The Anatomy of Bibliomania

Special Collections cataloger at Tisch Library; opinions my own.

Mar 14
Another detail from Tisch Library’s recently acquired 1591 copy of Evangelium Iesu Christi quemadmodum scripsit Mar Mattheus unus ex duodecim discipulis eius. Because what the internet really needs is pictures of more cats.

Another detail from Tisch Library’s recently acquired 1591 copy of Evangelium Iesu Christi quemadmodum scripsit Mar Mattheus unus ex duodecim discipulis eiusBecause what the internet really needs is pictures of more cats.


Mar 13

Details of some of the woodcuts by Leonardo Norsino, after Antonio Tempesta, in Tisch Library’s recently acquired 1591 copy of Evangelium Iesu Christi quemadmodum scripsit Mar Mattheus unus ex duodecim discipulis eius. The first printing of the Gospels in Arabic. Fascinating enough—made more so by the discovery of some snake skin in the margin.


Mar 6

Teaser for tomorrow.

Teaser for tomorrow.


From the 1st edition of Le scienze matematische … 1577.  Woodcut printer’s device on title page, woodcut initials, H1 signed with a stuck on paper label and inscribed by Sir Kenelm Digby. Stamped as a Macclesfield copy.

Again, this is one of those moments when time itself becomes vertiginous and for a brief moment I sense Sir Kenelm Digby’s presence as he indulgences his curious passion for the sciences.  According to the ODNB, “Digby was one of the most remarkable thinkers and scientific  enquirers of his day.”  


Mar 5

I’ve uploaded other images from this book before, but it was recently brought up for a class and I thought I share a few more images.  From Relation nouvelle d’un voyage de Constantinople…


Mar 4

Libellus, cui titulum fecit….Lyons: Guillaume Rouille, 1553.  A 16mo with “woodcut printer’s device, woodcut headpieces and initials and a curious impression at the foot of the last page of text”—Seller’s notes.

Freshly arrived from Blackwell Rare Books.


Mar 3

Passio Domini Nostri….Italian 15th century, manuscript on vellum.  

Gift of Walter F. Welch


Feb 28

XSLT & Regex dedup success, or, I can now output a fairly clean spreadsheet of selected RBMS controlled vocabularies from a MARCXML file. I.e. I can give you an alphabetical list of every term marked with, say,”rbbin” in $2, and remove exact matching duplicates. Why….? Because why not!


Feb 27

Interesting little “bound-with” that was originally destined to be deaccessioned in 1962 for not being necessary to the collection.


Feb 26

From: Liber Aemilii probi seu Cornelii Nepotis, de Vita excellentium imperatorum

Gift of Rev. Elliot Bates Barber, 1886.


From Tisch Library’s copy of: Prediche quaresimali.Bound in Venetian red morocco with the arms and Cardinal’s hat of Frederico Maria Giovanelli, Patriarch of Venice.

Gift of Walter F. Welch


Feb 25

I’m running a gauntlet of meetings today (From 10-4) but grabbed a few seconds to snap some quick images of this 16mo. Enjoy!


Feb 24

Details of some fun initials—brought to you by the letter Q (mostly).


Some details of a blind tooled pigskin binding with metal clasps. 

Gift of Walter F. Welch


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