Rare Books Online
Rare books dating back to the 15th
century are now accessible online, thanks to a University of Leicester Library
project that has recently been completed.
Some of the books that are now available
to the public online include a unique collection of approximately 300 Bibles
dating from the 15th to 20th centuries, a near perfect copy of the Nuremberg
Chronicle, by Hartmann Schedel, which tells the story of the known world
beginning with the Creation, blending biblical with classical narratives, dated
1493, and a ten-volume set of John Sibthorpís Flora Graeca in its original binding.
The project, funded by the Research
Support Libraries Programme, has re-catalogued 15,500 items, enabling all the
University Libraryís rare and valuable monographs to be available for
searching via the Web.
These include publications before 1850
and others identified as valuable or vulnerable regardless of their publication
date. Periodicals are not yet included.
The University of Leicester Rare Books
Collection is housed in a secure Special Collections Room, and books can be
viewed by appointment in the Special Collections Reading Room. Applications
should be made to the Special Collections Stack Desk on the lower ground floor
of the University Library.
can be viewed on the website : http://www.le.ac.uk/li/sources/subject1/specol/index.html
NOTE TO EDITORS:
on the University of Leicester Rare Book Collection is available from Anne Hunt,
University of Leicester Library, telephone 0116 252 5156, email email@example.com
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