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!
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.
2015 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:
- Lambertus de Monte: Copulata tractatuum Petri Hispani et parvorum logicalium etiam Syncategorematum, cum textu, secundum doctrinam Thomae Aquinatis [Cologne]: Ulrich Zel, 4 Apr. 1490
- Thomas de Argentina: Scripta super quattuor libros sententiarum Strassburg: Martin Flach (printer of Strassburg), 1490
- Lactantius, Lucius Coelius Firmianus: Opera Rome: Conradus Sweynheym and Arnoldus Pannartz, 1468 [two copies]
- Sannazaro, Jacopo: L’Arcadia [Naples: n. pr., not before 1504]
- Petrus Lombardus: Glossa magistralis Psalterii Nuremberg: Johann Sensenschmidt and Andreas Frisner, 12 Feb. 1478
- Hieronymus: Vitae sanctorum patrum, sive Vitas patrum [English].The lyff of the faders Westminster: Wynkyn de Worde, [before 21 Aug.] 1495
- Boccaccio, Giovanni: Il Filocolo Venice:Gabriele di Pietro and Filippo di Pietro, 20 Nov. 1472
- Guido de Cauliaco: Chirurgia Venice: Simon de Luere, for Andreas Torresanus, de Asula, 23 Dec. 1499
- Saliceto, Guilelmus de: Summa conservationis et curationis. Chirurgia Venice: [Marinus Saracenus], 4 June 1489.
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