Posts by Pablo Alvarez

Old Books and New Spaces

Photo taken a few minutes before the arrival of the guests, showing a selection from the History of Medicine Collection on the fourth floor of the recently renovated Taubman Library, University of Michigan Library

We just hosted our annual donors' reception in the newly renovated space of the Taubman Library last Thursday! As always, it was a great opportunity to express our gratitude to all our friends for having supported the University of Michigan Library throughout the years.

Book History in Spain: A Case Study

Title-page of Giovanni Francesco Loredano's Burlas de la fortuna en afectos retoricos (Madrid: Diego Dises, 1688).

In a previous post, I argued that we must judge a book by its cover because the design of an early binding can tell us much about the social status of its former owner. Now, I would like to argue that we can learn a lot about early printing history by examining the preliminary pages of a book.

It's All about Milk!

Copperplate engraving  in Philipp Adolph Böhmer's Epistola anatomica problematica de ductibus mammarum lactiferis (Halle an der Saale, Impensis Orphanotrophei,1742)

A recent addition to our holdings on the history of medicine is a fascinating collection of twenty-five university dissertations, treatises, prize-winning essays, books, and reports, on the subject of milk. Ranging from 1659 to 1822, and published across Europe, these works are extraordinary witnesses of how milk was thoroughly studied from a chemical, medicinal, nutritional, and even a social perspective.

Speaking the End Times at the Special Collections Library

Publicity flyer for "Speaking the End Times: Prophecy and Messianism in Early Modern Eurasia."Photo credit: Shannon Szalay

On April 16 my colleague Evyn Kropf and I prepared a show & tell presentation of manuscripts and early printed books for the attendees of the symposium, "Speaking the End Times: Prophecy and Messianism in Early Modern Eurasia". In brief, this two-day conference explored the topic of early modern apocalypticism from India to Iberia.


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