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We recently brought out treasures from our rare book and special collections stacks for a visiting History of the Book class from UMD’s iSchool. Many of the books on display represented a wide variety of illustrations, from early incunable woodcuts and the delicate wood engravings of Thomas Bewick to more modern lithography, aquatints, and engraving techniques. 116 more words
Something is very strange about this title page. Amusingly so. Can you see what it is?
During printing the second “M” of the second word in the title, “GRAMMAIRE”, must accidentally have been omitted (fairly embarrassing for a work on the correct use of language!) and a smaller second M has consequently been stamped-in by hand using a smaller typeface to correct the mistake. 1,253 more words
This afternoon I was tidying in the Special Collections when I came across a letter relevant to the provenance of the Baines Collection. I thought I would share with you some of this information in terms of piecing together the existing information with the content of the letter and give you some idea of what is contained in this fascinating collection. 751 more words
Some time ago, whilst working in the closed stacks at Emerald Street I came across sections of a newsletter in Nandi which I found by chance tucked away in one of the historical textbooks. 1,325 more words