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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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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 of the month – June

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 by Book Library Team

This item from Special Collections is from the archive collection of Stella Mary Newton and is not a book at all. It is an invoice dated 15 May 1934 when Stella was still Stella Mary Pearce and had her own … Continue reading

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CABS book of the month – May

Tuesday, 27 April, 2010 by Book Library Team

In honour of the Sotheby’s sale Trésors du Coffre Vollard, the Special Collections Book-of-the-month is Ambroise Vollard’s biography of Paul Cézanne. Vollard was a art dealer, who died in 1939. The sale features works by Derain, Cézanne, and Picasso, among … Continue reading

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