Friday, September 23, 2005

Book Models

The two competing models for the history of the book.


Adams and Baker:

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Scientific Library Collections

To assess the extent of Ramelli or Besson's influence, I should really check out some contemporary library sources. Unfortunately, they're hard to come by. As a start, I can create list of secondary sources related to individuals of note.

I know that Galileo's library is available in an old source:

Favaro, Antonio (1886). La libreria di Galileo Galilei. Bullettino di bibliograpfia e storia delle scienze matematiche e fisiche. 19: 272-275. (n.b., I've scene different pagination)

The Electronic British Library Journal recently published an article on the contents of Henry Oldenburg's library.

A more complete list of library contents is available through the Google cache.

For fear of losing the references, I've copied the relevant sections of the bibliography below:

Burmeister, K. H. Achilles Primin Gasser 1505-1577 Arzt und Naturforscher, Historiker und Humanist. 3 vols. Wiesbaden, 1970-75.
Fordyce, C. J., and T. M. Knox. "The Library of Jesus College, Oxford, with an appendix on the books bequeathed thereto by Lord Herbert of Cherbury." Oxford Bibliographical Society Proceedings and Papers 5 (1940): 53-115.
Hassall, W. O. "A catalogue of the library of Sir Edward Coke." Yale Law Library Publication 12 (1950).
Hernad, Beatrice. Die Graphiksammlung des Humanisten Hartmann Schedel. Munich: Prestel, 1990.
Prandtl, W. "Die Bibliothek des Tycho Brahe." Philobiblion v (1932): 291-9; 321-9.
Muccillo, Maria. "La biblioteca greca di Francesco Patrizi." In Biblioteca selectae da Cusano a Leopardi, Florence: Olschki, 1993, 73-118.
Jayne, Sears, and Francis R. Johnson, eds. The Lumley Library: the catalogue of 1609. London: British Museum, 1956.
Canone, Eugenio, ed. Bibliothecae selectae da Cusano a Leopardi. Florence: Olschki, 1993.
Penneman, Theo. "La bibliothèque de Mercator." In Gérard Mercator Cosmographe: le temps et l'espace, Antwerp, 1994.
Jayne, Sears. Library catalogues of the English Renaissance: University of California Press, 1956.
Worstbrock, Franz Josef. "Hartmann Schedels "Index Librorum": Wissenschaftssystem und Humanismus um 1500." In Studien zum 15 Jahrhundert: Festschrift für Erich Meuthen, edited by J. Helmrath and H. Müller, Munich, 1994, 697-715.
Munby, A. N. L., ed. Sales Catalogues of Libraries of Eminent Scientists. Vol. II. London, 1975.
Czartoryski, Pawel. "The Library of Copernicus." Studia Copernicana 16 (1978): 355-401.
Curtis, Mark H. "Library Catalogues and Tudor Oxford and Cambridge." Studies in the Renaissance 5 (1958): 111-20.
Carrara, Daniela M. La biblioteca di Niccolò Leoniceno: tra Aristotele e Galeno, cultura e libri di un medico umanista. Florence: Leo S. Olschki, 1991.
Labowsky, Lotte. Bessarion's Library and the Biblioteca Marciana: six early inventories. Rome: Biblioteca: Edizioni di storia e letteratura, 1979.
Herstein, Sheila R. "The library of Federigo da Montefeltro, Duke of Urbino: Renaissance Book Collecting at its Height." The Private Library, 2nd ser. 4, no. 3 (1971): 113-25.
Hughs, B. B. "The private library of Johann Scheubel, sixteenth-century mathematician." Viator 3 (1972): 417-32.
Roberts, J., and A. G. Watson. John Dee's Library Catalogue. London: The Bibliographical Society, 1990.
Wickhoff, F. "Die Bibliothek Julius II." Jahrbuch der preussischen Kunstsammlungen 14 (1892).
Rademaker, C. S. M. "The famous library of Gerardus Joannes Vossius (1577-1649)." Lias 23 (1996): 27-47.
Kolb, Robert. Caspar Peucer's library: portrait of a Wittenberg professor of the mid-sixteenth century. St. Louis: Center for Reformation Research, 1976.
Sondheim, M. "Die Bibliothek des Hans Sachs." In Gesammelte Schriften, Frankfurt a. M., 1927.
Stauber, R. Die Schedelsche Bibliothek: Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Ausbereitung der italienischen Renaissance, des deutschen Humanismus und der medizinischen Literatur. originally published in Freiburg i. B. 1908 ed, 1969.
Worstbrock, F. J. "Hartmann Schedels “Index Librorum”: Wissenschaftssystem und Humanismus um 1500." In Studien zum 15 Jahrhundert: Festschrift für Erich Methuen, edited by J. Helmrath and H. Müller, Munich, 1994, 697-715.
Künast, H.-J., and H. Zäh, eds. Die Bibliothek Konrad Peutingers. 1. Die autografen Katologe Peutingers. Der nicht-Juristische Bibliotheksteil. Tübingen, 2003.
Gibson, S., and F. R. D. Needham. "Two lists of Burton's books a. in the Bodleian Library, b. In Christ Church Library." Oxford Bibliographic Society Proceedings and Papers 1 (1926): 222-246.
Leedham-Green, E. S. Books in Cambridge Inventories: book-lists from the Vice-Chancellor's Court Probate Inventories in the Tudor and Stuart Periods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1986, 2 vols.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Ramelli, IFLA, and Documentation

While exploring the affordance of Google scholar, I came across an interesting pull quote that may pull some of my disparate interests.

In a paper presented at the 64th IFLA conference in 1998, Michiel Nijhoff noted: "Some time before the computer era really got started the first Dutch professor of librarianship Loosjes defined documentary information as 'knowledge in motion', meaning the conti-nuing process of reading and researching, theorising and publishing, cataloguing and making available, reading and researching etc. Despite the fact that a lot of documentary information has lost its documentary aspect, and has become more volatile, and despite the fact that the motion has increased in pace, the underlying thought is valid still. And has been valid for a long time: lots of things we consider new were thought of long before the tools to realize them were there. In "Le diverse et artificiose machine del capitano Agostino Ramelli," published in Paris in the sixteenth century, we see a renaissance versi-on of Windows, Windows 1558 to be precise. The reader, sitting at the revolving bookmachine, can get simultaneous access to twelve books, not by using a mouse, but, much more efficient, by using footpedals."