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Glasgow Incunabula Project

Glasgow Incunabula Project

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Main contact:   Jack Baldwin, Julie Gardham

Start date:  2009

Subject area:
Archives & Special Collections - University Services

One of the richest rare book collections in the UK outside London, Oxford, Cambridge and Manchester, the University of Glasgow Library has in total 1020 books printed before 1501. In addition, the collections contain a further 21 books often assigned to the 15th century in early catalogues of incunabula but now in the light of modern bibliographical scholarship considered to be printed after 1500.

The Incunabula Project has two main aims. Firstly, to produce for the first time a separate, stand-alone catalogue of the 1,000 plus incunabula in the University of Glasgow Library in the form of an electronic catalogue published on the University Library’s website. Secondly, building on the data contained in the Web Catalogue, to undertake a complete revision of the present records for incunabula scattered throughout the Library’s main online catalogue, many of which – produced nearly a century ago – now show deficiencies and inaccuracies.