If you use, or plan to use, Glasgow University Library under the SCONUL scheme please note the following:
For the months of April and May, access to the University of Glasgow Library will be restricted for students from other Universities and Colleges.
Students who show their student card (or SCONUL Reference card) from their home institution to enter the Library, will only be allowed access after 17.00 weekdays and all day at the weekends.
This is in response to feedback from our own students about pressure on study spaces in the Library.
Please note SCONUL members who enrol at our Membership Desk and are given library cards, can come in at anytime as they are full members. The access change only affects those who show their student ID cards to get in.Categories: Courtauld Book Library | Tags: Glasgow Library, SCONUL | Leave a comment
They damage in 2 ways -they can actually accelerate the degradation of some papers. And they leave that residue, which attracts dirt that promotes the growth of mold. So don’t do this to our books or we’ll feed you to the penguins!Categories: Courtauld Book Library | Tags: book damage, book repair, Conservation, sticky notes | Leave a comment
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 under two entries in our online catalogue but consists of three volumes, known as bands.
‘Das Tränenmeer’ was published in 1973 and collected together 248 aphorisms, or small one-line poems, which originally appeared from May 1971 in a local advertising bulletin. Band one solely shows these aphorisms, one per page, whilst Band two contain sketches and corrections, and Band three contains sketches, poems and prose. Band three is entitled ‘Dars Wähnen’ (‘The Delusion’) but sub-headed ‘Tränenmeer 3’.
Presented to the library by L. Pedersen in 1988, the books themselves are notable for their sewn pages and illustrations. The book was originally published in editions of 200 per volume. The library’s copy of volume 1 is numbered 108, and volume 2 is number 29.Roth’s Das Wähnen was also presented to the library by Pedersen in 1988, number 21 of another edition of 200 and is signed by the artist opposite the page numbered 262.
Dieter Roth (1930-1988) was a Swiss-German artist, also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rot. His writing has been described as important as his art, with his poetry inspiring illustrations and so on in a cyclical nature.
As well as artists’ books, Roth was known for his printmaking and sculpture.
Throughout his life he continued to create art in various mediums.
Well known for his artists books’, the library unfortunately (or fortunately, given the tendency food has for rotting) does not hold a copy of the 1972 book Literaturwurst, which consisted of ‘various periodicals chopped up, mixed with lard and spices and stuffed into a sausage casing.’
We do hold a copy of the artists’ book “Tentative little recipe” which he produced with a group of students while he was teaching at the Watford School of Art. Other books by and about Dieter Roth can be found on the library’s open shelves.
Kimmelman, Michael, [obituary] ‘Dieter Roth, Reclusive Artist and Tireless Provocateur, 68’, in New York Times, 10 June, 1998.
Tamsyn Bayliss and Lloyd Roderick
Graduate Trainee Library Assistants
The Book Library has just set up a free trial for an online resource called the Education Image Gallery, which provides access to over 56,000 images, drawn from the following collections:
•The Fitzwilliam Museum
•The North Highland College
•Royal Geographic Society
•University of Brighton
•Imperial War Museum
According to the site, “A large variety of images are included, covering key events and multiple subject areas including history, social sciences, engineering and technology, art, creative industries and geography. With the images selected by by an expert community-led panel, you can illustrate key times, places, people and events. The images are available for downloading in screen-resolution format. As the images are copyright-cleared, they are free to download for (appropriately credited) use in learning, teaching and research.”
So, for example, this is an image from the site:
Members of the Institute can take advantage of this free trial (which ends on 6th March 2011). Please let us know what you think of the resource by emailing me, Phil Bower, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Education Image Gallery can be accessed by following this linkand choosing ‘login via UK Federation’, then ‘EDINA (trial only)’ from the drop-down list of institutions before then entering your login details. Please email email@example.com or ask at the main Book Library desk for the username and password.Categories: Image databases, Online resources | Tags: Education Image Gallery | Leave a comment
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 title page of our edition, it is without the main title. It is a mere 11.8 cm x 6.2 cm and may be an abridged version.
It has been difficult to find much information about the book, its authors, or where there are other copies in the world. Some libraries hold a 1980 reprint of the first edition. In Shearjashub Spooner’s book A biographical history of the fine arts being memoirs of the lives and works of eminent painters, engravers, sculptors and architects, from the earlies ages to the present, he says that Agostino (circa 1640-1706) and Giacinto (circa 1620-1688) were the sons of Giacomo Antonio Santagostino, a painter from Milan. His sons were both artists with numerous works executed around Milan.
Nice parchment binding and marbled end papers too!
