Sammelband 15-16

This blog provides reports, updates, information and analysis surrounding a new project, Sammelband 15-16, that studies the creation and use of Sammelbände in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe.

The extraordinary initial development of the printing industry has been carefully charted and analysed. But many aspects of the volumes created as a result of this proliferation of printed texts are yet to be investigated. The Sammelbände are a case in point. The works produced in the printer’s workshop were not automatically encased in a publishers binding. The choice of a binding, its quality and characteristics, were generally determined by the owner. The result was a great variety in bindings that, even in the simplest of cases, represented a substantial proportion of the cost of book acquisition. This encouraged the fashioning of volumes that contained not just one work, but different texts gathered and bound together, volumes which are generally known by the German term, Sammelband. These volumes are one of the most striking features of the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century book world yet their characteristics have not been the subject of detailed analysis. As a result, despite their ubiquity even today, scholars have little understanding of these volumes. This project seeks to understand the steps that led to their creation and their use in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Europe.

Malcolm Walsby

Professeur d'Histoire du livre, Enssib / Université de Lyon

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  1. Monika Schreiber Universität Wien Bibliotheks- und Archivwesen Fachbereichsbibliothek Judaistik Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 7.3 1090 Wien, Österreich says:

    Vienna University Library is currently working on an in-depth revision of its holdings of Old Hebrew Prints. We are doing this in collaboration with the database “Footprints: Jewish Books Through Time and Place”, (where our titles have recently been uploaded), and on the basis of catalogue records in MARC21, operating within the ALMA library system. We are currently in search of MARC-compliant standards for the cataloguing of “Sammelbände” and would be interested in you experience in that field. Thank you very much.

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