Reserve Collection: engravings

Reserve Collection: engravings

The collection of prints and engravings has more than 8,000 separate plates. They cover the history of engraving from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The most represented techniques are woodblock printing, chalcography and lithography.
Of the total collection, 5,392 are duplicates from the National Library of Madrid that were donated to the Library of the University of Barcelona in 1887. Most of the remaining items come from disentailed convents.  
The library also keeps a collection of bookplates from the early twentieth century donated by the heirs of Rafael Patxot i Jubert in March 1997. 
All the engravings have a unique reference number made up of various elements that reflect the order in which they are organized: dimensions (indicated by a letter), nationality (Spanish or foreign), century, name of engraver, and number of record. 



Digital Memory of Catalonia 



The collection has 1,627 engravings that can be found in the collection of the MDC (Digital Memory of Catalonia)


Online Catalogue

Over 1,500 engravings can be found in the UB’s online catalogue, grouped together under the search criterion Gènere forma=gravats, and the vast majority of Spanish engravings are now included there.


All catalogue entries include a link to the corresponding image and record in the Digital Memory of Catalonia.


Record Books
All the engravings (catalogued and uncatalogued) are inventoried in two record books available for consultation in the Reserve room.
Topographic inventory

Full list of engravers (catalán) organized under the engravings format and the artist origin (Spain/out of Spain).



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