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Online: Great Books Lists - Great Books Index - Rare Book Room - Forgotten books - Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library - Book History Online - WBB
Published on 17 Dec. 2009

Great Books Lists

Milestones in the history of mankind: “Matthew Arnold called the Great Books, or the classics, ‘the best that has been thought and known in the world’. Ezra Pound called them ‘news that stays news’. These are the books that continue to be read in times, places, and cultures far removed from those in which they were written. Since these works of literature, history, philosophy, etc. have had so much to say to so many different people, they probably have something to say to our generation as well.”

Great Books Index

An index to Great Books online, from Aeschylos to Schroedinger (and his cat) to Wittgenstein: English translations only.

Rare Book Room

A virtual reading room with shelves full of world literature: Shakespeare’s dramas, Benjamin Franklin’s works, Redouté’s roses, a Book of Hours, Galileo, Copernikus, and the fishes of Louis Renard: all digitalized in high resolution.

Forgotten books

What you’ve always wanted to know and never found in a library: hidden knowledge in forgotten books, especially historical writings, such as: classical fiction, philosophy, science, religion, folklore, mythology and sacred texts, in addition to secret and esoteric subjects, occult, freemasonry, alchemy, hermetic and ancient knowledge - from antiquity to the present day.

Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library

The Munich Digitisation Centre (MDZ) handles the digitisation and online publication of the cultural heritage preserved by the Bavarian State Library and by other institutions. It provides one of the largest and fastest growing digital collections in Germany, now comprising 148,774 titles available online. Access is free of charge!

Book History Online

An international bibliography of the history of the printing and the history of libraries, designed, managed, maintained and published by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands, in co-operation with national committees in countries all over the world. It is based on the Annual Bibliography of the History of the printed Book and Libraries (ABHB), an annual book publication in collaboration with editors in more than 30 countries.


Bibliography of the History of Printing in Germany 1840 - 1980, published by the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel (Germany) which is famous for its collection of 17th and 18th century printings. The library was founded by Herzog August (1579-1666), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Gotthold Ephraim Lessing were librarians in Wolfenbüttel.

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