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.
- 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.