One way to measure the popularity of a given text is to count the number of times it’s been published. For example, the immense popularity of The Imitation of Christ, which went through 78 editions in the 15th century, has been said to trail only the popularity of the bible itself as a devotional text. Compare these to 15 editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy in the 15th century and one can begin to appreciate just how popular Christian devotional literature once was. As it happens, MSU has one of just eight known copies of a rare 1495 edition of The Imitation of Christ.

Not far behind the popularity of The Imitation of Christ, with at least 65 editions appearing in the 15th century, is the Meditations on the Life of Christ. MSU is very fortunate to have recently acquired the first printed edition of the Meditations—the very first of those many editions to appear in the 15th century (pictured above). Published in 1468, this edition has the distinction of being the first dated book printed in the city of Augsburg—and this at a time when fewer than a dozen cities in all of Europe had the technology to print books. This first appearance in print is a fine complement to our medieval manuscript of the text, and it also claims the honor of being one of the three oldest printed books to reside in Michigan.

On the front paste-down of our Meditations, afloat in a sea of booksellers’ annotations, is the bookplate of Hieronymus Baumgartner (1498-1565), a powerful advocate of the Protestant Reformation. Baumgartner enrolled at the University of Wittenberg in 1518, the very town in which just a year earlier Martin Luther allegedly nailed his Ninety-five Theses to a church door. In Wittenberg, Baumgartner befriended prominent reformers Philipp Melanchthon, Georg Major, and Joachim Camerarius, and he later helped found the Melanchthon Gymnasium in his hometown of Nuremberg in 1526. Baumgartner was an accomplished statesman, to be sure, but we’re particularly pleased because his bookplate, as far as we can tell, is the oldest bookplate in MSU’s collection.


This Provenance Project guest post was written by Patrick Olson, Rare Books Librarian at Michigan State University Special Collections.

I get so discouraged because pretty much everyone hates Vaxleth. Not only do I love the ship, but I’m alot like keyleth. People say it’s awkward and therefore (summarizing a bit) it shouldn’t happen but like.

I’m awkward.

And I’m awkward with people I love but that shouldn’t mean our relationship shouldn’t happen?

I understand why they don’t like it, I just wish people wouldn’t attack it.

Weekend is family time so no doujin but next week I would post new mini doujin again…

That aside… for those anon antis who harrassed me. I WON’T reply you not because I cannot prove you wrong or I cannot state my opinion regarding topics you brought up.

I just think no matter how hard I try, you would not agree with me, or even try to understand my reason why I choose Ichihime. So why should we wasting time on each other?

If you think IR is the best and it supposed to be canon, it is your right to believe so. Go on. Have fun.

I will have fun too here. Rather than spending my time debating stuff like that, I prefer to write fanfics and make doujin for everyone to enjoy.

At least I am being productive.




Also I might as well post these up for people to see! These are pictures for a little Q&A thing I’m doing for my reception as a way for guests to get to know us. They’re pretty much typical questions people have asked me for a while now lol

#1 and #2: Where are the bride/groom from? Honduras/Various states in the U.S.

#3 and #4: What are the bride/groom majoring in college? Art/Political Science

#5: Where did they first meet? At a college group activity at the bride’s house

#6: When was their first date? Halloween

#7: What is one thing they have in common (that initially got them talking to each other in the first place)? Pokemon

anonymous asked:

(pt 1.) Motel rooms and 24 hour diners,/
Meeting on the cusp of day and night,/
Callused sun-burnt hands/
Brushing bruised cheeks.//

In the night she glows,/
Cloaking herself in fog and mist/
dancing under fluorescent lights,/
The night belongs to her.// (!!!) - tempest

(pt 2.) He soon surrenders to the night./
Waking in the warm, the curtains still open/
From the night before,/
 He grabs a pen/
And scrawls her a poem on the back of a napkin/
Or the pale skin of her forearm/
About the lovers cursed to only see each other/
Twice a day./ (!!!) - tempest

{daps theme of the week // “no one has ever loved a sin as much as i have loved you” - codependent siblings.}

. the dead anon poets society .