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October 2020

The first book In Irish type printed by Typis Sacræ Congreg. de Propaganda Fide

380J   Francis Molloy. fl 1660 Lucerna fidelium, seu, Fasciculus decerptus ab authoribus magis versatis, qui tractarunt de doctrina Christiana : divisus in tres partes. Romæ : Typis Sacræ Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, M DC LXXVI [1676]     $5,500... Continue Reading →

A brief walkthrough of the Mass: Lections, Responses, and Gospel

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The Latin Mass Society of Bloomington, IN

Following the Collect, the priest (who should already be at the epistle side of the altar) announces and begins to read the epistle. (Which should technically be called the “Lection” or “Lesson,” since, after all, it isn’t always one of the Epistles). Afterward, he moves to the center of the altar, prays a few preparatory prayers while the Gradual and Alleluia are chanted (at a High Mass; at a Low Mass, he would have already spoken them aloud before moving to the center), and then proceeds to the Gospel side of the altar to pray the Gospel; at a Solemn High Mass, the deacon will proceed to the left of the altar altogether, sometimes to a separate altar, and proclaim the Gospel facing to the left, as pictured below.westminster-cathedral-gospel-reading-tlm

It’s opportune to reflect here on the idea of “epistle” and “Gospel” sides of the altar. If you’re sitting in…

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An early fifteenth century manuscript Homiliary

281J           Early 15th century  Homiliary   {Homiliarius doctorum qui omiliarius dici solet ... Hieronymi Augustini, Ambrosii, Jo. Chrysostomi, Gregorii, Origenis, Bede et complures ..}?  St Augustine (354- 430),  John Christomos  (349-407) St Benedict , Pope Leo ... Continue Reading →

Dogs in early printed books

I love dogs in early books thus my logo!

Europe's printed and hand-written books in the spotlight

by Dr Kathleen Walker-Meikle

Dogs abound in medieval manuscripts, from hounds scampering after hares in the margins (and occasionally finding themselves the target of lupine rage) to full page illuminations in folios depicting pet dogs, guard dogs, hunting dogs, wild dogs, and generally just being very dog-like. Early printed books might have (alas) less planned marginalia but the dogs never disappear. They might appear in hand-painted illustrations, spontaneous doodles on the part of a reader or in printed woodcuts.

In the woodcuts of early printed books, they command the centre of attention or take up a supporting role. An example of the latter is the rather marvellous dog who accompanies the author Jean Gerson (1363–1429), in the guise of a Christian pilgrim, in the woodcut frontispiece to the 1489 edition of his collected works (printed by George Stuchs in Nuremberg). Today the illustration’s main claim to fame…

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‘ERESIE’ I choose with my own human reason…

The guilt of heresy is measured not so much by its subject-matter as by its formal principle, which is the same in all heresies: revolt against a Divinely constituted authority. Heresiology "Why Is Contemporary Scholarship So Enamored of Ancient Heretics?"... Continue Reading →

The fist Published Irish Author: Richard FitzRalph. (circa 1300-1360)

First edition of the second published work by the author of the first book by an Irishman to be printed (1483 Defensorium Curatorum ) and consequently, for example, his theory of dominion was still being discussed in the sixteenth century.... Continue Reading →

New Catalogue for Fall 2020 Fascicule XXII follow the link above to see a pdf of the catalogue! fascicule XXII October 2020 New Catalogue for fall part 1FASCICULE XXII​ October. 2020 Books from 1460-1520   Click the links to see a PDF of fascicule XXII35 books described (at length),... Continue Reading →

CERL Newsletter (June 2020)

CERL newsletter

Europe's printed and hand-written books in the spotlight

The last CERL meeting where all CERL members could meet in person was in October 2019, when we met at the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek in Göttingen. In our Newsletter of December 2019, we reported on elections and other outcomes of that meeting, and the slides presented at the seminar are available on the CERL website. In this Newsletter we highlight CERL activities in the first months of 2020.

In the course of March 2020, CERL staff and most of our colleagues in member institutions and other organisations with which we collaborate, were instructed to work from home. Not much later, it became evident that CERL would have to cancel the meetings of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, as well as the CERL Seminar that had been scheduled to take place in May 2020 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in Brussels. We had received a warm invitation to…

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The Golden Age of the Jagiellonian Dynasty, that is, how a library can go virtual during the pandemic times

In responce to covid 19, a tour from afar

Europe's printed and hand-written books in the spotlight

By DrAgnieszkaFranczyk-Cegła, Ossoliński National Institute, Wrocław, Poland

The Ossolineum Library (Wrocław, Poland) has launched a virtual exhibition entitled ‘The Golden Age of the Jagiellonian Dynasty’ of which the Consortium of the European Research Libraries is an honorary patron: The online exposition, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Polish King Sigismund II Augustus, presents manuscripts, early printed books and artifacts from the period called the Golden Age of Polish culture. The materials illustrate the most important phenomena, events and trends that shaped Polish Renaissance. The items presented at the exhibition are grouped around three narrative sections:

  • the dynasty and state of the Jagiellonians (objects illustrating the biographies and achievements of individual rulers, portraits of kings and queens, their autographs, seals and books depicting the most important events in their lives, phenomena such as Jagiellonian foreign policy, etc.),
  • society and economy in the Jagiellonian era (objects…

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