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Print Culture and Peripheries in Early Modern Europe: A Contribution to the History of Printing and the Book Trade in Small European and Spanish Cities. Ed. by Benito Rial Costas. (Library of the Written Word, 24; The Handpress World, 18.) Leiden: Brill. 2013. 421 pp. €105. ISBN 978 90 04 23574 8.

A collection of mostly specific case studies on printing and the book trade in small and peripheral European cities in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with a particular focus on Spain. Includes: P. Sánchez León, 'European Provincial Towns: Demographic and Institutional Trends in Regional Networks, 1400-1600'; F. Eisermann, 'A Golden Age? Monastic Printing Houses in the Fifteenth Century'; P. F. Gehl, 'Advertising or Fama? Local Markets for Schoolbooks in Sixteenth-Century Italy'; J. Hinks, 'The Book Trade in Early Modern Britain: Centres, Peripheries and Networks'; I. Maxted, 'Impressorie Arte: The Impact of Printing in Exeter and Devon'; H. Meeus, 'Printing in the Shadow of a Metropolis'; I. Monok, 'Towns and Book Culture in Hungary at the End of the Fifteenth Century and During the Sixteenth Century'; G. Petrella, 'Ippolito Ferrarese, a Travelling "Cerretano" and Publisher in Sixteenth-Century Italy'; W. Undorf, 'Print and Book Culture in the Danish Town of Odense'; M. Walsby, 'Printer Mobility in Sixteenth-Century France'; N. Maillard Álvarez and R. M. Pérez García, 'Printing Presses in Antequera in the Sixteenth Century'; J. Moll, 'The Liturgical Books Published by Pedro de Castro, Bishop of Cuenca (1554-1561)'; J. M. Pedraza Gracia, 'Minor Printing Offices in Fifteenth and Sixteenth-Century Aragon: Híjar, Huesca and Épila'; M. Peña Díaz, 'Barcelona: Printers, Booksellers and Local Markets in the Sixteenth Century'; F. de los Reyes and M. M. Nadales, 'The Book in Segovia in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: Accident, Chance, Necessity?'; B. Rial Costas, 'Santiago de Compostela: A Case Study of Bookselling in Peripheries'; A. Rojo Vega, 'From Europe to Finisterre: A Caravan of Books to Galicia (1595)'.

The Old Library Trinity College Dublin 1712-2012. Ed. by W. E. Vaughan. Dublin: Four Courts Press. 2013. xviii + 462 pp. €50. ISBN 978 1 84682 377 0.

The 23rd May 2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Old Library at Trinity College Library. The occasion was marked by two exhibitions — 'Dublin: One City, One Book' and 'A Great Many Choice Books: 300 Years of the Old Library', as well as a conference 'Building Collections', and the publication of this book. There are fifty essays, some written by library staff, others from scholars and alumni who used the Old Library collections during their time as undergraduates. The essays are a mix of reflections on the history of the library and pieces on individual highlights from the collections. They include: Peter Fox, 'The Old Library: ut erat — ut est — ut esset'; Susie Bioletti, 'A Fresh Look at the Pigments used on the Book of Kells'; Elizabethanne Boran, 'Book-Borrowing in Trinity College in the Early Eighteenth Century'; Lydia Ferguson, 'Cultivating Childhood: The Pollard Collection of Children's Books'; John G. Byrne, 'The 1872 Printed Catalogue Online'; W. E. Vaughan, 'The Foundation of the Conservation Laboratory'; Charles Benson, '"Must Do Better": Enhancing the Collection of Early Printed Books and Special Collections'. [End Page 231]

Senate House Library University of London. Ed. by Christopher Pressler and Karen Attar. London: Scala. 2012. cxxxvi pp. £35. ISBN 978 1 85759 790 5.

A new addition to Scala's beautifully illustrated series showing 'Treasures' of the great libraries of the world. It begins with a survey of the library's history — 'Senate House Library: The First Hundred Years', by Karen Attar, and contains a selection of sixty highlights from the collections with descriptions contributed by a wide range of authors. The items featured are taken from such diverse collections as the Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature, the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature, the mathematical library of Augustus de Morgan, and the Sterling Library of English Literature.

Passeurs de Textes: Imprimeurs et Libraires à l'âge de l'Humanisme. Ed by Christine Bénévent, Annie Charon, Isabelle Diu and Magali Vène. (Études et Rencontres de l'École des...


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