medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
I know the resource in its print form. I did not edit, as I was between
Erik Drigsdahl wrote:
> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
> Really Tom, your forwarding of the message from Jim Campbell is partially
> useful as far as the URL is concerned. but the introduction to a well established scholarly
> publication that existed long before we were born is kind of an embarrassment to
> many medieval scholars on this list, at least from Europe.
> The "Gesamtkalog der Wiegendrucke" has been *THE* reference work in Internatinal
> scholarship on Incunabula since the first volume was printed in 1925.
> All well assorted libraries has all the subsequent volumes standing on open shelves.
> Claiming that it is was "the Prussian State Library's attempt to catalog ... 15th century imprints"
> is a pitiable misconception. It was a joined venture supported by *all* scholars in Europe
> and run by the "Commisssion for the Complete Catalog of early printed Books"
> ("Kommisson fûr den Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke", who had made many
> important publication for many years [ let me just mention: "Einblattdrucke des XV.
> Jahrhunderts" - Halle 1914] - a contribution to the impressive 100 volume
> publication of early European single woodcuts founded by Paul Heitz in 1909.
> "The search interface is in German" - of course it is German! What else did you
> expect? There were no humanistic scholars in the US on an international level
> at that time. In the field of Art History for example were all major scholarly publications
> written in German until the mid 1930's. No publication from American Universities
> before that time is known to me. Bernard Berenson did spend 20 years in Europe (or more)
> before he was able to publish his first volume of his "Florentine Painters of the Renaissance"
> at G.P.Putnam's Sons in 1896 (Reprint Putnams's Sons 1899, 12° gilt top $1.00) ,
> right here in front of me on my desk.
> The boost to US Universities came with the immigration of the most imminent Jewish
> and Humanist scholars forced in exile from Germany since 1933. They are all dead
> by now. If this attitude is how you want to take care of the invaluable inheritance
> they left to a great people, then best of luck to you, but you are already leaping twelve
> feet behind us in Europe in educational standards.
> All best wishes
> Erik Drigsdahl
> At 11:14 -0400 29/10/09, Tom Izbicki wrote:
>> The Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke is the Prussian State Library's attempt to catalog and identify locations for all 15th century imprints, not just from Germany but from all over Europe. It's been online for a while, but until this month the interface required use of the Citrix client. The newest release is a Web application, no special client needed, though some types of information still require special fonts.
>> The online version not only is searchable, but is also apparently being updated more or less as the work is done so it should normally be a bit ahead of the print volumes.
>> The search interface is in German. The introductory and help pages are also available in English, but you have to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the side menu to find the option to switch languages.
>> URL for the English version:
>> (And before I get letters from my Germanist colleagues, I know it's not the Prussian State Library anymore, but that's where the GW started and the current name is too much of a mouthful for mixed company.)
>> - Jim Campbell
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>> University of Virginia Library | Charlottesville, VA 22904-4112
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