Meet our Freshman Fellows – Sarah Elbasheer

This blog post comes from one of our four Freshman Fellows, Sarah Elbasheer, who is researching the ways people valued books at and after the time of print, and how we treat those books today. [Click here to learn more about our Freshman Fellows program] The first time I stumbled across JHU’s “Cathedral of Books,” […]


To Borrowers: Baltimore Libraries Large and Small

  We take for granted that library books should not be written in, altered, and tracked with barcodes (if we let them out of the library at all). But before the invention of modern security measures, or even of circulating libraries themselves, book owners went to great lengths to protect their libraries from coming to […]


Books on Books

Since my earlier post on the subject of earlier books turning up in (or on) later ones, I’ve discovered many other examples of early modern recycling at work. I wanted to share one more example of “book covering” in the opposite direction, where the recycled leaves from earlier materials are still present. This example comes from another […]


Uncovered at the Peabody, Pt. I

Authored by: Neil Weijer, Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Premodern and Early Modern Studies Books can turn up in unlikely places, as anyone who has spent time wandering around a room musing “it was here somewhere…” is well aware. But in Special Collections, one might turn up inside (or on) another book as part of its binding. […]