Monday, November 24, 2014

Hartmann Schedel at the Bavarian State Library

From the Bavarian State Library (includes links to digital resources, as well):

"From 19 November 2014 until 1 March 2015, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek at Munich presents the exhibition "Welten des Wissens. Die Bibliothek und die Weltchronik des Nürnberger Arztes Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)" (Worlds of knowledge. The library and the Chronicle of the Nuremberg physician Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)"

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Hartmann Schedel's death, about 40 volumes from his comprehensive collection of books, one of the most eminent private libraries of the 15th century, are on display. The selection comprises a representative range of works from all disciplines of late mediaeval literature and science. Among the books on show are all five editions of the Nuremberg Chronicle which was first published by Anton Koberger in 1493 and is famous in particular for its numerous views of cities.

Hartmann Schedel's library was unequalled in fifteenth-century Germany. The Nuremberg physician was interested in virtually all areas of knowledge of the late Middle Ages: rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, classical and humanist literature, historiography, geography and cosmography, medicine, law, theology. Already during his studies at the universities of Leipzig and Padua in the 1450s and 1460s, he transcribed many works in his own hand. Schedel was able to avail himself of a growing supply of printed books in Nuremberg, a centre of European trade and publishing. He also made use of his international network to acquire new publications from other places. At the end of his long life, Schedel*s library comprised nearly 700 volumes, including many composite volumes with several items. Today, more than 370 manuscripts and 460 printed items from his collection are preserved in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Even though Schedel stipulated in his last will that the book collection should remain a family heirloom, Schedel*s grandson and heir, Melchior (1516*1571), an imperial soldier, sold his grandfather*s books to the Augsburg merchant Johann Jakob Fugger in 1552. Scarcely 20 years later, Fugger sold his book collection to the Bavarian Duke Albrecht V, who integrated it into the Court Library at Munich.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue available from Allitera Verlag Munich:
Welten des Wissens. Die Bibliothek und die Weltchronik des Nürnberger Arztes Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)
Munich: Allitera, 2014
168 pp., numerous ills. ISBN: 978-3-86906-657-8. € 24.00

More information can be found on our homepage:

More than 80 of Schedel's manuscripts and all fifteenth-century editions of the World Chronicle are already accessible via
The digital collection is continually expanded.

University of Chicago Platzman Fellowships 2015

The University of Chicago Library invites applications for short-term research fellowships for the summer of 2015. Any visiting researcher, writer, or artist residing more than 100 miles from Chicago, and whose project requires on-site consultation of University of Chicago Library collections, primarily archives, manuscripts, rare books, or other materials in the Special Collections Research Center, is eligible. Support for beginning scholars is a priority of the program. Applications in the fields of late nineteenth- or early twentieth-century physics or physical chemistry, or nineteenth-century classical opera, will receive special consideration.
Awards will be made based on the applicant's ability to complete the proposed on-site research successfully within the timeframe of the fellowship.  Applicants should explain why the project cannot be conducted without on-site access to the original materials and the extent to which University of Chicago Library collections are central to the research.  Up to $3,000 of support will be awarded to help cover estimated travel, living, and research expenses.  Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged.
The deadline for applications is February 16, 2015.  Notice of awards will be made by March 15, 2015, for use between June 1, 2015, and October 1, 2015.

Applicants must provide the following information:
§  A cover letter (not to exceed one page) including the project title; a brief summary; estimated dates of on-site research; and a budget for travel, living, and research expenses during the period of on-site research
§  A research proposal not to exceed three double-spaced pages. Applicants should include references to specific archival finding aids and catalog records of particular relevance to their proposed project whenever possible.
§  A curriculum vitae of no longer than two pages
§  Two letters of support from academic or other scholars. References may be sent with the application or separately.

Submit application in one electronic file to:

Letters of reference in electronic form are preferred; print letters of reference can be sent to:

Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowships
Special Collections Research Center
The University of Chicago Library

1100 E. 57th Street

Chicago, IL 60637

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Vesalius in St. Louis

Vesalius conference in February 2015

Washington University in St. Louis and Saint Louis University are hosting a symposium to celebrate the life and work of Andreas Vesalius from February 26-28th, 2015. This interdisciplinary symposium will celebrate the 500-year anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), founder of the study of modern human anatomy. Saint Louis University and Washington University will jointly host three days of events especially inspired by the landmark publication of Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica (Basel, 1543 and 1555) and the new critical edition and translation of this work, the New Fabrica. The conference program will feature a roster of internationally-renowned speakers, including keynote speakers Daniel Garrison, Malcolm Hast, and Sachiko Kusukawa. In addition to the presentation of academic papers of leading research, the schedule will also include an anatomy demonstration, rare books workshops, and a publishers’ exhibit hall.

Information about the conference is available here: and registration is now available here: The base price for registration is $25, with the option to purchase lunch at an additional price. Registration CLOSES on February 20, 2015.