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Distinct works, originally published separately and subsequently bound together in one volume, usually at the request of an owner, the sammelband is a recurring feature in the Bolton Library. It is estimated that the c.12000 items in the collection are spread across just 7455 individual book structures, and where they occur these sammelbands have been found to contain some of the rarest material in the collection, such as the English Civil War pamphlets found in sammelbands I.19.29, M.6.22, M.6.25 and M.6.26.

Syriac Language

Syriac language from Introdvctio in Chaldaicam lingua[m], Syriaca[m], atq[ue] Armenica[m], & dece[m] alias linguas (1539)

The earliest specimen of the Syriac language to be printed from movable type (1539) – its author Teseo Ambrogio the first European scholar to acquire a knowledge of the language – is ably succeeded in 1555 by the small Syriac primer of Johann Albrecht Widmanstetter, and the editio princeps in 1562 of the Syriac New Testament (Peshitta), printed using a specially prepared type.