Cataloguing the Cardiff Rare Books Collection

A project to catalogue the Cardiff Rare Books Collection commenced in June 2011 with the aim of producing detailed catalogue records for all 14,000 items over the next three years. This important historical collection, recently acquired by Cardiff University Library, includes 175 incunabula from the earliest days of printing, 500 rare Bibles, a comprehensive range of Restoration drama volumes, a rare set of early Shakespeare works and over 2,000 books from 19th and 20th century British private presses.

The cataloguing project will provide much greater access for students, staff and researchers to this unique resource. This blog will follow the progress of the project, highlighting some of the oldest and rarest items and featuring posts about exciting or unusual finds from the collection as its hidden treasures are revealed.

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