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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 […]

French Breviary

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 […]