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1.01 Trithemius.jpg
Johannes Trithemius (1462–1516), abbot of the Benedictine Abbey of Sponheim and later of St. James in Würzburg, is honored with the title of “father of bibliography” for the first systematic bibliography of the printing age. Trithemius lists 7,000…

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Before he was thirty, Konrad Gesner (1516–1565), professor of physics and natural science and a doctor of medicine in his native Zurich, compiled the Bibliotheca universalis, the first international bibliography of authors writing in Latin, Greek,…

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The first edition of the first French national bibliography and literary biography. François Grudé (1552–1592) at an early age began gathering a large personal collection of books in French, Greek, Latin, Spanish and Italian. Grudé issued a…

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The study of incunabula (books printed during the infancy of printing, from the Latin cunae, “cradle”) has been a cornerstone of bibliographic research for centuries. This work by Cornelis à Beughem (fl. 1678–1710), is recognized as the first…

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In 1920 noted bibliographer Marie-Louis Polain (1866–1933) was asked to compile a catalogue of the incunabula in Belgian libraries, and to that end Polain began to collect typographic samples of early printed books from Belgium, photographic…
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