Nature Printing
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
by Elena Trowsdale, an English Literature and Language Finalist at Brasenose College on placement in Special Collections. Elena has been identifying some examples of ‘nature prints’ in Bodleian collections. Re-blogged from https://teachingthebook.com/ Fig 1: From Constantin von Ettingshausen’s ‘Über die Nervation der Blatter Bei der Gattung Quercus’ from volume two of Denkschriften der Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen classe der Kaiserlichen akademie der wissenschaften.. Beginning 25th July 2021, the Oxford Botanic Garden has been celebrating its 400th anniversary. The Bodl ..read more
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A virtual tour of Dante 1481 in multiple copies
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
See recording of the online multi-library event on 4 May 2021 See the film demonstrating printing an intaglio plate on a letterpress sheet A follow-up seminar will take place on 6 July 2021; Registration at this link. Bodleian Auct. 2Q 1.11, Canto Tertio, detail [re-blogged from Teaching the Book] Examining several copies of the same book, especially one printed before 1500, is an enlightening experience. The copy-census is a valuable method for the study of early printing and one which requires personal inspection of copies which may be widely distributed around the world. To do this in per ..read more
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How Religious Fanaticism Affected the Dating of a Book
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
Maria Czepiel Humanae Salutis Monumenta (‘HSM’) is a book of poems on Biblical subjects by the Spanish humanist Benito Arias Montano, richly illustrated with engravings. A copy of this work is in the Bodleian Library, at the shelfmark 4o Rawl.209. It bears on its frontispiece the date 1571 and, until recently, was dated as such by the Bodleian catalogue. Without knowing more about the book’s fortune, you wouldn’t think to doubt the date printed in the book. However, as we shall see, all is not what it seems. HSM is a revolutionary work which fused the popular genres of books of hours, illust ..read more
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How the Bodleian Library collected playbooks: evidence from Library Records
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
Tara Lyons (Illinois State University) Sassoon Visiting Fellowship, Bodleian Libraries Through an examination of the Bodleian’s archive of its own history, the Library Records collection, Tara Lyons has been investigating the earliest arrival of playbooks on the Bodleian’s shelves after the opening of the library in 1602. The records of books claimed by the library from the Stationers’ Company under the agreement of 1610 , and the binding of books now in the library, combined with clues from printed library catalogues and the lists of locations of books (the order in which they were found ..read more
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Invisible women: Yolande Bonhomme, 16th-century publisher
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
Francesca Galligan, Bodleian Rare Books There were many women printing in the 16th century. But for a variety of reasons, it can be hard to find their work in library catalogues. Yolande Bonhomme is a good example of this. She came from a printing family: her father Pasquier Bonhomme was a celebrated Parisian printer, and her husband Thielmann Kerver also ran a printing business in Paris. Bonhomme took over Kerver’s business when he died in 1522, as was permitted by the Guild system in 16th-century Paris. Reports of her output vary, from 200 editions (Beatrice Beech, based on Renouard) to 13 ..read more
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Die Armenbibel im Stundenbuch/ The Biblia Pauperum in the Book of Hours – On the multi-layered content of early printed Books of Hours
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
A guest post from Stefan Matter (Freiburg/Schweiz)  Abstract: Early printed books of hours are distinguished by their extensive border schemes, executed in text and images, which have hitherto scarcely been studied. They are, however, integral components of these prayerbooks, and offer insights to their readers into complex interconnections of salvation history. In the following reflections it is argued that the prints can only be understood when all of their component parts are considered together in their interplay. If this is undertaken systematically, they can provide insights in ..read more
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Lower Heyford and Caulcott War Memorial Library
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
“The best memorial of lives given in the defence of England and English ideals is something which will better the lives of those who are left and tend to make more secure the civilization for which our comrades have shed their blood.” Bodleian Vet. A7 d.799: subscription to raise money for a war memorial library, within a copy of J.C. Blomfield’s History of Lower and Upper Heyford Found within a copy of J.C. Blomfield’s History of Lower and Upper Heyford belonging to the George Dew Collection in the Bodleian Library is a snap shot showing the response of two small Oxfordshire villages to the ..read more
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Stuarts Online and animated
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
A web resource for schools, Stuarts Online, featuring materials from the Bodleian and Ashmolean has launched a video narrated by David Mitchell. The Stuarts in Seven Minutes has been produced as part of the Stuarts Online initiative. Produced by academics at the universities of Cambridge, Exeter, Nottingham and Oxford, Stuarts Online includes twenty short films – each centred on a key text or artefact – which explore the stories, conflicts and personalities central to the history of Stuart Britain. It also provides lesson plans, biographies, timelines, and other learning re ..read more
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Napoleonic ephemera in the Curzon Collection
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Centre for the Study of the Book
1y ago
This blog post comes to you from Adrian Kerrison, Senior Collections Support Assistant, who has been supervising the Weston Library re-ingest move since September 2014. When I am not working on the Weston move I have been listing the contents of the Lord Curzon collection of Napoleonic ephemera, a fascinating project assigned to me by the Rare Books department. Among the hundreds of engravings, portraits and satirical prints is a treasure trove of numerous letters from figures of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. Notable figures include Letizia Ramolino (Napoleon’s mother), Pope ..read more
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And so to Bod… Antiquarian Booksellers visit the Bodleian’s Weston Library
Bodleian Libraries » Rare Book
by Andrew Bonnie
1y ago
Guest post from Laurence Worms of Ash Rare Books, who visited with a group from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) As part of our ongoing series of exchange visits between booksellers and rare book librarians (our friends and colleagues in the Rare Books and Special Collections Group of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), a party of ABA members assembled in Oxford in mid November. Old haunts for me – parts of downtown Oxford almost unrecognisable after all these years, but beyond the city centre, up towards St Giles, things virtually unchanged in alm ..read more
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