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/


British Library – Glossary of Terms for Illuminated Manuscripts

Dead Sea Scrolls at Royal Ontario Museum (exhibit 2009-2010)

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)

NYPL Digital Library

National Archives (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

New Zealand Book Council


LOC – American Memory Project

Digital Scriptorium

Aberdeen Bestiary

Book of Beasts

BYU History and Art of the Book

UW Madison – Publishers’ Bindings through the Decades (Exhibit and Related Materials) -essays about the bindings

Anatomy of a Page – Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin

Spread of Printing – Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin

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)

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

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)

British Armorial Bindings – University of Toronto and The Bibliographical Society of London

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)

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/


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