British Library 19th Century Collection now freely accessible on Historical Texts

The British Library 19th Century Collection is now freely available to search on the JISC Historical Texts platform.

We do not have a direct link to the collection on Historical Texts, but you can use this link https://historicaltexts.jisc.ac.uk/results?collection=bl&size=120 to browse the collection using the Advanced Search function.

In partnership with Microsoft, the British Library has digitised, and made freely available under Public Domain Mark, over 60,000 volumes (around 25 million pages) of out of copyright 18th & 19th century texts. Items within this collection cover a wide range of subject areas including geography, philosophy, history, poetry and literature and are published in a variety of languages.

A title list for the collection is available to download.

This presentation given by Adrian Edwards, Lead Curator Printed Historical Sources, provides an overview of the selection process that shaped this digitisation.

Titles in the collection include:

Wives and daughters. An every-day story … With eighteen illustrations by George Du Maurier. volume 1 and volume 2 by Elizabeth Gaskell

The Nautical Gazetteer; or, Dictionary of maritime geography, etc. by Henry Hurst, etc.

Notes of a Two Years Residence in Italy by Hamilton Gaele

Descriptive and historical notices of some remarkable Northumbrian Castles, Churches and Antiquities, in a series of visits to the ruined Priory of Finchale, the Abbey Church of Hexham, etc. With biographical notices of eminent persons. Series 1. by William Sidney Gibson

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