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Preserving the world’s first illustrated newspaper

By Arthur der Weduwen | The Heritage Library in Antwerp (Erfgoedbibliotheek Hendrik Conscience), one of our PWRB library partners, holds a distinguished collection of early printed news pamphlets and newspapers. The jewel in this collection is a series of some 400 publications by Abraham Verhoeven (1575-1652), an Antwerp printer, publisher and woodcut artist, which have […]

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1959, Special Collections at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville began in one room of the James D. Hoskins Library with a core collection of early British, European, and American books. During the 1960s, the library expanded with two building additions and the acquisition of the University Archives. In 2009, Special Collections relocated to the John C. Hodges […]

Plantin's Printer's Device

A Prohibited Pocket-Book: Christophe Plantin’s 1564 Genevan Psalter

By Elise Watson | In 1564, famed Antwerp printer Christophe Plantin published a small-format edition of a popular metrical psalter, a book of Biblical psalms intended for liturgical use. The National Library of the Netherlands in the Hague contains a copy of this psalter, entitled Les Pseaumes de David, mis en rime françois (The Psalms […]

BIU Santé (Paris)

The BIU Santé (Paris) is a major reference library in health sciences in France. From its two Parisian sites (one covering pharmacy, the other medicine and dentistry), it welcomes medical, pharmacy and odontology students, as well as health professionals (doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, etc.) and researchers from France and the whole world. The collection held […]

Ephemeron, Johns Hopkins

Preserving the World’s Rarest Ephemera?

By Earle Havens | This week’s post is by Dr Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books & Manuscripts at the Johns Hopkins University. The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins is one of our Preserving the World’s Rarest Books partners. Featured image: Ferdinand I, King of the Romans, Bohemia, Hungary, and Croatia, Holy Roman Empire. […]

Melchior Hoffman, printed in Kiel

Printing in Kiel: Only Surviving Books Found

By Drew Thomas | Most of the major printing centres across sixteenth-century Europe were in cities that were also major centres of culture, commerce and trade. However, despite being an important port on the Baltic sea, the German city of Kiel never had a vibrant printing industry. According to Christoph Reske’s authoritative reference on early […]

Don Sebastian, title page

Follow the bookworm: a French copy of John Dryden’s Don Sebastian

By Chloé Favriou| The Université Rennes 2 special collection library holds a large number of books written in English. However, not all would necessarily be referred to as rare, as some books exist in many copies throughout the English-speaking world. But, it is unusual to come across such a large collection—about 2,000 books—in a French provincial […]

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It’s All Greek to Me: Learning Greek Without Latin

By Abby-Eleonore Thouvenin | In 1915, the library of eminent classics scholar, Sir James Donaldson, was bequeathed to the University of St Andrews, where he had served as Senior Principal of the University. One of the thousands of books gifted to the University was written by Chrysoloras (1355 – 1415), a Byzantine teacher who taught […]

Rennes UL, books

Université Rennes 2

The origins of the special collections in Rennes are shared by two universities. Today, each of the libraries of the Université Rennes 1 (Law-Economics-Business; Medicine; Science) and Université Rennes 2 (Humanities-Social Sciences) holds a part of this collection. The division by discipline was implemented in the second half of the 20th century and was determined […]