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USTC

The USTC is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century

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USTC

The USTC is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century

SEARCH THE USTC

USTC

The USTC is a collective database of all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century

SEARCH THE USTC

ABOUT

RESEARCH

In our first years, and particularly in the smaller libraries, we spent much of our time creating inventories from hand-written or card catalogues. This data was collated...

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

With the completion in 2007 of work on French language books, the project turned its attention to other areas of Europe for which there were no comprehensive surveys of early print: notably the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) and the Low Countries...

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FUTURE

In September 2011 the project group received the welcome news that the AHRC would continue to support the work of the project for four more years. This will enable us to extend the range of the database into the seventeenth century...

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NEWS

THE ST ANDREWS BOOK CONFERENCE: BUYING AND SELLING

In 1472 the printers Sweynheym and Pannartz wrote a petition to Pope Sixtus IV: left with a large number of unsold printed books, they were now forced to ask for financial help or face utter failure. The advent of print changed the dynamics of supply and demand altogether. Some printers boomed while others quickly went bust. Pioneering merchants negotiated the book trade’s position within traditional labour market structures. Early printing entrepreneurial successes depended on the...

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SUCCESS OF ST ANDREWS ‘LOST BOOKS’ CONFERENCE

On 19-21 June the USTC group welcomed 40 guests for our sixth annual book history conference, on Lost Books. Over three days we heard 23 absorbing contributions, probing different aspects of loss: lost collections, dispersed libraries, lost items from inventories, and how, crucially, information on this lost matter can be retrieved. Two seminal papers, both from pioneers in this field, examined statistical models for recreating the whole corpus of lost books. Our last half day was devoted to...

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SURVEY OF 16TH-CENTURY GERMAN BROADSHEETS WELL UNDERWAY

The production and the distribution of broadsheets were essential components of the early modern printing business. Ephemeral publications such as single sheets provided printers with healthy profits and many depended on this trade for their survival. For this reason broadsheets present a vital source for understanding the printing industry in the Holy Roman Empire in the early modern period. The study of this trade is however made more difficult by the fact that single-sheet publications...

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