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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wellcome Library: Digitising our early European printed books

As part of the Wellcome Digital Library pilot project, we're joining forces with ProQuest to digitise over fifteen thousand volumes from our rare book collection. They will be made available through ProQuest's new Early European Books (EEB) database - a sister project to the long-established and successful Early English Books Online. As its name suggests, EEB will trace the history of printing in continental Europe from its origins up to 1700. A number of other libraries have already contributed to the project, including the Kongelige Bibliotek in Copenhagen and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze. We'll be contributing our entire collection of pre-1700 non-English printed books - including many rare or obscure texts on subjects ranging from alchemy to zoology, as well as some of the most spectacularly illustrated books of the period

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