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  • [+] More Reformation 500: Luther autograph on display - Bodleian Oxford 30 Oct - 3rd Nov 2017 


    Reformation 500: Luther autograph on display - Bodleian Oxford 30 Oct - 3rd Nov 2017
    By Alexander Peplow Published since 31 Oct 2017
    A Commonplace Reformation: Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Add. A. 92 – Martin Luther’s Autograph Collection of Proverbs
    This manuscript is one of two in the Bodleian’s possession which are written in Martin Luther’s own hand, and, running to 40 pages, is by far the more substantial – though, about the size of a postcard, it remains small. It is a collection of proverbs (Sprichwörter), mostly in German, and dating from some point in the later 1530s or early 1540s. It was acquired by the Bodleian for £45 in 1865 –the ‘carelessness and poverty’ of German libraries and museums for allowing this to happen was later lamented.
  • [+] More To all Lovers and Investigators of Nature: Maria Sibylla Merian; 1647-1717 


    To all Lovers and Investigators of Nature: Maria Sibylla Merian; 1647-1717
    Published since 24 Apr 2017
    2017 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of the German artist and entomologist Maria Sibylla Merian, one of the most celebrated natural scientists of her time. From an early age she pursued a fascination with the insect life cycle, then only partially understood. Merian was the first to bring together insects and their habitats and the knowledge she collected provided important insights into medicine and science.
  • [+] More The new Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp – “The Book is Central” 


    The new Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp – “The Book is Central”
    Published since 08 Nov 2016

    On 30 September 2016, one of the most treasured places for printing history and the history of the book re-opened after extensive renovations, the new Plantin-Moretus Museum.
    Various festivities accompanied the opening on three consecutive days and invited the public to take part in the fascinating history of the museum.

    The new museum takes the visitor on a unique journey of the life and legacy of the publisher Christoffel Plantin and his inlaws Moretus whose achievements had put Antwerp on the map. The biggest authors and scientists of their time found their way to Antwerp’s Vrijdagmarkt and Plantin was able to spread their ideas throughout the world.

  • [+] More From Clay to Clouds – The Evolution of the Catalogue (2000 BC – 21st Century) 


    From Clay to Clouds – The Evolution of the Catalogue (2000 BC – 21st Century)
    Published since 12 Mar 2015

    Since the beginnings in the second millennium BC, the catalogue has accompanied the history and development of our written heritage. With its complex and at the same time precise concept and structure, the catalogue represents a fundamental ambition which is the origin of science and culture: to name, to describe and to classify the universe. Catalogues allow us to find taxonomies for the elements and all aspects of nature, nomenclatures to identify the stars, and devices to find access to our written heritage, to education and learning as well as to trade and economics and to the printing of books.

  • [+] More Beach Reading - The Yongle Encyclopedia 


    Beach Reading - The Yongle Encyclopedia
    Published since 21 Mar 2013

    The worst insult you can hurl at academics is to say they haven't even read the books they presume to comment on. A confession: Not only do I have to admit that there are reference books in here that I haven’t read through; in fact, there are very few works that I have read from cover to cover - or, since many are in multiple volumes, from cover to cover to cover to cover to cover.... One work I haven't read is the Yongle Encyclopedia. I think I have pretty good reasons, though, for not reading it: viz., 1. It's very long; 2. It's in a language I don't read; and 3. It doesn't actually exist.

  • [+] More Allah, God, and Zeus Walked Into a ... 


    Allah, God, and Zeus Walked Into a ...
    Published since 27 Sep 2011

    Hunayn ibn Ishaq, Al-Kindi, Al-Razi, Al-Farabi, Ibn Sina, Al-Ghazali, Muhammud ibn 'Abdun, 'Abd'l-Rahman ibn Ismail, Ibn Bajjah, Ibn Rushd, these are all names that most of the West are unfamiliar with, but are some of the ones to which we owe a great deal.  They were responsible for safeguarding and spreading the knowledge that came from the Greeks, but which had been lost, due to lack of interest by the West.

  • [+] More A Tribute to J. Ch. Brunet 


    A Tribute to J. Ch. Brunet
    Published since 28 Apr 2011

    As the twentieth century draws to a close, with frontiers about to disappear and the Europe of 1993 in the offing, it may be interesting to observe that for a very long time, indeed for centuries, there has existed a category of persons who took no note of frontiers. These 'avant-garde' Europeans, or rather world citizens, are the people who deal in books - bibliophiles, bibliopoles, and bibliographers.

  • [+] More Rare Books in the Press: Monster Smackdown - The Trojan Horse Vs. Godzilla At Cornell Library 


    Rare Books in the Press: Monster Smackdown - The Trojan Horse Vs. Godzilla At Cornell Library
    Published since 20 Apr 2011

    “Man has a long history of creating ‘famous’ animals. Some are mythical or literary, like the Minotaur or Toto. Others are real animals, elevated to celebrity status like Rin Tin Tin, or more recently, Internet sensation Maru the Cat. A fascinating new exhibit at Cornell University's Carl A. Kroch Library uses rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and artifacts to explore ‘how and why humans choose to elevate certain individual animals or species to the status of divinities, emblems, mascots, heroes, or celebrities’."

  • [+] More Rare Books in the Press - Conservation of Jefferson's Bible 


    Published since 14 Mar 2011

    Fine Books & Collections announces: "The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is currently performing a conservation treatment to ensure the long-term preservation of Thomas Jefferson’s bible, a small handmade book that provides an intimate view of Jefferson’s private religious and moral philosophy ...

  • [+] More Analyzing Literature by Words and Numbers 


    Analyzing Literature by Words and Numbers
    Published since 09 Dec 2010

    How often do words like “God,” “love,” “work,” “science” or “industrial” appear in British book titles from the French Revolution in 1789 to the beginning of World War I in 1914? Thousands? Millions? What do you guess? Dan Cohen and Fred Gibbs, historians at George Manson University, try to find the exact answer by means of statistic analysis. 

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