The Universal Short Title Catalogue
The Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century.
The project brings together data from established national bibliographical projects and new projects undertaken by the project team based in St Andrews, with partners in University College, Dublin. This new work builds upon the principles established by the St Andrews French Vernacular Book project, completed and published in 2007.
New work undertaken in St Andrews has created new bibliographies of Latin books published in France (FB volumes 3 & 4) and of books published in the Low Countries (NB). The project team will also collect and analyse information on books published in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Meanwhile, partners in University College, Dublin have created a bibliography of books published in the Iberian Peninsula (IB).
In 2011 this was brought together with information on books published in Italy, Germany and Britain to create a fully searchable resource covering all of Europe. This provides access to the full bibliographic information, locations of surviving copies and, where available, digital full text editions that can be accessed through the database. All told, this information will encompass approximately 355,000 editions and around 1.5 million surviving copies, located in over 5,000 libraries worldwide.
The USTC also hosts a series of conferences held annually in St Andrews in September. The project is also associated with the Library of the Written Word published by Brill, also the publishers of the printed bibliographies.
The USTC is funded via a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. A related project on medical books in the sixteenth century is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
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