following book treats a different theme: illustrious women. The book in question is entitled De illustrium foeminarum in republica administranda, ac ferendis legibus authoritate libellus (‘Book about the right of illustrious […]

Les angoisses et remeds d’amours binding

Valentine’s Day from Vassar

By Jamie Cumby Today, Preserving the World’s Rarest Books invites you to be our Valentine for a discussion of Jean Bouchet’s Les angoisses et remeds d’amours (the agonies and remedies of love).  This collection of romance poems first appeared in Paris in 1501 (USTC 94750), followed by Bouchet’s authorized version in Poitiers in 1536 (USTC […]

Breviary Title Page

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. […]