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Online companion to the
Frequently updated: last update = 12-14-05
New Category: Rare Books
"Turning the Pages" at the
British Library and the
National Library of Medicine
Using animation software, the digitized images of rare and beautiful historic
books are available for site visitors to virtually "leaf through." You can also
zoom in on the pages for more detail while reading or listening to explanations
of the text. Three books are currently available at the NLM; 12 titles,
including da Vinci's "Sketchbook" are available at the British Library.
Census of the Gutenberg Bible
Provided by rare bookseller Clausen
Books in Colorado. These pages also state a chronological history of the bible.
The Gutenberg Museum
Official museum dedicated to the work of the inventor
of movable type, Johann Gutenberg, located in Mainz, Germany. These pages also
include a census of the Gutenberg Bible.
Library of Congress Rare Book Division
Bibliophiles must visit this site: On the left side of the page, explore the
Digitized Rare & Special Collections,
Illustrated Guide to the Collections,
List of Selected Special Collections.
World Health Organization
Includes documents acquired by the Office
International d'Hygiène Publique on epidemics including plagues and smallpox.
Documents are in PDF and date back to the 1500s.
see also --
EEBO (Early English Books Online)
subscription database from Proquest Learning (i.e., not available without
charge), but mentioned here because it is so impressive. Though these items
are in the public domain, only Proquest has had the resources to digitize
them. Full text of every book printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and
every book in the English language printed abroad, from 1475 to 1700.
Manuscripts at the Vatican
A beautiful, though not expansive site.
A resource for libraries
and collectors wishing to purchase digitized rare books or to outsource
their own holdings for digitization.
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