Columbia’s collection of incunabula are part of a growing database

The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the University of Oxford’s attempt to track and catalog, “the half-million books printed from 1450 to 1500 that still survive and are now scattered across 4,000 libraries in Europe and the U.S.”

Consuelo Dutschke, Curator of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s Medieval and Renaissance Collections, reports that she and other scholars are working on a companion database, to make sure that all of the incunabula that reside here at Columbia and across the library system are recorded. RBML, for example, has approximately 1000 incunabula with a growing number cataloged in the Material Evidence in Incunabula database.

15cV: The 15CBOOKTRADE Visualisation Suite from Dr Simon Walton on Vimeo.