A guide to printed books in the UH Libraries' Special Collections, plus resources for learning more about printing history.
Call Number: SPEC COLL OVS BS1429 .T67 1476
Printed by Peter Schoeffer, 1476.
Call Number: SPEC COLL PA6519 .M2 1502
Printed by Aldus Manutius, 1502.
Call Number: SPEC COLL PA6308.C2 L6 1744
Printed by Benjamin Franklin, 1744.
The Golden Legend
Call Number: SPEC COLL OVS BX4654 .J313 1892 v. 1-3
Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1892.
- Ship of Fools Woodcuts
In 1494, humanist Sebastian Brant published Das Narrenschiff, or The Ship of Fools, a moralistic poem written in the German language. In it, Brant described 110 assorted follies and vices, each undertaken by a different fool. Each sin or vice was interpreted by a stunning woodcut, many believed to be the work of Albrecht Dürer. In 1497, Johann Bergmann von Olpe printed a later edition in Latin, known as Stultifera Navis, which is owned by the UH Libraries.
- Theodor de Bry's America
These detailed copper plate engravings depict the arrival of the Spaniards in the New World and their encounters with native peoples. They are taken from the sixteenth century book Americae, volume IV of Theodor de Bry’s Grandes Voyages series, a collection which gave many Europeans their first visual representations of North America.
- Topsell's The History of Four-footed Beasts and Serpents Woodcuts
The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents (1658) by Edward Topsell depicts mammals and reptiles, both real and fantastical, in detailed woodcuts. Topsell originally published his illustrated Historie of Foure-footed Beastes, Describing the True and Lively Figure of Every Beast, in 1607. In 1608 he followed it with The Historie of Serpents; Or the Second Booke of Living Creatures. In 1658, twenty years after his death, Topsell’s zoological books were reissued together.