Acknowledgements (in progress)

I should like to express my indebtedness to the late Philip Gaskell, who first introduced me to the incunabula collections in the University of Glasgow, when I came to the Library’s Department of Special Collections in 1963.  To my former colleague, the late Hester M. Black, I owe a great deal:  it was she who first introduced me to the pleasures of provenance study. Projects like this are never the achievement of just one person and I am also very conscious that I am building on the work of many past librarians at Glasgow who are now anonymous.

Coming to more recent times, I want to thank David Weston, Keeper of Special Collections from 1996 until his retirement in 2012, who suggested I might like to return to the work I had begun on the University Library’s incunabula many years ago and who invited me back to the Special Collections Department as an Honorary Research Fellow with the Glasgow Incunabula Project;  he is a source of constant encouragement and advice – not least in the cataloguing of editions printed in Greek and in the decipherment of early inscriptions.  To Julie Gardham, of the Library’s Special Collections Department, I owe a special acknowledgement;  she is entirely responsible for the design of this Web Catalogue and for supervising the provision of countless photographic images;  she cheerfully accepts my frequent changes of text and saves me from many an error;  I should also like to highlight the enormous task she is undertaking, single-handed, in expanding the data from this Web Catalogue as part of her full-scale revision of all the incunabula records in the Library’s general online catalogue.   I want also to give my thanks to Robert MacLean, of the Special Collections Department, who takes care of the day to day maintenance of the web catalogue and who is responsible for the ongoing input of data;  his helpful insights and suggestions more often than not lead to improvements in my original text.

It is a pleasure to give my thanks to other librarians and scholars who are generously providing the Project with information and assistance:

Professor Terence Bailey, University of Western Ontario
Siobhan Buchanan, Museum Studies placement student
Susanne Budde, Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen
Dr Martin Davies, Former Head of Incunabula, British Library
Emeritus Professor Iain Donaldson, Hon. Librarian, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh
Dr Falk Eisermann, Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
John Goldfinch, British Library
Dr Klaus Graf, University of Freiburg
Dr Jeroen De Keyser,  Seminarium Philologiae Humanisticae, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
John Lancaster, Emeritus Curator of Special Collections, Amherst College Library
Professor John Monfasani, State University of New York at Albany
Fiona Neale, Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library
Dr Paul Needham, Scheide Library, Princeton University Library
Dr Laura Nuvoloni, Cambridge University Library
Philip Oldfield, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto Library
Dr W. D. Ian Rolfe, Edinburgh
Marja Smolenaars, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag
Dr Elma Brenner, Wellcome Library, London
John Overholt, Curator, Houghton Library, Harvard University
Andrew McAinsh, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Library, Glasgow

And I also would like to acknowledge the work of a succession of graduate trainees in the University Library and staff from the University's Photographic Unit who have been responsible for the photographic images which accompany each record:

Andrew McAinsh
Dr Paris O’Donnell
Lisa Ramsay
Lara Burton
Emma Malarkey
Rebecca Moloney
Sequoia Hearne
India Fullarton


Jack Baldwin.
February 2012.

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