Posts by Pablo Alvarez

It's All about Blood!

Title-page of Discorsi di Pietro Paolo Magni piacentino sopra il mondo di sanguinare, attaccar le sanguisugue, & le ventose far le fregagione & vessicatorij a corpi humani (Roma: Bartolomeo Bonfadino, 1586)

Our featured book is a copy of the second edition of the famous sixteenth-century blood-letting treatise for barber-surgeons, Discourses of Pietro Paolo Magni of Piacenza on how to bleed, attach leeches and cups, perform massages and blistering to the human body (Discorsi di Pietro Paolo Magni piacentino sopra il mondo di sanguinare, attaccar le sanguisugue, & le ventose far le fregagione & vessicatorij a corpi humani). It was published in Rome in 1586.

Hamlet and the Wolverine Press

Three students setting the type to replicate  the G gathering of Q2 (Hamlet: 1604). Nearest is Amanda Rybin-Koob, poet, MFA; center,  Rebecca Fortes, fiction, MFA;  and furthest, Elijah Sparkman, English major, LSA undergraduate

An extraordinary project is currently taking shape at the Wolverine Press, the letterpress studio at the University of Michigan. Led by Rebecca Chung (UMSI) and Fritz Swanson (Wolverine Press), a team of U of M students is working on a handset edition based on the G gathering from the second quarto of Hamlet, published in 1604 and conventionally known as Q2. In this gathering you can read what is probably the most famous soliloquy Shakespeare ever wrote: “To be, or not to be". In brief,...

"WHose there?" Shakespeare on Page and Stage: A New Exhibit from the Special Collections Library

Poster based on an engraving from William Shakespeare (1564-1616) Mr. William Shakespear's comedies, histories, and tragedies: published according to the true original copies. ; Unto which is added, seven plays, never before printed in folio: viz. Pericles Prince of Tyre. The London prodigal. The history of Thomas Lord Cromwel. Sir John Oldcastle Lord Cobham. The puritan widow. A Yorkshire tragedy. The tragedy of Locrine (London: H. Herringman, E. Brewster, and R. Bentley, 1685) The Fourth Folio

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit from the Special Collections Library: Shakespeare on Page and Stage: A Celebration (Audubon Room, January 11-April 27, 2016). The exhibit is a historical journey through different versions of Shakespeare’s plays as they were edited for publication or interpreted for the stage. Starting with the Second Folio (1632), our display includes a selection of landmark editions by authors and scholars like John Dryden, Nicholas Rowe, Alexander Pope...

On Printing a Shakespeare's Quarto at the Wolverine Press

Magnesium dies replicating the outer forme of the first gathering of John Dryden & William D’Avenant, editors. The tempest, or, The enchanted island. A comedy. As it is now acted at Their Majesties theatre in Dorset-Garden (London: H. Herringman, 1690). The press is a Vandercook 15, made in the 1950s. It was donated to Wolverine Press by Quick Carlson, a UM Alum (LSA 1949)

As part of the upcoming exhibit "Shakespeare on Page and Stage: A Celebration" (Audubon Room, January 11- April 27) we decided to include a facsimile version of a quarto gathering based on a real seventeenth-century quarto edition of a play held at the Special Collections Library: The tempest, or, The enchanted island. A comedy. As it is now acted at Their Majesties theatre in Dorset-Garden (London: H. Herringman, 1690), edited by John Dryden & William Davenant. Read the rest of...

Spanish History for Kids?

Illustration depicting the so-called "Armada Invicible" as it was destroyed by a storm when attempting to invade England.

We have recently purchased an extremely rare illustrated history of Spain. It consists of just twenty-four oblong leaves (152 x 262 mm), each of them containing six illustrations with their respective descriptive narratives below. Each of these pairs highlights important events in Spanish history from Antiquity until the reign of Philip V (1700-1746). There is no letterpress involved in the making of this book. The rectos of the pages have been entirely designed and printed by using the process...

A New Acquisition: A Japanese Illustrated Book on Surgery

woodcut from Irako Mitsuaki. Geka kinmō zui (Kyoto : Ebisuya Ichiemon, 1809)

We have recently purchased this very rare Japanese book on surgery for our History of Medicine Collection, which is particularly comprehensive on the history of surgery from the Middle Ages throughout the Renaissance. Since our holdings on this subject mainly focus on Western medicine, this Japanese imprint is a long overdue addition, being an extraordinary witness of one of many cultural exchanges between Japan and Europe from the sixteenth century onward.

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