The UCD Iberian Book Project (IB) seeks to provide a foundational survey of books published on the Iberian Peninsula or printed elsewhere in Spanish or Portuguese before the middle of the seventeenth century. Bringing together information that has to date remained fragmented and disparate, IB will form the basis for a national short-title catalogue and, consequently, be of enormous value to scholars interested in the literature and history of early-modern Spain and Portugal, or in the book world of Europe in this great age of print. In addition, it will enable greater strategic thinking both in conserving this printed heritage and how that heritage is made available to the global scholarly community.
From 2007 to 2010, the Project concentrated on the first age of publishing, that is the period from 1472 to 1600. From 2010 until 2014, the Project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will focus its attentions on the first half of the seventeenth century, from 1601 to 1650. IB aims to provide a practical resource, helping to identify works by a given author or publisher, or on a given subject. It is difficult to overstate the very substantial barrier to research that exists at present, with scholars forced to confront information fragmented across various published and online catalogues and bibliographies.
The Iberian Book Project is a partner of the Universal Short Title Catalogue Project based at the University of St Andrews. This initiative seeks to bring together Europe's national bibliographic projects into a single searchable interface.
For more information, please contact the Project's Principal Investigator, Dr Alexander Wilkinson.
In December 2010, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded IB $237,000 USD to continue the project up to 1650. The sum was awarded under the Scholarly Communications and Information Technology Program.
The first iteration of the findings of the project was published in May 2010 by Brill.
Iberian Books/Libros ibéricos (IB16) covers the period before 1601.
It contains information on 19,900 items which have survived in around 140,000 copies in over 1,320 libraries worldwide.