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Glossing the Colonial Book Catalogue

Glossing the Colonial Book Catalogue

One of the major outcomes of the first stage of the SouthHem project has been the creation of our digital archive of book catalogues from the colonial southern hemisphere. Ranging in date from 1786 to 1870, our archive now includes 444 catalogues from South Africa, the Australian colonies and New Zealand, and the Strait Settlements, many of which have been digitised by the project and made widely available for the first time here. Over the last year, the SouthHem team has…

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Library Catalogue Glosses

Library Catalogue Glosses

The Book Catalogues of the Southern Hemisphere (BCSH) database aims to provide an explanatory gloss on each of the nearly 500 surviving auction, bookseller, and library catalogues pertaining to the British-controlled Southern Hemisphere and Straits Settlements. These brief glosses will eventually be available on our main website and will contain summaries of the number, type, genre, material format, and provenance of book holdings;  information relating to the owners, distributors, sellers, and auctioneers of catalogued books; and, if relevant, information relating…

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SouthHem Library Catalogue Database

SouthHem Library Catalogue Database

In order to examine how the nature of book holdings changed over space and time in the colonial Southern Hemisphere and Straits Settlements in the nineteenth century, we are creating a database of Book Catalogues in the Southern Hemisphere (BCSH). The catalogues that form our database include: library catalogues (for institutions like subscription libraries, mechanics’ institutes, public libraries, institutional libraries, private collections etc.); auction catalogues (which were by far the most prevalent before 1840); and bookseller catalogues. The aims of…

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