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Rare Books

    * Lots of information at the ABAA booknet/R.M. Harris Ltd Antiquarian Booksellers of America Association
    * For information and discussion, you can join the EXLIBRIS: Rare Books and Special Collections Forum mailing list by sending a message to LISTPROC@LIBRARY.BERKELEY.EDU with a one line message:
    SUBSCRIBE EXLIBRIS [yourfirstname yourlastname, institution]
    * Another source of information, and home of a mailing list, is SHARP Web: the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing.
    * A mailing list for European book collectors, antiquarians and librarians: Antiqbook. Non-Europeans are welcome too, of course!
    * The Bibliophile Home Page is the place to buy and sell, mainly for US and English books; lots of information too.
    * Book Arts Press, sponsor of an annual summer institute at the University of Virginia called Rare Book School (RBS). RBS offers courses on the history of the book, book collecting, and such specialist subjects as the history of paper, type, book illustration, and bookbinbinding.
    * Documents on book conservation: Conservation OnLine
    * The Vatican Library is a part of the Library of Congress Vatican Exhibit. There are more interesting exhibitions there. The Humanism section also shows manuscripts and books.
    * ARTFL Project ( Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language) shows information on some importatnt French books, like Diderot et d'Alembert's Encyclopédie and revolutionary pamphlets
    * Special Collections Resources on the Web by Andrea Bean Hough at the University of Houston and Library and Archives Exhibits on the World Wide Web by Carole Prietto, Washington University in St. Louis, are two excellent guides.
    * On American Library Association's Rare Books and Manuscripts section you'll find information about the great(!) activity of librarians on the Web
    * The University of Idaho presents a comprehensive list of WWW pages on Rare Books and Special Collections in libraries all over the world
    * A hundred highlights from the Koninklijke Bibliotheek A fine exposition from the Dutch national library
    * Les très riches heures du Duc de Berry: Nice images of the calendar pages
    * Medieval Manuscript Pages from the Bodleian Library
    * The editions of the Chevalier de la Charrette (Lancelot) manuscripts are studied at the Université de Nantes. The Charrette Project at the Department of Romance Languages, Princeton University presents the Uitti edition.
    * Inventory-catalogue of the drawings in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan at the University of Notre Dame. A bit outside the scope of this page, but you should see this: fully documented - many downloadable images.
    * DScriptorium: Digital images of Medieval manuscripts. Lots of images from:
      * Spalding University Rare Books: Book of Hours Illuminated for the Daughter of Francis I
      * manuscripts in the University of Kentucky Special Collections Library
      * Besançon, Bibliothèque Municipale ms. [M] 579: Mystere dou jour dou jugement

    * Loyola University has an interesting book exposition on Jesuits and the Sciences: 1540-1995
    * Oxford Early Printed Books Project: an inventory of early books in Oxford (non-Bodleian) libraries
    * Argos is a selective database that lets you find anything significant on the Web in the field of Ancient and Medieval Studies
    * Cary Graphic Arts Collection, a special library collection on the history of printing. A wonderful presentation of information and beautiful pictures!

Book Arts & Fine Printing

I collected sites that offer possibilities to learn about older books: book history, the making of books, conservating and collecting them, etc. All of these sites offer a lot of information, and some are among the finest you can find on the WWW.

A book page:

Part of a page from a late 15th-century Dutch Book of Hours at Cary Graphic Arts Collection. See the full size image there!

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