Site of the Week: Rare Book Room

If you know of any useful websites or perhaps run one yourself, feel free to recommend it. If I find your site suitable for my weekly feature then I will do my utmost to accommodate it. In return I might merely ask that you link to my blog. But please (and I mean this in the politest possible terms) do not ask me to advertise your commercial service.

This is perhaps one of the most amazing sites ever invented. A company called “Octavo” have over the course of a decade taken vhq images of first edition books by the likes of Shakespeare, Galileo, Copernicus, Aesop, Chaucer and many more… the sort of books you would need to go to the Bodleian Library to see and would only get to see by appointment and special permission… and put them on a website.

Rare Book Room is the current result of their efforts. With over 400 works currently online, you can view them at your own leisure without having to travel, book an appointment. And what’s more, they are available at no cost and without having to sign up for a membership.



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