The Secretary of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), 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, of the duration of five years, will enable a significant expansion and enhancement of the database Material Evidence in Incunabula (MEI), the enhancement of the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC), the study of the day-book of a 15th-century Venetian bookseller recording the sale of 25,000 printed books with their prices (with Prof. Neil Harris), cataloguing the incunabula collection of St Petersburg National Library book in hand, the creation of a new database to research the corpus of texts printed in the 15th century (modelled on the Bodleian's Bod-inc), experimenting with the application of image-matching software to 15th-century illustration, and of scientific visualization techniques to MEI data, that is applied to the distribution and use of books. For further information about the project see: http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/research/15cBooktrade/.
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