Book Sales Catalogues Online – Book Auctioning in the Dutch Republic, ca. 1500-ca. 1800

Trial access is now available to Book Sales Catalogues Online – Book Auctioning in the Dutch Republic, ca. 1500-ca. 1800 via the following URL:

The access is available for review from today until 2 August 2019.

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Book Sales Catalogues Online offers a comprehensive bibliography of book sales catalogues printed in the Dutch Republic before 1801, providing full access to some 4,000 digital facsimiles from ca. 50 libraries across Europe. The catalogues contain information on books from all over Europe in various languages, such as Dutch, French, and Latin.

Nederlands: Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden in 1610 van Woudanus. 

Early English Books Online is migrating to new ProQuest Platform

ProQuest has provided Early English Books Online (EEBO) on the Chadwyck-Healey interface for many years, but from summar 2019 will be migrating EEBO to the new ProQuest platform.

EEBO will become cross-searchable with the other resources on the ProQuest platform, for example Early European Books, Literature Online (LION) and ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT).

Other advantages will be improved downloading times and easy integration into workflows, enabling citing and saving, plus a better display experience for different user devices.

The Chadwyck-Healey access will continue to end of 2019.  There is more information for librarians about this move here, where you can sign up to updates, and a LibGuide on EEBO is available here.

Early English Books Online is available from the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z here:


Trial access: Manuel du Libraire, Brunet

Trial access is available up to 31 October 2018 to the Manuel du Libraire, Brunet from Classiques Garnier Numerique via this link.

The Manuel du Libraire is the most comprehensive and celebrated of the universal bibliographies published between the sixteenth and nineteenth century. The Manuel went through five editions between 1810 and 1860. According to L.N Malclès, writing in his Sources du travail bibliographique, the Manual is a ‘selective universal’ bibliography, a list of every book, or carefully selected books, printed all over the world and on all subjects.

This Manual, which Brunet spent some sixty years working on and perfecting, is a bibliography of the most outstanding works of his age, from the point of view of content as well as presentation, in all languages, on all subjects, and from all countries: Brunet, an erudite bookseller, selected works for their rarity, value, and perfection, considering the full range of texts published since the birth of the printing press.

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Trial access to Literary Print Culture

Cambridge University Library has enabled trial access to Literary Print Culture: The Stationers’ Company Archive, 1554-2007.  This resource, of interest to the study of the history of printing, publishing and bookselling, is available via the following link up to 1 November 2017:

Sourced from the archive of The Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, located at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London, Literary Print Culture allows access to a vast and unique collection of primary source documents.

The collection is widely regarded as one of the most important primary sources for studying the history of the book as well as publishing history, the history of copyright and the workings of an early London Livery Company. Explore the variety of documents to uncover the story of the role the Stationers’ Company played in the history of the book trade.

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Historical Texts trial

Trial access is now enabled to the Historical Texts platform until 31 May 2017 via the following link:

Historical Texts brings together Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection.

Via this platform is also included the UK Medical Heritage Library collection (UKMHL) which is Open Access and accessible here.

The main purpose of this trial is to review the appropriateness of the platform for Cambridge users.  An overview of the collections included in the platform can be found here.  Note that Cambridge currently has access to EEBO and ECCO on separate (publisher) platforms, but not to the British Library 19th Century collection.

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Codices Vossiani Latini Online

Cambridge University Library is delighted to announce the purchase of the Codices Vossiani Latini Online resource which is now accessible here.

The Codices Vossiani Latini Online publishes all 363 codices which form the world-famous Latin part of Isaac Vossius’ manuscript collection held at Leiden University Library. The Codices Vossiani Latini count a large number of early medieval manuscripts (76 Carolingian manuscripts dating from before 900), including major sources of many classic texts. Famous are the oldest sources of Lucretius’ De natura rerum, of Cicero’s philosophical works, and the earliest manuscript of Plinius’ Historia naturalis known to be produced north of the Alps (Northumbria, eighth century). Other highlights include an illustrated herbal from around 600 and the Aratea, an astronomical treatise from around 840, manufactured at the court of Louis the Pious with 39 beautiful miniatures of the constellations. A large part of the research done by foreign scholars on Western manuscripts at Leiden University Library focuses on the Vossiani Latini.

Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) was a classical philologist and collector of manuscripts, maps, atlases and printed works. Vossius was born in 1618 as the son of the humanist Gerard Johannes Vossius (1577-1649). In 1648, Isaac started to work as a scholar for Queen Christina of Sweden. After he had sold the famous library of his father to Christina in 1649, Vossius was appointed court librarian a year later, with the task of expanding and cataloguing the library. After a stay of eighteen months in the Republic, partly forced, Vossius returned to Sweden in 1653, where he found his own book collection and the court library in great disarray. When Christina abdicated in 1654, a large part of her library was shipped to Rome. A part of the manuscripts and printed books was, however, taken from Christina’s library by Vossius as compensation for late payments, and for the loss of his own books. At the end of his life Vossius bequeathed his library to the children of his brother Matthaeus.

When negotiations with Oxford University had come to nothing, the heirs accepted an offer from the curators in 1690 to buy the collection for 33,000 guilders on behalf of Leiden University Library. The purchase of the Vossius library caused financial difficulties for Leiden University, but to its library it brought international fame. Especially the manuscripts proved to be of invaluable worth. The purchase of the Vossius library doubled the collection of Leiden University to c. 9,500 books. Doubles were removed from the printed books and these were auctioned in 1706. After ex libris slips had been attached to all title pages, the books were distributed over the existing collection which was grouped according to size and to subject. The manuscripts from Vossius (over 700 items) were always kept separately.

The 363 codices in all comprise 40,278 openings, resulting in 84,266 images, including covers and flyleaves.

The manuscript collection is enriched by detailed information drawn from by K. A. de Meyier’s catalogues of the codices, providing users, both students and researchers, with essential information on the content, context, and physical appearance of each codex.

The Codices are linked from the eresources Rare Books page and the Cambridge LibGuides Databases A-Z.

Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fair Catalogues online

Trial access is now available until February 9th to Frankfurt and Leipzig Book Fair Catalogues online

Book-trade catalogues, generally referred to as book fair catalogues, offer a unique overview of German – and in many respects European – book production over a period of nearly 300 years (1594-1860). This form of information, originally intended for the contemporary book trade, today forms an important and comprehensive historical bibliography of the period.

Developed in the 16th century, the book fair catalogues for the Spring or Easter and Autumn or Michaelmas Fairs provided the widest possible overview of the books on offer during this period. Only when other sources of information began to take their place did they cease publication in 1860.

The digitisation is based on the microfilming of the book fair catalogues from 1594 onwards. To bring the various and astonishingly scattered holdings of different libraries together and create an almost complete run was a major editorial achievement. There were only a few years during the Thirty Years’ War when no catalogues are known to have appeared.

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