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Clashing inscriptions

This amusing exchange appears on the front pastedown of a 1794 edition of “The conduct of understanding” by John Locke. The inscriptions read: “C. Sturges K.C.C.  447 more words


A Renaissance library of Hebraica and Judaica

Rahel Fronda is Deputy Curator of Hebraica and Judaica at the Bodleian. She has recently finished cataloguing the Hebraica collection at Lincoln, a project made possible by a generous donation from the John S. 1,201 more words


Cardiff Rare Books Lecture Series - Professor David McKitterick.

On Thursday evening, February 12th, the SCOLAR Reading Room was full, with an audience keen to hear our guest lecture from Cambridge University  Professor, David McKitterick, whose talk, “What shall we do with all these old books”, explored themes from his new book – ‘Old Books, New Technologies: the Representation, Conservation, and Transformation of Books since 1700′. 184 more words

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To Repatriate or Not to Repatriate, That is the Question….James Cuno’s Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts

The topic of repatriation of cultural artifacts is hotly contested, with intense opinions and emotions on both sides of the argument. Repatriation of cultural artifacts is a process by which an item is returned to its country of origin. 630 more words


Stop Writing in My Book!

From the time we are little we are taught not to write in books—it will ruin them. But the older we get we learn to treasure and to get excited when we were lucky enough to find these ruins. 288 more words

The Bookplates and Provenance Adventure

Bookplates, as I have recently learned, are beautiful and varied means of identifying the owner of a book. Before this class, the only experiences I’d had with bookplates were a rubber stamp which my mother used to place family names in our books and the many… 993 more words

Ida Grady's Sunburst Quilt: Tracing a Stitch through Time

In January 2009, my Aunt Jeannie sent me an antique quilt that had belonged to my Grandma Coriell.

The quilt, entitled “Sunburst” per a label stitched in one corner of the quilt top, is a hand-pieced, hand-quilted “scrap” quilt, approximately 75″ x 77″ (roughly queen-sized).   2,725 more words