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Sole Survivors at Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Posted May 21, 2018

On Wednesday 16 May, USTC Director Andrew Pettegree and Project Manager Graeme Kempt flew to Dublin to help celebrate the launch of Marsh’s Library’s exhibition of their ‘Sole Survivors’: books from their library of which they hold the only known surviving copy. ‘Sole Survivors’ displays 32 of the most interesting unique items in collection. This represents less than 10% of the 387 books in Marsh’s Library which survive in only one copy. This exhibition was designed in association with the St Andrews book project group’s programme Preserving the World’s Rarest Books, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York, of which Marsh’s Library is a founder member.continue reading


USTC PhD scholarship available

Posted October 23, 2017

The USTC group is offering a PhD scholarship for a suitably qualified candidate who wishes to conduct advanced work on the dissemination of books printed in Britain and Ireland on the European book market. In the first age of print, the British Isles played a largely peripheral role in the European book world. The volume of works published in England was small, and in Scotland, Wales and Ireland smaller still. British readers sourced most serious works of scholarship from Continental markets. In the seventeenth century this began to change. London, in particular, began to play a more significant role in the international Latin trade. This dissertation will make use of book trade catalogue data, along with archival sources, to determine which British authors and works published in Britain found the greatest international resonance.continue reading


Arthur der Weduwen wins James D. Forbes Collecting Prize

Posted August 31, 2017

Arthur der Weduwen has been awarded the James D. Forbes Prize of the University of St Andrews. The prize is awarded to a student collector who has assembled a collection of books, printed ephemera, manuscripts or photographs, tied together by a common theme. This is one of eight such collecting prizes now offered in British universities. Arthur was awarded the prize for his developing collection of the everyday books of the Dutch Golden Age. Here he describes his collection, in conversation with Project Director Andrew Pettegree. Arthur der Weduwen began collecting when he came to St Andrews to begin his M. Litt. in book history...continue reading


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