inverted woodcut of the crucifixion and Spear of Longinus used on lower pastedown.

Read to Death: The Sole Surviving Copy of an Early Modern Bestseller

By Nora Epstein | For regular readers of the PWRB blog, it will come as no surprise that some of the rarest early modern books were not necessarily specialty items printed in small runs. Rather, some the most ubiquitous bestsellers of the Renaissance print market survive with only a single copy to attest to what […]

Title page from Theses theologicae de septimo capite ad Romanos

Fools Rush In: A Rare Franeker Thesis and the Preservation of Orthodoxy

By Forrest Strickland | It is often the case that many printed items from the early modern world that are now especially rare were some of the most ubiquitous in their day. Newspapers, academic disputations, ordinances, devotional books—the kinds of works that kept printers afloat—were intended to be read, shared, and eventually discarded. Seldom were […]