Old and Rare Books
Welcome! Feel free to curl up in front of the fire place with a good book,
or at least a link to one. If you love books, you've come to the right
place. My preference leans towards books made in the middle ages. That
means most of them are in Latin. Since I've been unable to acquire any
for myself, I've consoled myself by creating links to them as well as other
book sites. I hope you enjoy them!
Manuscripts - This is my favorite set. These
links bring you to a world of beautiful works. These are heavily graphic
based, since they are scans of original documents.
Collections - More modern and less graphic based
than the manuscripts.
Informational - Links about the history of
books, collection books and printing them.
Reference- Places with lots of links, books data
bases, places to other collector information.
of the Danish Royal Library -
sampling of books and manuscripts in the Royal Library.
Alciato's Book of Emblems -
online edition of the 1531 collection of Latin emblem poems.
In Aedibvs Aldi - The Legacy
of Aldus Manutius and His Press -
digital version of the exhibit organized by the Harold B. Lee Library at
devoted to collecting, storing and distributing digital images of Medieval
Le Roi Charles V et
Son Temps -
from La Bibliotheque Nationale de France.
Koninklijke Bibliotheek -
An exhibit of manuscripts, printed works, book bindings, and specimens
including exerpts from the Delft Bible, Blaeu atlas, sheet music in manuscript
from Willem Pijper.
Exhibit: Rome Reborn -
the Library of Congress presents some 200 of the Vatican Library's most
precious books, manuscripts and maps.
Renaissance Dante in Print
presents Renaissance editions of Dante's Divine Comedy from the John A.
Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection at the University of Notre Dame, together
with selected treasures from The Newberry Library.
Renaissance and Reformation -
an exhibit that explores the history of printing from its origins to the
Center for Electronic
Text & Image (CETI) -
provides online access to unique, rare, and other original materials from
the University of Pennsylvania Library's holdings.
Hypnerotomachia Poliphili -
an electronic facsimile of the original edition, published in Venice in
images from a travelling exhibit of Flemish miniature paintings from 1475
and Beyond: Books, Libraries, and Changing Technology -
focuses on the role of changing technology in the history of books and
Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry -
online exhibit of the calendar images from the classic medieval book of
and the Sciences: 1540-1995 -
exhibit of scientific works written and published by the Jesuits.
Museum & Library -
museum of art and antiques and library of rare books and transcripts housed
in a historic 19th century mansion in Philadelphia, PA.
Bodleian Library Image Catalog -
features thumbnails of digitized images taken from the library's manuscript
illustrated manuscripts from the medieval and early modern periods.
and Their Children -
blockbook of medieval astrology.
of the Word in the Middle Ages -
images of the book arts from the Middle Ages.
Press as an Agent of Change -
by Elizabeth Eisenstein. Abridged and illustrated version of the author's
Aldus Pius Manutius: Publisher
of Renaissance Venice -
from a 1995 exhibit at Simon Fraser University to celebrate the 500th anniversary
of Aldus' first work.
and Published Works of John Vassos -
descriptive bibliography of the illustrated and published works of John
Vassos, 1927-1946. Contains reviews of his work and publishing history.
and Miscellanies -
history and theory of early poetry anthologies (versus miscellanies or
beauties volumes), with tables of contents of many collections, investigating
what role the anthology had in canon formation
virtual catalog of an exhibition of rare books and journals illustrating
the early history of dinosaur discovery and restoration.
Words: Women Write from and for the Kitchen -
selected works from the Aresty Collection of Rare Books on the Culinary
. A Frost
exhibit of Frost manuscripts, editions, and his family magazine Bouquet.
Book, 1780-1830 -
curated by Kenneth R. Holston, at the Department of Special Collections
at University of Pennsylvania Library.
of the Past -
exhibition of 19th century color lithographic sheet music covers. September
and October 1996.
Art Illustration Display -
examines selected covers of mass-market paperbacks published between 1939
The Holden Arboretum -
lists details of book and art exhibits from the Warren H. Corning Collection
of Horticultural Classics and the collection of the Arboretum.
Book Lovers Home Page -
useful places on the net on writers and poets, on libraries, publishers
and booksellers, both of new and second hand/antiquarian books.
Books - Rare -
includes a Guide to First Edition Identification, book search, and links
to sites and lists related to book collecting.
online research tools for book dealers and collectors, featuring links
to public access library catalogs.
Books & Book
links to odd-volumes and incomplete sets, searchable bookstores, book terms
and glossaries, on-line libraries.
IXth International Antiquarian
Book Fair -
book collectors throughout the world can visit the virtual book fair at
the same time as the real book fair, via the Web. May 29th to June 1st,
Bibliophile Bookshelf -
maintained for the benefit and education of dealers and collectors of rare,
scarce, and out of print books. Features the Bibliophile Mailing List.