The oldest book I’ve ever cataloged is this:
Here it is, laying in a protective box. It had languished for some time in the “backlog” of items that never had electronic records created when my library moved from a card catalog to a computer catalog. This was a very fairly common issue (and still is, really) because libraries rely on cooperative bibliographic databases for the vast majority of their catalog records. But most libraries have a lot of rare, or even unique, items — like this one — that need original cataloging. (Of course every new publication needs an original record too; it’s just that once it’s made, libraries can all share it!)
Anyway this is a book that was made in the 15th century, to judge by the handwriting. It has 99 numbered leaves, plus a few leaves pasted into the front and back later with scribbled notes.
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