Spooner, Shearjashub Biographical history of the fine arts. 4th ed., v.II M-Z. New York: Leypoldt & Holt, 1867. p.845 Accessed 23 Dec. 2010
http://books.google.de/books?id=Y5of4ZsGayMC&pg=PA845&dq=L%27immortalit%C3%A0+gloria+pennello&hl=de#v=onepage&q&f=falseCategories: Book-of-the-month, CABS, Courtauld Book Library | Tags: Antonio Santagostino, L’immortalita e Gloria del pennello | Leave a comment
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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 an impressive art library, for which he also produced a catalogue Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte e d’antichità posseduti dal Conte Cicognara. This library of approximately 5000 books was so valuable that it was incorporated, in 1824, by Pope Leo XII into the Vatican Library, where it remains today.
The Vatican Library, with support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, has made the library available in microfiche. And we have a copy. Of course it is never fun to look at fiche, but these early printed books are the basis of our studies of art history. And sometimes the reproduction quality can be slightly better on fiche than in digital copies available on the internet.
We also have some of the titles (not the actual books) that were in the count’s library in our Special Collections, particularly in the Anthony Blunt bequest. As well, we hold the 2nd edition of the Storia della scultura... published in 1824 at shelfmark CABS B611 and the Ciocognara catalogue published in 1821 at shelfmark CABS Z56. The catalogue was used during the project to catalogue our historical books and the reference is included in our catalogue records where possible. Anyway, if you are interested in early books about art, techniques, aesthetics, etc., please ask at the desk to see the fiche.
Erica Foden-Lenahan Special Collections Librarian
Geschichte der Kunstgeschichte – www.arthistoricum.net/fr/themenportale/kunstgeschichte/ressourcen-kunstliteratur-digital/leopoldo-cicognara/
Dictionary of Art Historians – www.dictionaryofarthistorians.org/cicognaral.htm
This is just a quick post to welcome everyone new to the Courtauld Institute of Art this academic year. On this blog you’ll find news and updates from the staff of the Book Library. We’re here to help you so please feel free to ask us any questions you might have whenever you’re in the Library or see us around the Institute. Find contact details for each department and member of staff in the Contact us page and put a face to the name in our Meet the Staff page.
Kilfinan Librarian, Head of Book, Witt and Conway LibrariesCategories: Courtauld Book Library | Tags: academic year | Leave a comment
A review in the magazine Nature of Studies in the history and method of science, described Charles Singer’s book as “a notable contribution to certain branches of medical history and evolution.”1 We, in the Book Library, didn’t realize we had the author’s corrections, albeit only for the introduction and the two chapters he contributed to the work. His chief role was as editor of this seminal text.
Our volume was presented by Lord Conway to the library in 1933. It has lived in the Kilfinan Librarian’s office for some time until this summer when it was sent off to binding. Although just a pile of papers at the time we found it, evidence shows that it was, at one time, in a ring binder. Once compared with a couple of copies of the book at Kings College London, we realized that the thin paper and the cut and pasted illustrations were pre-publication versions of the texts; and the extensive annotations were corrections by the author, not overly-pernickety comments by Lord Conway.
Singer was born in 1876 in London and he attended the City of London School, where he distinguished himself as a Latin and Greek scholar. However he chose to study medicine at University College London, eventually graduating with a BSc, with a specialism in zoology. He then took a scholarship to study zoology at Magdalen College, Oxford. He returned to medicine in 1898 and graduated in 1903. He had a long, distinguished career holding several medical posts. He was also a founding member of the History of Medicine section of the Royal Society of Medicine.2
The first volume of Studies in the history and method of science was published in 1917, the second volume which the library does not hold, came out in 1921. Volume 1 includes the results of his investigation of Hildegard of Bingen’s manuscripts. It is likely this chapter which drew Lord Conway to it. However, we have no idea how he came to own this unique and quite special item. This chapter has the name Hugh of St. Victor corrected throughout, as it originally appeared as Hugo de St. Victoire. It also includes his handwritten addition of a note of thanks to a number of colleagues who permitted him access to the manuscripts.
The Wellcome Library holds a lot of correspondence between Singer and his wife Dorothea, who was herself a medieval scholar and who assisted with research and publications throughout his career.
Special Collections Librarian
1. Nature 101, 82-83 (04 April 1918)
2. E. Ashworth Underwood. “Obituary: Charles Singer (1876-1960)” Medical history. V.4(4), 353-358 (Oct. 1960). Accessed 28 Sept. 2010 through the National Center for Biotechnology Information http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1034567/pdf/medhist00173-0092.pdf
Julia Sheppard. “Charles Joseph Singer, DM, DLitt, DSc, FRCP (1876-1960): papers in the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre.” Medical history. V.31 (4), 466-471 (Oct. 1987). Accessed 28 Sept. 2010 through the National Center for Biotechnology Information http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1139787/pdf/medhist00065-0088.pdf