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William Sanders: A Life of Science and Satire

Satire in Scotland Scientific disputes were not uncommon in the seventeenth century. However, some basic civilities had to be observed. When in 1667 James Gregory (c. 1638–1675), who held the first Regius Chair of Mathematics at the University of St Andrews, started a fight with the famous polymath Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695), the Royal Society had […]

the story of Cadmus, founder of Thebes.

(S)expurgation: Censoring images in Ovid’s Metamorphosis

By Jessica Farrell-Jobst | Within the collection of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at the University of Toronto is a 1517 folio edition of Ovid’s Metamorphosis printed in Venice by Georgio Rusconi (USTC 763005). Metamorphosis was one of the most popular texts of the early modern period, having been printed in at least […]

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Setting an Example: the Bibliography of Conrad Gessner

By Hanna de Lange | In 1545 Zürich printer Christoph Froschauer published the Bibliotheca Universalis (USTC 616753) by Conrad Gessner (1516-1565). Like our own universal catalogue, the USTC, Gessner meticulously compiled a list of authors and their books, an undertaking that earned him the title ‘the father of bibliography’. Conrad Gessner was a Swiss polymath, […]