William Hunter’s Library: the Shapes of Books

University of Glasgow Library

Blog post by Jasna Zwimpfer, Project Assistant, William Hunter’s Library: A Transcription of the Early Catalogues

From small to large – the formats of books in William Hunter’s library

In the past few months, the project team has been busy transcribing Museum Records 3 (MR 3) and matching the books listed in it with the catalogue of the Glasgow University Library. We consulted some of Hunter’s books in Special Collections to answer queries which emerged during our work. In the search room, we came into direct contact with all kinds of shapes and sizes of books, and it was exciting to discover the variety of formats contained within Hunter’s collection. Although the library’s online catalogue provides a short physical description of each book, the actual appearance would always be a surprise. In this blog post, we will be looking at the variety of formats of Hunter’s printed books, and uncover…

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