Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain, 1508.

Image of a printing press

Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain,

Dee’s research often combined mathematics, alchemy, astrology, and Hermetic philosophy. (Monas Hieroglyphica. London, 1564)

John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica (1564)

Dee’s research often combined mathematics, alchemy, astrology, and Hermetic philosophy.

Apian, Cosmographia, 1545.

Mapping the heavens and earth: Apian’s Cosmographia in the Cardiff Rare Books Collection

century, Tibet, Iron with gold inlay. A beautifuly crafted device .

Wynkyn de Worde’s printer’s device. The central glyph is taken from the printer’s mark of his former master, William Caxton. Cronycles of Englonde, and also the descripcyon of Englonde (1528).

The Benefits of Cleaning House; or, A Chronicle from the Press of Wynkyn de Worde

Wynkyn de Worde’s printer’s device. The central glyph is taken from the printer’s mark of his former master, William Caxton. Cronycles of Englonde, and also the descripcyon of Englonde

Title page of Monas Hieroglyphica (Antwerp, 1564).

John Dee’s Monas Hieroglyphica (1564)

Robert Record, Castle of Knowledge (1556)

Robert Recorde and his linguistic Witte

Pietro Duodo’s copy of “Amadis de Gaula” (1582), bound in the olive-brown leather for literary works.

The Cardiff Rare Books Project: historical highlights and favourite finds

Pietro Duodo’s copy of “Amadis de Gaula” bound in the olive-brown leather for literary works.

Colophon of Cronycles of Englonde (1528). Wynkyn de Worde was the first printer to set up shop in Fleet Street, which remains to this day a central hub of printing and book production.

The Benefits of Cleaning House; or, A Chronicle from the Press of Wynkyn de Worde

Colophon of Cronycles of Englonde Wynkyn de Worde was the first printer to set up shop in Fleet Street, which remains to this day a central hub of printing and book production.

Testament Newydd 1567

Testament Newydd 1567

16th Century

Testament Newydd 1567

Testament Newydd 1567

16th Century


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