Discoveries - Queens' Old Library

Discoveries

One of the main aspects of the Renaissance Queens' Project is to catalogue the 16th century books from the Old Library as they have not yet been catalogued online. Only the 28 incunables (books printed from the invention of printing up to 1501) have online records. The only catalogue of the Library dates from the early 19th century but proves to be quite inaccurate as the collection has widely developed and changed since that time. This catalogue, entitled A catalogue of the Library of St. Margaret and St. Bernard, commonly called Queens' College in the University of Cambridge by Thomas Hartwell Horne, is available online (see our page on Library Catalogues).

Thanks to the HLF funding, the Old Library has been able to appoint a Rare Books Cataloguer. Books from the Tudor period can now be catalogued online. In addition to all the bibliographical information usually found in every catalogue record, rare book records include copy-specific information such as descriptions of the binding, annotations, inscriptions: every evidence of previous ownership. Although other copies of a book can be found in different libraries, copy-specific information make Queens’ copies unique.

Cataloguing books in hand allows us to discover the treasures hidden in Queens’ collection and share them with the public.


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