University of Leicester eBulletin

Rare Books Online

November 2002
No 255

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.

They can be viewed on the website :

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information on the University of Leicester Rare Book Collection is available from Anne Hunt, University of Leicester Library, telephone 0116 252 5156, email

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