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The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue is the international database of 15th-century European printing created by the British Library with contributions from institutions worldwide. You can: perform a simple search using different kinds of keywords find items by browsing author, title, dates, and other headings The database records nearly every item printed from movable type before 1501, but not material printed entirely from woodblocks or engraved plates. 29,777 editions are listed as at January 8th 2008, including some 16th-century items previously assigned incorrectly to the 15th century.
Variants and corrections inserted in the Cambridge University Library copy of the Aldine edition of De Aetna ( Inc.4.B.3.134 ) have been identified as autograph additions by the author of the text, the learnead Venetian humanist Pietro Bembo. Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) was the most influential among 16 th -century scholars for the future development of the Italian language and Italian literature. He wrote De Aetna , a fictitious dialogue between himself and his father Bernardo relating to Pietro’s trip to Mount Etna in Sicily during an eruption, while he was studying Greek with Konstantinus Lascaris. The book was published in Venice by Aldus Manutius in February 1495 more Veneto, i.e. 1496 ( ISTC ib00304000 ; GW 3810 ). Its publication was important for three reasons: it is Bembo’s first Latin work, it is the first of his works to be put into print and it is the first Latin text printed by Aldus Manutius.
Woodcut became a popular medium for images in Europe starting in the early 15th century. Small individual images, often of religious themes or of a more secular kind such as playing cards, survive from the period before the advent of the printed book in Europe in the 1450s. Evidence in Bodleian collections shows how these woodcuts could be used, as they are preserved within other volumes, including manuscripts. Later, printers commissioned woodcuts to illustrate their publications. Metalcut, also a relief process, involved carving or stippling into soft metal. Web resource: Bodleian woodcuts and blockbooks
The Bodleian Incunable Catalogue: A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford A Catalogue of Books Printed in the Fifteenth Century now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, by Alan Coates, Kristian Jensen, Cristina Dondi, Bettina Wagner, and Helen Dixon, with the assistance of Carolinne White and Elizabeth Mathew; blockbooks, woodcuts and metalcut single sheets by Nigel F. Palmer; an inventory of Hebrew incunabula by Silke Schaeper (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005); 3088 pages, 6 volumes.
Le projet Manuscriptorium crée un environnement virtuel de recherches permettant d'accéder à tous les documents numériques existants dans le domaine des ressources historiques de livre (manuscrits, incunabula, livres imprimés, cartes, chartes et d'autres types des documents). Ces ressources historiques, autrement dispersées dans diverses bibliothèques numériques autour du monde, sont maintenant disponibles via une simple interface de bibliothèque numérique . Le service fournit l'accès à plus de 5 millions d'images numériques.
While CERL is working towards the full integration of IPI data into the CERL Thesaurus, this full-text search has been made available. Contents: IPI contains some 32,000 entries of personal names, institutional names, monograms, and arms pertaining to the ownership of incunabula. They were extracted by Paul Needham from some 200 published catalogues of incunabula with provenance information, augmented with information from his personal research, and placed in a word file of some 1,267 pages or 500,565 words.
MEI is a database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence (or copy specific, post-production evidence and provenance information) of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. MEI is linked to the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) , provided by the British Library, from which it derives the bibliographical records, and it allows the user at last to combine searches of bibliographical records (extracted from ISTC) with copyspecific records. Uniquely, every element recorded (a certain style of decoration or binding, a manuscript note, etc.) is treated as a valuable clue for provenance, therefore it can be geographically located and chronologically dated.