Rare Books & Special Collections – Samples of Digital Projects

RBMS http://www.rbms.info

RBMS Bibliographic Standards http://rbms.info/committees/bibliographic_standards/index.shtml

Latin Dictionary and Grammar aid – from University of Notre Dame http://archives.nd.edu/latgramm.htm

“Online Book History Reference Resources” Compiled by Dr. Sarah Werner “Books and Early Modern Culture blog http://sarahwerner.net/FolgerBooks/index.php/resources/

PROJECTS

British Library – Glossary of Terms for Illuminated Manuscripts
http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/glossary.asp

Dead Sea Scrolls at Royal Ontario Museum (exhibit 2009-2010)
http://www.rom.on.ca/exhibitions/special/scrolls.php

Dead Sea Scrolls on-line exhibition at Library of Congress
Scrolls from the Dead Sea http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/scrolls/dead.html

Making of America (U Michigan & Cornell)
http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp/

NYPL Digital Library
http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgabout.cfm

National Archives (UK)
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

Polonsky Foundation Digitization Project -Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) online archive of their ancient texts
http://bav.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/

New Zealand Book Council
http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/

http://www.wimp.com/booklife/

LOC – American Memory Project
memory.loc.gov

Digital Scriptorium
http://www.scriptorium.columbia.edu/

Aberdeen Bestiary
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/bestiary/index.hti

Book of Beasts
digicoll.library.wisc.edu/HistSciTech/subcollections/BestiaryAbout.html

BYU History and Art of the Book
 http://guides.lib.byu.edu/content.php?pid=70183&sid=519798

UW Madison – Publishers’ Bindings through the Decades (Exhibit and Related Materials) -essays about the bindings
http://bindings.lib.ua.edu/gallery/decades.html

Anatomy of a Page – Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin
www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenberg/html/7.html

Spread of Printing – Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin
http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/gutenberg/html/5.html

University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center – Legacy of Sebastianus Virdung: Rare Books in the Collection of Frederick R Selch Important in the Study of the History of Musical Instruments http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl

Perseus Digital Library Tufts University http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/

University of Iowa – John Martin Rare Book Room (Hardin Library for Health Sciences) Rare Book Room Images http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/jmrbr/index.php

Rare Book Room http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/rbr/

U Kansas – 1605 The Year Don Quixote Conquered Europe http://spencer.lib.ku.edu

Finding aids to Kansas Collection, Special Collections and University Archives (in EAD)
http://ead.diglib.ku.edu

National Library of Netherlands – Special Collections http://www.kb.nl/menu/collecties-en.html

OUR BIBLE & THE ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS: by SIR FREDERIC KENYON (former Director of the British Museum) http://www.katapi.org.uk/BibleMSS/Contents.htm

Cloverdale’s Bible (1535) http://www.katapi.org.uk/BibleMSS/Coverdale.htm

Wellcome Library (UK) – Manuscript Collections http://library.wellcome.ac.uk/node254.html

Turning the Pages (British Library) http://www.bl.uk and http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/index.html

Early Manuscripts at Oxford University – Digital facsimiles of complete manuscripts, scanned directly from the originals http://image.ox.ac.uk

Duke Papyrus Archive http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/papyrus/

Manuscripts Collection Aukland City Libraries New Zealand (search for: The Rossdhu Book of Hours, Med.Ms G146 http://www.aucklandcitylibraries.com/aboutthelibraries/collections/Special-Collections/Manuscripts-and-archives-at-Special-Collections.aspx

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library – St. Johns University http://www.hmml.org

Edinburgh City of Print – exhibition of printing history http://www.edinburghcityofprint.org

Incunabula – Bancroft Library – UC Berkeley http://sunsite3.berkeley.edu/incunabula/

Burnet Psalter (University of Aberdeen) http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/historic/collects/bps

Medievalists.net – News, and History, and current awareness site of Medieval Period and Middle Ages http://www.medievalists.net

The Early English Books Online project – the ODL is a partner in this project to encode 25,000 early printed books in XML. The project web page can be found at http://eebo.odl.ox.ac.uk/e/eebo/

Digital Miscellanies Index – defined by the index compilers as: popular printed collections of poetry and songs, reflect fashions, popular taste and the literary market, rather than the state of high literature http://digitalmiscellaniesindex.org/

Miniature Books http://www.abebooks.co.uk/books/miniature-miniaturization-tiny-prayer-bindings/small-books.shtml

David Rumsey – historical map collections and other types of images (using Luna Imaging and Insight Browser) http://www.davidrumsey.com

British Museum – Exhibit, video & podcasts about liberties, including images of  Magna Carta
http://www.bl.uk/takingliberties

Rotary International Fellowship “Old and Rare Antiques Books and Prints http://rotaryoldbooks.org

Image Permanence Institute – Graphic Atlas http://www.graphicsatlas.org/

Manifold Greatness – King James Bible http://www.manifoldgreatness.org/

Medieval Fragments Blog http://medievalfragments.wordpress.com

Fore-Edge Painting – Boston Public Library http://foreedge.bpl.org/

Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/projects/mesa/

Armenia – Virtual Matenadaran  art & illuminated manuscripts (UNESCO)
http://www.unesco-ci.org/photos/showgallery.php/cat/524

British Armorial Bindings – University of Toronto and The Bibliographical Society of London
http://armorial.library.utoronto.ca/

The Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Archive (incorporating The University of Delaware Library’s Thomas L. Gravell Watermark Collection and The unpublished Watermarks and Records from the C-M Briquet Archive (Ms Briquet xxx) at the Bibliothèque de Genève)
http://www.gravell.org/

Places to find more information

Fine Books & Collections Magazine http://www.finebooksmagazine.com

Rare Book Review http://www.rarebookreview.com/index.php

Spiegel, Frances “Best of the Web” Letter Arts Review 20:1 (2005) pg 36ff (available in print at KSU Libraries)

The Rare Books School – University of Virginia, Charlotte, VA – Syllabi and reading lists http://www.rarebookschool.org/

Earlier projects – English Short Title Catalogs – microfilm – UMI Wing, Short, ESTC, NSTC, Early books

Making Type by Hand   http://www.aimeedozois.com/type/

Paper & Watermark Museum http://www.museodellacarta.com/default.asp

Dawn of Western Printing http://www.ndl.go.jp/incunabula/e/index.html

The Atlas of Early Printing University of Iowa – http://atlas.lib.uiowa.edu/

American Antiquarian Society Podcasts http://www.americanantiquarian.org/podcasts.htm

Images & Samples

Merriam Webster Visual Dictionary (has images of printing processes) – http://visual.merriam-webster.com

articles on printmaking http://www.artelino.com/articles

YouTube videos about printing:

Databases & Bibliographies

NINES – Nineteenth Century Scholarship Online http://www.nines.org/

18th Connect – Eighteenth Century Scholarship Online http://www.18thconnect.org/

Early Modern Online Bibliography – with a long list of databases & bibliographies as well as a blog http://earlymodernonlinebib.wordpress.com/

French Book Trade in Enlightenment Europe database http://chop.leeds.ac.uk/stn/

Videos

Pirages – rare book dealers – videos about books http://www.pirages.com/videos.php