Early European Books EEB - Database Is a Goldmine for the History of Science


Early European Books provides scholars with new ways of accessing and exploring all works printed in Europe before 1701. Developed and produced in close collaboration with scholars, rare book librarians, bibliographers, and other experts from the library world, this resource opens the door to some of the world's most significant holdings of early printed books.

Early European Books offers full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources from the collections of The Wellcome Library, The Royal Danish Library, The National Library of the Netherlands, The National Library of France and The National Central Library of Florence. Each item in the collection is captured in its entirety, complete with its binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages, and any loose inserts, providing scholars with a wealth of information about the physical characteristics and provenance histories of the original artefacts.

Detailed descriptive bibliographic metadata accompanies each set of facsimile Document Images to support browsing and searching. Users of Early European Books are also provided with functionality that allows them to pinpoint particular images containing manuscript annotation and various kinds of non-textual printed matter including illustrations and maps.

ProQuest and USTC have been partners since the inception of the Early European Books project. Users of Early European Books will find that the bibliographic metadata for many items in the collection includes a USTC number in the Bibliographic Number field. More recently, the USTC have reviewed and standardized the Early European Books dataset for Collections 1–8 on the following field: Place of publication, Language, Date of publication, Country. USTC subject classifications have been added, providing a new, fully searchable component to the product.

The collaborative project by members of the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL), the CERL Thesaurus contains forms of imprint places, imprint names, personal names and corporate names found in Early Modern printed books, including variant spellings, forms in Latin and other languages, and pseudonyms. The Thesaurus has been integrated into the search feature of Early European Books, allowing users to search for modern forms of city names in a variety of languages (Venezia, Venice, Venedig) and return hits for historical and Latin variants, or search for personal names such as Virgil and retrieve hits for 'Virgilius Maro, Publius' or 'Vergilio'.

For futher information and guidance, please visit Guide to ProQuest Primary Sources

Turku university library has EEB collections 1,2,3,9,10,12,13 until the end of  2022. You can access Early European Books database via Volter library database.


Created 20.04.2021 | Updated 27.04.2021