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The Illustrated Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (IISTC)

General Editor: Dr Martin Davies

The Illustrated Incunabula Short-title Catalogue (IISTC) is based on the Incunabula Short-title Catalogue (ISTC), the database of fifteenth-century printing which has been in development at the British Library since 1980.

The ISTC catalogues the c.28,000 known editions of books or broadsheets printed from the birth of the printing press to 1500. Each catalogue record notes, in separate fields, the author, title, printer, language of text, format, place of printing, date of printing, present location of known editions, bibliography as well as notes of particularities of the edition.

The IISTC is a version of the ISTC on CD-ROM with the addition of illustrations of key pages of each edition. These illustrations demonstrate visually the construction of the book:its page layout, format and printing types, as well as the variety of printerís devices and woodcuts. The pages chosen are the title-page, prelim, start of text, first page of second quire, end of text, colophon, registrum, start and end of table, start and end of calendar, woodcuts, etc. depending on the text.

The IISTC on CD-ROM facilitates searching in single fields (listed above) or complex searching combining a variety of field searches such as:

All books printed in French
Hebrew books issued in quarto format
Caxtonís Production before 1490
Holdings of vernacular texts in the Vatican
German or Italian Incunabula with woodcut illustration

The images on the IISTC on CD-ROM can be enlarged using the mouse, placed on a clipboard, or placed in a picture box where they can be stored and retrieved and compared at leisure.

The First Edition (1997) of the IISTC presented 10,000 images to c.2,500 of the c.28,000 editions of incunables. The second edition (1998) will present a further 10,000 images, and this will be followed by regular editions until the ultimate goal of illustrating all extant incunabula has been achieved. Each new edition will be based on the latest, updated version of the British Libraryís ISTC.

To date the following major international libraries have contributed images to the IISTC:

The British Library, London
Bibliothèque Nationale, Brussels
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Rome
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich
Bodleian Library, Oxford
Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague
Instituto Nacional do Livro, Lisbon
Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche, Rome
Bibliothèque Municipale de Lyon
Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino
and other smaller libraries

New features of the second edition (1998)

The Second Edition of the IISTC presents several new features:

The Second Edition of the IISTC is compiled from a updated version of the ISTC data which incorporates the new entries, new location information, amendments and corrections made to ISTC since the first edition of IISTC (1997). A further 10,000 images have been added to the original 10,000 of the first edition. Over 4,000 editions are now illustrated, representing considerable progress towards the ultimate aim of illustrating all 28,000 editions.

Several new libraries have contributed images for the Second Edition, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich which has one of the most important holdings of incunabula; the Bodleian Library, Oxford, the Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, and the Bibliothèque Municipale, Lyon.

Successive editions of IISTC will aim to:

The IISTC is an important tool for the study of early printing, presenting the British Library's Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue in an easily searchable form, as well as the visual evidence of textual composition, type, printers' devices, colophons, employment of woodcuts, and the use of colour (usually red) printing. The IISTC also facilitates the study of the first printed texts themselves; which texts were printed, when and where. This evidence can be used in bibliographical research as well as political, sociological and literary studies of the Fifteenth Century.

  Further Information:

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