Catalan books and Spanish lyrical pieces in the Jonathan Gili collection

A few years ago, we announced the purchase of a collection of Catalan and Spanish books from the library of Jonathan and Phillida Gili. Our blog post featured some of the gems of this wonderful acquisition.

We are pleased to report that this collection is now fully catalogued. Continue reading

A Benedictine bookplate designer

The origins of the European exlibris or bookplate lie in the woodblock prints of fifteenth-century Germany, while the first known British bookplate records the gift of books by Sir Nicholas Bacon to Cambridge University Library in 1574. The Library’s collections contain many thousands of diverse examples, intended as a record of ownership but ideally also a sign of the personality and tastes of the user and the artistic abilities of the designer and printer. Sadly a very small proportion of the Library’s holdings are recorded on Newton and a few thousand only on a card index kept in the Rare Books Room. Continue reading

A tool to find useful internet resources in and about European languages

­­­­­As a way to help readers navigate the sea of internet resources available for the study of subjects related to European languages, our department manages a Delicious account. Delicious is an online bookmarking service that allows everyone to browse what at first view is a list of links (277 at the moment) to useful resources.

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When visiting it (click here) you will notice though, that you can select a series of options that can help narrow the list to your area of interest (Tags, tags bundles, date, extra filters; see screenshot on the right). A good way to begin is by clicking on “tags”, so you can see all the categories we have used to classify each resource, from the language they deal with (Russian, Portuguese, Dutch, etc.) to the sort of content they have or type of resources they are (bibliographies, ejournals, archives, manuscripts, digital libraries, etc.) and to the subject they deal with (literature, social sciences, history, etc.). Continue reading

Will Catalonia follow in the steps of Scotland?

on Catalan independence

A selection of the books on the topic we have recently received.

In light of the Scottish referendum on independence next week, it is worth remembering that other parts of Europe are currently faced with a similar dilemma. Catalans have long been agitating for the right to have their say in regard to independence and are observing the Scottish vote with much expectation and perhaps a little envy – considering their central government’s blocking of a discussion on the topic, let alone grant permission to the consultations scheduled for November this year.

In the last few years the Catalan publishing market has of course abounded with publications on the matter and we have recently ordered many of the most relevant ones. At the time of writing, Cambridge University Library is the only UK institution (soon to be) holding many of these titles. These books deal with various aspects of Catalan independence: to name just a few, they include titles concerning the Church’s view on the matter (Ser independentista no és cap pecat: l’Església i el nacionalisme català, 2014.8.5092), the potential economic consequences of independence (Economia de Catalunya: preguntes i respostes sobre l’impacte econòmic de la independència, 2014.9.3489) and the positions held by prominent Catalan intellectuals (¿Per què volem un estat propi? : seixanta intel·lectuals parlen de la independència de Catalunya), as well as Albert Pont’s acclaimed Delenda est Hispania : tot allò que Espanya ens amaga sobre la independència de Catalunya (584:33.c.201.13). If you are interested in any of these titles or wish to have a full list, please contact the Hispanic Specialist.

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