'Six Wonders of the Printed World' Exhibit

Monday, October 23, 2023 - 10:00 to Thursday, October 26, 2023 - 16:30
The Russell Library, South Campus

A new exhibit for Research Week shines a light on the most exceptional period of book publishing through a showcase of six items which were recently catalogued from the rare book collections of St. Patrick’s Pontifical University held the Russell Library. These six treasures are the only known recorded texts of their kind in Ireland.

Incunabula are books printed prior to 1501 during the earliest period of typography when Johannes Gutenberg developed his printing press in Germany in the mid-15th century. The invention of printing transformed the ways in which knowledge was transmitted and received. These early printed books offer insights into the evolution of printing and the popularisation of certain texts.

The Russell Library is privileged to hold over 50 of these extraordinary books, which includes a 1481 summer edition of Jacobus de Voragine's Der Heiligen Leben printed in Urach – an exceptionally rare copy and the earliest printed Bible in the collection from 1482.

The exhibit will be on display in the Russell Library throughout Research Week during our opening hours (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday -10:00-12:30 & 14:00-16:30)

For more details, please contact (01) 708 3890 or library.russell@mu.ie
Please note that the Russell Library is not currently wheelchair accessible.

You can also view the digital exhibition HERE