Of Monsters and Men

By Barnaby Cullen |   ‘He also had no eyes… the mouth was nearly the same as that of a rabid dog, inside it had three black teeth, above a broad white finger bone, pointed like a sturgeon’s rostrum … which was horrible to behold.’   This rather gruesome quote is taken from the Erclerug […]

Smelling the Paper Flowers: Nature Brought to Life from Ad vivum to Virtuality

By Saara Penttinen | An ad vivum image is often understood as meaning something created “from life”, as in as a direct result of natural observation. The phrase was somewhat fashionable in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, used by naturalists, poets, and scholars trying to depict the relationship between art and nature. There is, however, […]

Reading Descartes: The Case of Colin Campbell

By Philippe Schmid | Biography of a Student Teaching at Scottish universities underwent a period of change during the seventeenth century. While Aristotelian philosophy and scholastic methods of teaching were still dominant until the end of the century, many developments in natural philosophy were introduced into the curriculum. By the beginning of the eighteenth century, […]

USTC Adds Survey of Swedish Printing, 1601-1650

By Arthur der Weduwen  | Over the past year, the USTC team has made it a priority to expand its coverage of national print cultures that have thus far been underrepresented in our database. This past year we have made significant progress, and have expanded the USTC with coverage of the print production of Latvia, […]

Working with Library Treasures

By Sandra Toffolo | Our programme ‘Preserving the World’s Rarest Books’ has now existed for five years. In that time we have collaborated with 66 libraries from 17 countries all over the world, matching many thousands of rare early printed books. Over the past three years, I have been fortunate enough to work closely with many […]

A Flight of Fancy

By Jacob Baxter | At 20.17 (GMT) on 20 July 1969, close to one billion people witnessed something extraordinary. Across the globe, millions of flickering TV screens showed a space capsule touching down on the Sea of Tranquillity, over 250,000 miles away from Earth. After an agonising six and a half hour wait, Neil Armstrong […]

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Joking with Printed Images: Vesalius, Putti, and Courtly Ambition

By Richard Bellis | Andreas Vesalius’s 1543 work, De humani corporis fabrica libri septem (On the fabric of the human body in seven books, USTC 606035), is considered a landmark publication in the history of anatomy, because it provided the first comprehensive set of illustrations of the anatomy of the human body based on dissections […]

It’s all Gucci (and Gessner)

By Nora Epstein | Over the last millennia, Westminster Abbey has been the venue for coronations, royal weddings, and in summer of 2016, its first fashion show. The relatively new director of Gucci, Alessandro Michele, explained how his appreciation of English visual history inspired the collection and his choice of location. Michele’s vivid juxtaposition of […]

USTC Completes Full Survey of Icelandic Printing, 1534-1650

By Arthur der Weduwen | Over the past year, the USTC team has made it a priority to expand its coverage of national print cultures that have thus far been underrepresented in our database. When printing emerged in the fifteenth century it spread quickly throughout Western and Southern Europe, but failed to settle in broad […]