The Universal Short Title Catalogue: an analytical bibliography of all books published before 1601

The Universal Short Title Catalogue (USTC) aims to bring together information on all books published in Europe between the invention of printing and the end of the sixteenth century. The project will create a searchable interface, including data from established national bibliographical projects and new projects undertaken by the project team at St Andrews, with partners in University College, Dublin and building upon the principles established by the St Andrews French Vernacular Book project (2007). New work undertaken in St Andrews will create new bibliographies of Latin books published in France and of books published in the Low Countries. The project team will also collect and analyse information on books published in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. Meanwhile, partners in University College, Dublin will create a bibliography of books published in the Iberian Peninsula. In 2011 this will be brought together with information on books published in Italy, Germany and Britain to create a fully searchable resource covering all of Europe. This will provide access to the full bibliographic information, locations of surviving copies and, where available, digital full text editions that can be accessed through the database. All told, this information will encompass approximately 350,000 editions and around 1.5 million surviving copies, located in over 5,000 libraries worldwide.

Principal investigator
Professor Andrew Pettegree
Principal project staff
Professor Andrew Pettegree
Start date
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Completion date
Monday, August 1, 2011