Illuminating Incunabula: report of a two-day workshop with Falk Eisermann

Echoes from the Vault

Early last week, on 16 &17 November, incunabula expert Falk Eisermann visited St Andrews to give a two-day workshop on early printed books in Europe. Dr Eisermann is head of the incunabula division at the Berlin State Library since 2007 and enjoys an outstanding reputation amongst scholars of early printed books.

Dr Eisermann works through on of St Andrews' copies of the 1481 Koberger edition of Duns Scotus with the workshop attendants. Dr Eisermann works through on of St Andrews’ copies of the 1481 Koberger edition of Duns Scotus with the workshop attendants.

poster-1The workshop, entitled Illuminating Incunabula – What we can learn from early printed books, addressed various issues such as describing incunabula, finding information in catalogues and online tools and – most importantly – working with rare books in hand. The workshop brought together 15 participants who learned about terminology and digital tools for the work with incunabula. St Andrews holds around 160 of these early books printed before 1501 and the library has finished cataloguing all items…

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