28 March 2012

400 rare early scientific and medical texts from the Wellcome Library

We now have free access to 400 digitised rare early texts from the Wellcome Library, which trace the history of science and medicine from the 15th-17th centuries.

These texts have been added to ProQuest’s Early European Books (EEB) database, which traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins to the end of the 17th century.

Content ranges from anatomy and botany to witchcraft and the occult - and includes The Secrets of Alexis of Piedmont (1555), an Italian physician and alchemist; books of prodigies such as Pierre Boaistuau’s Histoires prodigieuses (1568), an illustrated catalogue of monsters, demons, deformities, natural disasters and miraculous events; texts on books on falconry, military machinery, plants of the New World, etc.

The Wellcome Library is one of several major national repositories to have provided content for Early European Books.  Also included in EEB are important works from the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence and the National Library of the Netherlands.

Links to the individual titles are being added to SAULCAT.

NB: more than 15,000 rare books from the Wellcome Library collection, published between 1485-1700, will be digitised by ProQuest over the coming years, and made available to us as full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images

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