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Printed Books 1450-Present  

A guide to printed books in the UH Libraries' Special Collections, plus resources for learning more about printing history.
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Examples of Printed Books in Special Collections

A Noble Fragment, Being a Leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, 1450-1455
Call Number: SPEC COLL OVS Z241.B58 N58 1921
Printed by Johan Gutenberg, 1450-1455.The leaf contains text from the Gospel of Mark, chapter XI, verses 18-33, chapter XII, verses 1-44, and chapter XIII, verses 1-3.

Expositio Psalterii - Torquemada, Juan de
Call Number: SPEC COLL OVS BS1429 .T67 1476
Printed by Peter Schoeffer, 1476.

Metamorphoses - Ovid
Call Number: SPEC COLL PA6519 .M2 1502
Printed by Aldus Manutius, 1502.

Underweysung der Messung - Dürer, Albrecht
Call Number: SPEC COLL OVS QA33.D96 1525
Printed in 1525.

The King James Bible
Call Number: SPEC COLL OVS BS185 1611 .L6
Printed by Robert Barker, 1611.

Cato Major - Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Call Number: SPEC COLL PA6308.C2 L6 1744
Printed by Benjamin Franklin, 1744.

The Golden Legend - Jacobus, de Voragine
Call Number: SPEC COLL OVS BX4654 .J313 1892 v. 1-3
Printed by William Morris at the Kelmscott Press, 1892.

Digitized Printed Books from Special Collections

  • 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.

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