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Exploring the Wilde bequest: offprints and beyond

Monday, 15 July, 2013 by hlam

Having this week completed a reorganization of fifteen boxes of offprints from the Johannes Wilde bequest; I thought I would write a few words on the material preserved within these boxes. This fragment of Wilde’s legacy collection, significant in size … Continue reading

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Featured Book: Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene

Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 by Eleanor Keane

Choosing a ‘favourite thing’ from the Book Library is very difficult because we have such a wealth of items in our Special Collections and also on our main shelves.  Since I began working here I have come across tiny, fragile … Continue reading

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Good news for Raphael lovers…

Tuesday, 22 January, 2013 by Erica Foden-Lenahan

  The cataloguing of the John Shearman library is proceeding apace and a jewel of the library is his Raphael collection. The Raphael books number just over 250 volumes and are, except for the occasional stray volume, fully catalogued. The … Continue reading

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Special Collections Projects Underway

Wednesday, 4 April, 2012 by Hannah Thomas

2012 is proving to be a big year for the Special Collections at the Courtauld Book Library. We now have two dedicated Special Collections Librarians – Erica Foden-Lenahan (Tues & Sat) and Hannah Thomas (Weds-Fri) – who will be working … Continue reading

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Provenance help with a bookplate

Friday, 6 January, 2012 by Erica Foden-Lenahan

Descrizzione delle imagini dipinte da Rafaelle d’Urbino nelle camere del Palazzo Apostolico Vaticano, a work by Giovanni Pietro Bellori. We are fortunate to have two copies of this work and the copy that was part of the John Shearman bequest … Continue reading

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Book cleaning CABS book of the month – November

Saturday, 26 November, 2011 by Book Library Team

As a conservator you know why it is important to clean books, but sometimes it feels like you are not making any appreciable difference. Until you take a photograph half way through a cleaning job and you see the value … Continue reading

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Emblemata, Emblemata, Emblemata – May

Saturday, 30 April, 2011 by Erica Foden-Lenahan

What is an emblem book? It is a form that was tremendously popular during the Renaissance. It is believed that the Italian lawyer Andrea Alciato devised the first such book. The books themselves contained small illustrations (a bit like a … Continue reading

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CABS book(s) of the month- February

Monday, 7 February, 2011 by Book Library Team

Beginning with the opening line ‘A tear is better than a word’, ‘Das Tränenmeer’ (‘The Sea of tears’) and ‘Dars Wähnen’ (‘The Delusion’) by Dieter Roth are three poetic artists’ books accessible from our CABS collection. The item is classed … Continue reading

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CABS book of the month – January

Tuesday, 11 January, 2011 by Book Library Team

It may be our smallest book L’immortalita e Gloria del pennello : Catalogo delle pitture insigni che stanno esposte al pubblico nella città di Milano (1728) . The original was published in 1671 and, as you can see from the … Continue reading

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Did you know we hold the Cicognara Library?

Monday, 1 November, 2010 by Book Library Team

Conte Leopoldo Cicognara (1767-1834) was, among other things, an artist, a patron of the arts and an art historian. In addition to his publication Storia della scultura dal suo risorgimento in Italia sino al secolo di Napoleone, he also amassed … Continue reading

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