Summer School: History of Libraries, 3-5 July 2017

Three days full immersion with the 15cBOOKTRADE’s digital tools

September 2018 will see the international Conference and Exhibition to mark the end of the 15cBOOKTRADE Project. Data and visualisations from MEI and TEXT-inc databases will inform the content of the two events.

The 2017 Summer School will offer libraries the opportunity to train a member of staff or a collaborating scholar in the use of the four digital tools to assure that material from their libraries will be represented in the Conference and Exhibition.



Training Team


Signing up


Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI)

An international database specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc.

The collaborative enterprise of over 300 European and American libraries, it contains over 20,000 high quality records and the identification of 10,000 former owners. Locating and dating any material and documentary element enables the movement of books across Europe and the US to be tracked throughout the centuries, from place of production to the books’ present locations.



Continuing the pioneering text descriptions of the Bodleian catalogue of incunabula, Bod-inc, this database is designed to host and make searchable the corpus of texts printed in the 15th century, including secondary works and paratext.


Image-matching and image annotation software

Oxford Visual Geometry Group engineers have created for the 15cBOOKTRADE a tool to systematically gather and research the illustration of the 15th century. Images and their metadata will be systematically searchable by text or by image, and linked to the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC) and Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke (GW).



A visualisation suite created to visualise the circulation of 15th-century printed books over time and space and the formation and dispersal of libraries, using live data from MEI and TEXT-inc.


Training Team

Cristina Dondi – PI 15cBOOKTRADE, Oakeshott Senior Research Fellow in the Humanites, Lincoln College
Geri Della Rocca de Candal
Matilde Malaspina
Birgit Mikus
Sabrina Minuzzi
Alessandra Panzanelli Fratoni


Cost: The school will charge student fees of 50 British Pounds, payable prior to the first day of classes. Students are individually responsible for their transportation and living expenses in Oxford.

Numbers: There are ten places available.

Accommodation: at participant’s expense. Lincoln College Rooms are available for booking at £66.60 per day.

Breakfast and Coffee Breaks: included in the School’s fee.

Lunches and Dinners: at participant’s expense.

15cBOOKTRADE and the ERC 10th Anniversary

Oxford University Website: News & Events: European Research Council Anniversary (video; 16 Mar. 2017)


Humanities Division Website: Announcements: ERC 10th Anniversary Week (14 Mar. 2017)


Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages Website: Latest News (15 Mar. 2017)

Seminar in the History of the Book 2017

The History of the Book and Cultural History, History of Art, Classics, Economics, Manuscript studies, Theology, and Law

Oxford, Weston Library, Visiting Scholars’ Centre (VSC) – Hilary Term, Fridays 2.15

Convenor: Cristina Dondi (Lincoln College and 15cBOOKTRADE)



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Cultural History (20 January): Prof. Ian Maclean, All Souls College, Oxford: The Italian Trade with the Frankfurt Book Fair around 1600

History of Art (27 January): Dr Louis-Gabriel Bonicoli, Paris: Parisian Early Printed Book Illustration (around 1500)

Classics (3 February): Prof. Stephen Oakley, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University: Incunabular Stemmatics

Economics (10 February): Dr Jeremiah Dittmar, Department of Economics, London School of Economics: The Price of Books in Early Modern Europe: An Economic Perspective

Manuscript Studies (24 February): Dr David Speranzi, Firenze, Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento:  Greek Script and Type in the Fifteenth century. Demetrius Damilas between Milan and Florence

Theology (3 March): Dr Paul Needham, Scheide Library, Princeton University Library: The Gutenberg Bible in the Context of Fifteenth-Century Manuscript Bibles

Law (10 March): Prof. Rodolfo Savelli, Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza, Università di Genova: Printing the Corpus iuris civilis in the Sixteenth Century

Launch of 15cBOOKTRADE











15cV, the visualisation tool applied to MEI and TEXT-inc, was launched in Oxford, Weston Library, on 23 June 2016. Guidelines on how to use it will be shortly provided on this website. A video on 15cV in action can be seen here.

The podcast of the presentation at the Weston Library can be watched here: podcast


2 December 2015: Presentation of Catalogue of Incunabula, Noto (Sicily), Palazzo Nicolaci


Cristina Dondi will present the new catalogue Incunaboli a Siracusa, edited by Lucia Catalano, Rosalia Claudia Giordano, Marco Palma, Anna Scala, Marzia Scialabba, Salvatrice Terranova, Rosalba Tripoli, with the collaboration of Giuseppe Greco and Anna Reale, Rome, Viella, 2015

Accompanied by the exhibition “Itinerari bibliografici a Siracusa. Gli incunaboli”, Noto, Biblioteca comunale (Palazzo Nicolaci).