Initial Impressions

The Librarian speaking at Lincoln College

The Librarian speaking at Lincoln College (photograph: Professor Cristina Dondi)

Last month, seven colleges came together to celebrate the launch of the Printing R‑Evolution and Society exhibition by the 15cBOOKTRADE project, under the punning title Initial Impressions.

Jesus College owns 45 incunables – books printed before 1501 – which were added to the MEI (Material Evidence in Incunabula) database earlier this year by James Misson of Exeter College. Since they predate the college’s foundation, our incunables arrived as antiquarian curiosities, much like our medieval manuscripts.

There was standing room only as college librarians introduced their collections, followed by a trail of displays linking Balliol, Lincoln, Magdalen, Merton, Wadham, and Worcester, as well as Jesus. The Fellows’ Library welcomed 170 visitors from inside and outside College.

Owen McKnight, College Librarian

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