The term ‘Early printed books’ in Europe covers the period from the 15th century, when the invention of the hand-press in Germany took over from hand-written documents, to 1801. The earliest (pre-1501) books are termed incunables or incunabula but our earliest was printed in 1542.
Some of these are books were acquired via Hull educational institutions, which eventually became the University of Lincoln and have passed through many pairs of hands. Very few are in ‘good’ condition, most have detached spines and boards, dilapidated bindings and are held together with archival tape. These volumes require a book cushion to support the binding and very careful handling. A number were part of Riseholme Agricultural College Library and the rest of the collection is still at Riseholme but can be viewed with notice.
The small collection of pre-1801 material includes texts such as:
The historie of the holy warre by Thomas Fuller, B.D. prebendarie of Sarum, late of Sidney Colledge in Cambridge. The fourth edition. 1651
A complete history of England, from the descent of Julius Caesar, to the Treaty of Aix la Chapelle, 1748 containing the transactions of one thousand eight hundred and three years by T. Smollett, M.D. The second edition. 1758
Image: Walton, I. (1653) The compleat angler or the contemplative man's recreation. London: printed by T. Maxey.