Reserve collection: incunabula

Reserve collection: incunabula

 
 
Currently, a large portion of the incunabula collection awaits recataloguing. While this effort will give us definitive figures, we can estimate at present that the collection houses some 830 editions and nearly 1,240 copies. 
 
Of all the libraries in Spain, the collection of fifteenth-century editions in the Rare Book and Manuscript CRAI Library ranks third in number of copies and editions after the National Library of Spain and Seville’s Biblioteca Colombina, and it ranks first among university libraries. Acccording to the publication  Catalogue of Incunabula in Spanish Libraries, and the online collective catalogues of incunabula ISTC and GW, the collection has 93 editions unique to Spain and 5 that are unique in the world.
 
While we will have to wait for a more in-depth view of the collection until after recataloguing is complete, this is clearly a rich collection originating from printing presses all over Europe, particularly Catalan, Spanish, Italian and French printers. In addition to books of a strictly religious nature, the collection covers a multitude of disciplines, including scientific, historical, philological and legal works. 
 
Practically all of the incunabula come from disentailed convents in the province of Barcelona, though they often bear the marks of individuals who had previously owned them, including humanists, jurists, doctors, students and merchants.
 
Highlights include the legendary De Oratore, one of the first books printed in Italy and outside Germany. It came off the presses of Conrad Swenheym and Arnold Pannartz, German typographers established in Subiaco. Another highlight is the luxurious Breviariumprinted on parchment in Lleida in 1479 by fellow German Henricus Botel at the expense, the colophone tells us, of the cathedral bell tower. And the collection contains one of the first examples of Barcelona printing: Sal·lusti, Ciceró and Florus, printed in 1475 by the typographers Ioannes de Salsburga & Paulus de Constantia.
 
 
 Catalogues
 
 
 Online catalogue 
 
All incunabula are listed in the UB's online catalogue, under the category  Genre form= incunabula
In addition to the standard searches by author (which includes printers), title and subject, users may search by place of printing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 Printer's devises 


    

A database of Printer's devises giving details of each printer's activity and the specific features of the devices they used. 
 


 Former owners


Catàlegs manuscrits

We know the provenance of our books because of handwritten or printed marks of ownership (ex–libris, ex–donos, stamps, coats of arms, etc.) that are found in them. Former owners can be looked up in the catalogue using the author index and inputting the designation “ant. pos.” after the name. The former owners who merit greater attention are documented and their marks of ownership are digitalized and appear in the database of former owners
 
 

 On line incunabula in the University of Barcelona Digital Heritage Library (BiPaDi)

 
 
 
The main sources of incunabula cited in the catalogue entries are as follows:
 
 ISTC. British Library. Incunabula short title catalogue.  [Consulted: 10 oct. 2016] 
 IBE. Catálogo general de incunables en bibliotecas españolas . Madrid : Ministry of Culture. Dirección General del Libro y Bibliotecas, 1989-1990.
 GW. Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke.  [Consulted: 26 nov. 2014] 
 
Other specific publications on incunabula:
 
 
 
 
 

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