This incomparable collection includes over 600,000 pages of key bibliographies for online consultation. These are not e-texts; they are scanned facsimiles of the actual books. Standard reference works, many of them long out of print, as well as other significant and hard-to-find works are included. Rarebooks.info offers a unique and unparalleled tool for researchers—students, librarians, professors, teachers, book professionals, and collectors.
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For librarians, cataloguers, and book professionals:
Find and compare descriptions from different catalogues of rare books.
Locate multiple copies of a given imprint and different dates of impression.
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Search provenance, including the armorials of important families.
Search catalogues of some famous 19th century collectors, such as James de Rothschild, Edouard Rahir, Gerard de Berney, Jerome Pichon, Hector de Backer, and Baron Double.
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Learn about the careers of specific printers and their work (Aldus Manutius, William Caxton, the Elzevier family, the Estiennes).
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Scholars will find catalogues of liturgical books (Books of Hours) and all the known editions of the Bible.
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Scholars can view at a glance the holdings of the Avery Architectural Library, search reference works on costumes and their history, and study the history of Italian wood engraving. And much more.

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