Promoting Europe's cultural heritage in print and manuscript
CERL seeks to share resources and expertise between research libraries with a view to improving access to, as well as exploitation and preservation of the European printed heritage in the hand-press period (up to c. 1830). The organisation was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries in many European countries and legally came into being in June 1994. So this year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary.
Welcome to our site.
The Heritage of the Printed Book in Europe, c. 1455 - c. 1830. A database of records from major European and North American research libraries.
Multi-lingual information about names of persons and places found in catalogues of books of the hand-press period.
Cross-searching of catalogues of European manuscript materials, with the option to search selected early-printed books databases.
Material Evidence in Incunabula
MEI is a database designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th century printed books.
Find out about CERL's networks, projects and collaborative working groups.
Seminars and Workshops
The Consortium holds annual international seminars and regular regional and national workshops.
Can You Help? for provenance queries. Bibliography of provenance sources. Records for book owners in the CERL Thesaurus.
This site is archived as part of the initiative of the UK Web Archiving Consortium
CERL Workshop at SHARP 2014 Antwerp
Historical Provenance Research: Material Evidence, Documentary Evidence, and Digital Humanities – CERL Workshop, 17 September, 9.00-13.30. SHARP CONFERENCE (Antwerp 17-20 September 2014). Full programme on http://www.sharp2014.be/cerl-workshop.html
CERL Newsletter - December 2013
The latest CERL Newsletter is now available here.
CERL's Secretary awarded ERC Consolidator Grant
CERL's Secretary, Cristina Dondi, of the University of Oxford, has been awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant for her project: “The 15th-century Book Trade: An Evidence-based Assessment and Visualization of the Distribution, Sale, and Reception of Books in the Renaissance”. The Grant is for five years. Read more...
“Thinking Again about the First Printing Revolution with Both Eyes on the Books: Venetian Evidence for Prices, Trade, and Use” by Cristina Dondi at Harvard University
CERL's Secretary, Dr Cristina Dondi, presented a paper on Monday 30 September 2013, at the Houghton Library, Harvard University. She also held a Workshop on Thursday, October 3, in the Houghton Library Seminar Room. The case of a dispersed collection between Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Florence is discussed in the Houghton Library blog, “Contributing data for greater understanding”, introduced by William Stoneman, Curator of Early Books and Manuscripts.
CERL in a Venn diagram
An overview of all CERL activities and services, and their users. Click here...
Download CERL Papers I to III for free
Over the years, Eric White, Curator of Special Collections, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, has been gathering data on the edition size, or print-run, of incunabula, a notoriously elusive subject. He has kindly agreed to make the c.280 records available to the wider community via CERL.
Powerpoint presentation on the Heritage of the Printed Book database
Jana Hentschke presented the latest HPB developments and data loads to colleagues during a Workshop on Tools for Provenance and Bibliographical Research, at Glasgow University Library on 24 November last year. Her powerpoint presentation is now available.
- Europeana Cloud project blog post.