Glasgow Incunabula Project update (19/12/14)

As 2014 draws to a close, it is time to reflect on the progress made by our project over the past year, look forward to what is coming up, and – most importantly of all – wish all our blog readers a jolly happy Christmas!

Nativity scene from Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ (Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.2.24)

Nativity scene from Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ (Sp Coll Hunterian Bv.2.24)

We now have 930 of our incunables available and fully indexed on the project website. That means there are now less than one hundred books to be added. Jack Baldwin, our project researcher, has been making great progress behind the scenes. He has now actually examined and described over 1000 incunables, so we are well on target to complete the cataloguing by spring 2015. Each record is illustrated with at least three or four images, and our accompanying incunabula flickr set so far holds a staggering 3666 images. This in itself forms an incredibly useful research resource, and we are extremely grateful to our colleagues in the photographic unit for dealing with a seemingly endless* stream of 15th century books.

Ingenious Impression#5484B92015 will, of course, the year of our exhibition Ingenious Impressions. This show celebrates our work of the past five years on the Glasgow Incunabula Project and opens at the Hunterian on 27 February. However, if you can’t wait that long, our exhibition catalogue is already for sale! Beautifully produced by Scala publishers, it is available in our reading room for £10.

As well as the exhibition itself, we are planning a whole host of events and talks to publicise our incunabula. There will be weekly gallery insight talks on Wednesday lunchtimes while the exhibition is running, various printing workshops and demonstrations, a project talk and display of books (with wine!) on Thursday  19 March in Special Collections, a behind the scenes open studies day on Saturday 9 May, and an academic symposium to explore the research potential of incunabula in May. So really, we hope that the end of the project is only the beginning of a whole new lease of life for these facinating books.

In the meantime, seasons greetings. We look forward to updating you further in the New Year.

*But the end is now in sight, I promise you!

The latest ten books to be added to the project website are:



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