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Publications about the Worth Library




‘A copy should be in every library with an Aldine section or any interest in the new bibliophily of the early eighteenth century.’

                                                                            The Book Collector Summer 2017


This catalogue of Worth’s extensive Aldine catalogue marks the 500th anniversary of death of the famous Venetian printer, Aldus Manutius. It provides a detailed description of the eighty five Aldines in 89 volumes that the Library has in its custody. The book has an extensive introduction outlining the history of the Library, how and where Edward Worth obtained his books (as far as is known or surmised) and is followed by a detailed description of all the Aldines in the collection. The format of the description follows that of the Ahmanson-Murphy collection of Aldines at the University of California. Worth’s collection includes some of the highlights of the Aldine press as Worth was particularly interested in first editions.


The book is a major contribution to the quincentennial celebrations of Aldus Manutius, his achievements and those of his successors, to the history of libraries, particularly in Ireland, to binding history (a particular feature of the Edward Worth Library collection) and to the history of ideas.

It is available to purchase via ourBookshop webpage.






This volume arises from a conference held in November 2008 at the Royal Society in London to mark the 275th anniversary of the establishment of the Edward Worth Library in Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin. Many contributions reflect on the alchemical interaction of the sciences, in particular natural philosophy and medicine, and the printed book in the 16th and 17th centuries, while other essays elucidate the historical, intellectual and social contexts in which this ‘alchemy’ occurred. All essays take their cue from Edward Worth himself – a well established, if still enigmatic, Dublin physician and fellow of the Royal Society who died in 1733 – or from the collection of books which he brought together and generously donated to a newly established hospital. The resulting volume produces a fascinating insight into the social and intellectual world of Edward Worth.

Contributors: Charles Benson (TCD), Elizabethanne Boran (Edward Worth Library), Howard Caygill (Goldsmith’s College, University of London), Davis Coakley (T CD/St James Hospital), Michael Hunter (Birkbeck College, University of London), Ilham Ibnou-Zahir (Université Hassan II Mohammedia), Magdalena Kozluk (University of Lodz), Sachiko Kusukawa (Trinity College, Cambridge), Lisa Lambert (TCD), Michael Lyons (Edward Worth Library), Bill Mc Cormack (Edward Worth Library), Jean-Paul Pittion (Université de Tours), Danielle Westerhof (University of Leicester).

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Other print publications on the Worth Library are as follows:


Boran, Elizabethanne and Hunter, Michael (eds.) (2015) Special Issue: Robert Boyle of Intellectual History Review volume 25 issue 1.

Breugelmans, Ronald (1995), ‘De Worth Library in Dublin’ in Margriet Gosker (ed.) Een Boek Heeft Eeen Rug. (Uitgeverij Boekencentrum B. V. – Zoetermeer), pp. 71-74.

Cruickshank D. W. and Wilson, E. M. (1974), ‘A Calderón Collection in Dr Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin’ in Long Room 9, pp. 17-27.

Kirkpatrick, T. P. C. (1924; reprinted 2008) The History of Doctor Steevens’ Hospital Dublin, 1720-1920 (Dublin: University Press; UCD Press), Chapter 8.

Kinane, Vincent (1997) ‘Some red morocco bindings by Christopher Chapman in the

Worth library, Dublin’ in Long Room no. 42, pp. 19-24.

Kinane, Vincent (1999), ‘The ‘dark and Delicate Style’ of Parliamentary Binder A: A Group of Bindings in the Worth Library, Dublin’, in The Book Collector 48, pp. 372-386.

McCarthy, Muriel (1986), ‘An Eighteenth-Century Dublin Bibliophile’ in Irish Arts Review, vol 3, no 4, pp. 29-35.

Mc Cormack, W. J. (2006), ‘Why did Edward Worth leave his books to Dr Steevens’ Hospital?’ in David Fitzpatrick (ed.) The Feds: an account of the Federated Dublin Voluntary Hospitals, 1961-2005 (Dublin: A. & A. Farmar), pp. 305-12.

McCormack, W. J. (2008), ‘Some commercial and other sources for the Edward Worth Library (1733 in Gillian O’Brien and Finola O’Kane (eds.) Georgian Dublin (Dublin: Four Courts), Chapter 13.

Westerhof, Danielle (ed.) (2010) The Alchemy of Medicine and Print: The Edward Worth Library Dublin (Dublin: Four Courts Press).

Online podcasts

Elizabethanne Boran’s podcast on Dublin Bookbindings at the Worth Library is available here:

Elizabethanne Boran’s podcast on the scientific collections at the Worth Library is available here:


Dr Edward Worth’s M.D. thesis on the Aphorisms of Hippocrates

has been digitized by Dublin City Library and Archives.

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