Wittgenstein and Photography: New Insights

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Fellowship admission photograph, 1929. F.A.II.7[2] One of the most famous images of Ludwig Wittgenstein is the photograph which he sent to Trinity College as a requirement for his election to a scholarship in 1929. A new exhibition at the Leopold Museum in Vienna allows us to see this photograph in a new light. The …

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Recent Additions to the Wren Digital Library (9)

O.1.31, Carmen de Algorismo and Massa Compoti This manuscript contains two booklets by the same scribe. The first is a mathematical text Carmen de Algorismo and has an explicit on f.18v. The explicit indicates the end of a unit of text and may provide information such as the title, the author, the scribe, or the …

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A unique Dante incunable?

14 September 2021 marks the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante. The Wren Library houses a substantial collection of early editions of the Dante, combining many of the standard editions from all periods with some particular rarities. Some of these books have been in the ownership of the College for many centuries – indeed, …

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New Look to Online Catalogue of Western Manuscripts

Regular users of the Wren Digital Library will have noticed that we have launched a new interface for the James Catalogue of Western Manuscripts. Users will welcome the return of a free text search option and searching has also been further enhanced by the addition of filters allowing users to restrict results to specific centuries, …

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‘Gather your song’: virgin saints in the Barking Hymnal

The page above is from a 15th-century hymnal in the Wren Library, showing the hymn Tibi Christe, splendor patris. It has enjoyed a respectable place in English church music tradition, appearing in the 1906 English Hymnal as Thee, O Christ, the Father’s splendour. (It did not quite make the cut when the New English Hymnal …

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Trinity Lends to Thomas Becket Exhibition

Trinity College has loaned three manuscripts to the exhibition ‘Thomas Becket: murder and the making of a saint’ which opens at the British Museum on 20 May 2021.  Thomas Becket was murdered on 29 December 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral. From relatively humble beginnings he had risen to serve as Royal Chancellor and then as Archbishop …

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Money matters: the discovery of an unpublished letter by Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798)

Duchcov Castle, Bohemia, 2nd  December 1791. Giacomo Casanova, the famous 18th-century Italian adventurer, has just received a letter from his nephew Carlo, a would-be entrepreneur living in Dresden. In his letter, Carlo asked his uncle for money on behalf of Sala, a Dresden merchant, who was apparently claiming the payment of a debt previously contracted …

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