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Decency in Conservation

473 J Hawkins, Francis, trans. (1628-1681)  Youths behaviour, or, Decency in conversation amongst men. In laudem Authoris. Though here be wonder when 'tis knowne,A Child should make this worke his owne,(Since he that can translate and please,Must needs command two Languages:)Yet... Continue Reading →

Hrabanus Maurus 784-856

Hrabanus Maurus 469J   Rabanus Maurus. 784-856?  Magnencij Rabani Mauri De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis opus. erudcione versu prosaq[ue] mirificum. edited by Jacobus Wimpheling. Phorçheim. [Pforzheim : In ædibus Thom[ae] Anshelmi., 1503.     $24,000 ChanceryFolio 31 x 21cm. signatures: Aa6 Bb4... Continue Reading →

The variety of the human face. Johann Valentin Merbitz 1676

Johann Valentin Merbitz ;  Hrabanus Maurus, ärkebiskop av Mainz M. Johannis Valentini Merbitzii De varietate faciei humanæ, discursus physicus. Appendicis loco accedunt Carmina figurata, Rabani Mauri. Dresden. Apud Mart, Gabrielem Hübnerum, ex officina electorali, typis viduæ & hæredum Melchioris Bergenii. M. DC.... Continue Reading →

The lunatic library

As Some of you know Umberto Eco bought a few books from me on his trips through Cambridge, mostly wonderful and odd books. and Like Steven J. Gould he was looking for books which in a sustained and  enthusiastic way concepts which  today are considered “WRONG”  an idea they shared as very exposing of what “history might become”
In fondo, è solo un trucco<. Is a perfect way to sum it up!

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Umberto Eco in his library

Last February, the news came that Umberto Eco’s library would pass under the protection of the Italian state. His modern library, including his archives, would be preserved at the University of Bologna, while Eco’s ancient library would be kept by the Braidense National Library in Milan.

Despite becoming one of the world’s leading medievalists and a ground-breaking figure in premodern studies, Eco never lost his sense of wonder at the strangeness of the medieval world. Nothing better reflects this than the title he bestowed on his library, the Biblioteca Semiologica Curiosa, Lunatica, Magica et Pneumatica. Curious, wacky, magical and spiritual, not that there are clear links between the four epithets. The world of medieval books comes across in all its lunacy, its lunaticitas, as if medieval letters were struck by madness with every cycle of the moon, luna. In a way they…

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My CERL Internship at the Metropolitan Seminary Library in Warsaw

This looks like a fun and useful project

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

By Martyna Osuch, University of Warsaw Library

Throughout January 2021, I had the possibility of working at the Metropolitan Seminary Library of the Archdiocese of Warsaw as part of my CERL Internship. I was tasked with entering the provenances of the seminary’s incunabula into the MEI database. Due to the difficult situation of the pandemic, I got the opportunity to work at the Seminary Library in the city of my residence instead of interning at the Huntington Library in California.

About the library

The Metropolitan Seminary was founded in 1682 as the St. John Seminary[1]. Today, its building is located in the center of Warsaw, on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street. The area is usually crowded with tourists, so I was somewhat surprised to see how deserted it had become due to COVID.

Deserted center of Warsaw, January 2021

The Metropolitan Seminary Library currently holds 58,000 volumes of early…

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Fascicule XXVII may 2021 Printed books 1501-1600

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Fascicule XXVII may 2021 Printed books 1501-1600

YOU CAN view this through you web browser to get the link button to work. TO DOWNLOAD FASCICULE XXVII Push the Download button xxvii-c2a7-16thc.Download TO DOWNLOAD FASCICULE XXVII xxvii-c2a7-16thc.-2Download xxvii-c2a7-16thc.-1Download TO DOWNLOAD FASCICULE XXVII Check the button above. Below you... Continue Reading →

Albrecht Dürer

392J. Albrecht DÜRER 1471-1528, Translator Giovanni Paolo Gallucci,; 1538-1621? Di Alberto Durero pittore, e geometra chiarissimo. Della simmetria dei corpi humani. Libri quattro : Nuouamente tradotti dalla lingua Latina nella Italiana, da M. Gio. Paolo Gallucci Salodiano. Academico Veneto. Et accresciuti... Continue Reading →

Hrabanus Maurus 784-856

Hrabanus Maurus 469J   Rabanus Maurus. 784-856?  Magnencij Rabani Mauri De Laudib[us] sancte Crucis opus. erudcione versu prosaq[ue] mirificum. edited by Jacobus Wimpheling. Phorçheim. [Pforzheim : In ædibus Thom[ae] Anshelmi., 1503.     $24,000 ChanceryFolio 31 x 21cm. signatures: Aa6 Bb4... Continue Reading →

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