Shakespeare translations in the UL

7000.e.100 - Hamlet, Prinz af Dannemark

7000.e.100 – Hamlet, Prinz af Dannemark

In observance of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the University Library has had cases with some important editions of Shakespeare displayed in the Entrance Hall, including the UL’s copy of the First folio which was bequeathed to the Library in 1894. In this post, we will look at the UL’s collection of Shakespeare in translation.

The UL has several thousand editions of Shakespeare’s works—a simple search the Library’s Newton catalogue reveals 4822 items written by him, dating from 1608 (apparently an incorrect attribution) to 2013. A search on Library Search, the Library catalogue that searches across all libraries in the University, reveals approximately 9,000 items attributed to William Shakespeare, including almost 3,000 items in college libraries. This search can be narrowed down based on the language of the item. Continue reading

Early European Books Collections 3 and 4

Electronic Collection Management

The University Library is delighted to announce that the JISC has negotiated with ProQuest to make available to UK HE institutions collections 1-4 of the Early European Books resource.   This extends the access for Cambridge to include collections 3 and 4.

Collection 3 is substantially larger than the previous collections, containing 3 million pages in total, from more than 10,000 volumes scanned at four different libraries. It encompasses works in all major European languages, printed in the cities which led the explosion of the print industry in the early modern era, such as Nuremberg, Basel, Leiden, Paris and Venice. This breadth of scope gives a wide-ranging overview of the intellectual life and historical upheavals of early modern Europe. The collection contains the founding works of modern sciences such as botany, anatomy and astrology, together with accounts of travel, exploration and warfare, and influential works of literature, philosophy and humanist thought…

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Trial access to Sovetskaia kul’tura digital archive in February 2014

The current weekly Russian newspaper Kul’tura (Culture) was published during the Soviet period under a variety of titles, the longest-standing of which was Sovetskaia kul’tura (1953-1991). The latest database from EastView is a digital archive of the newspaper, from its earliest days up to late 2013. Only a very few issues of the newspaper are available in physical form in the University Library.

Please send feedback on the trial to by Monday, 10 February 2014. This date is determined by deadlines for the Library’s Accessions Committee, which will decide whether or not to purchase permanent access. The trial will run until the end of February 2014, but readers’ comments must be submitted by the 10th. The trial can be accessed through the following link:

 "Moscow subway station, Okhotny Ryad, escalator ca. 1935", Municipal Archives of Trondheim, Flickr :

EastView describe the newspaper as an “indispensable source of information on the developing and ever changing attitudes towards arts and culture in the Soviet and Russian societies. Throughout the years the newspaper articles reviewed major events in Russian cultural life, in literature, theater, cinematography and arts. In the Soviet period it published critical diatribes against dissident writers Pasternak, Solzhenitsyn, Aksyonov and others, infamous articles condemning modern art exhibitions, chastising avant-garde composers and abstract painters. In modern Russia its reviews and event listings often focus on the cultural life of Moscow and regions, it is known for its topical commentaries on popular culture and politics.”

Mel Bach