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Tuesday, June 18 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
The Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI) Database and American Collections (ticketed event, meets at the Peabody Library)

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Sponsored by Liber Antiquus Early Printed Books & Manuscripts

*Note: This workshop will meet at The George Peabody Library (17 E. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202). Participants are responsible for their own transportation.*

Material evidence in Incunabula (MEI) is an international database, freely accessible, specifically designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th-century printed books: ownership, decoration, binding, manuscript annotations, stamps, prices, etc. The collaborative enterprise of over 400 European and American libraries, it contains over 40,000 high quality records and the identification of over 18,000 former owners.

MEI is hosted and maintained by the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL). MEI introduced an innovative approach to the recording of provenance: the application of geographical (GeoNames) and temporal indicators applied to every element of provenance, to track the movement of books over space and time during their 500 years of life. Now we are in the position to visualise the movement of thousands books, and to understand patterns and trends in the use and survival of early printed books. By integrating provenance data we are also reconstructing dispersed libraries and of course support the high-quality copy-specific cataloguing of every library with this kind of material.

A powerpoint will be distributed in advance; participants will be registered for editing the database in advance. This workshop will be held at the George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, where participants will work with incunabula from the Peabody collections. Participants are responsible for getting themselves to the workshop, located about one mile from the conference hotel. Brought to you by the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA) and the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL).

Brought to you in part by the Bibliographical Society of America and the Consortium for European Research Libraries.

Workshop fee (6/18/2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm):  $140


Cristina Dondi

University of Oxford

Tuesday June 18, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
The George Peabody Library 17 E. Mount Vernon Place Baltimore, MD 21202