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  • Format: Full Image
  • Media: Electronic/Online
  • Coverage Dates: 1450-1700
  • z3950 Enabled: true
  • Sources Covered: 18,000 books, 4.9 million pages
  • MARC Records: Yes
  • COUNTER compliant: Yes
  • Athens enabled: Yes
  • Subject Area: Yes

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Early European Books provides the most comprehensive digitized collection of rare books and incunabula available anywhere online. Over 30,000 works are currently included, with new titles added regularly. No other online source offers early modernists such a wide survey of the print output of Europe from 1450-1700, removing the need for lengthy research trips and saving valuable travel time and budget.

Early European Books offers users a research experience as close as possible to actually being with the book. Researchers can see every page and feature rendered on screen in fine, crisp images. Meticulous indexing and specialist search fields ensure relevant results are returned each time.

ProQuest is building Early European Books in partnership with major European libraries including the National Library of France, the National Library of Florence, the National Library of the Netherlands, the Wellcome Library, London, and the Royal Library, Denmark, with more libraries set to join the program.

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Advances early modern scholarship

Extends research beyond established resources like Early English Books Online by enabling an international exploration of life and culture in the early modern period through essential primary sources.

Supports multiple disciplines

From alchemy, early medicine, science, and botany to art, philosophy, poetry, and theology, this treasure trove of source material makes a wise investment for libraries looking for interdisciplinary coverage.

Saves researchers time and travel budget

Rich metadata allows pinpoint searching – books can be reviewed quickly for relevance, then easily stored and shared using efficient workflow tools. Extended research trips to faraway library archives become a thing of the past.


Collection development

If you don’t have a rare book room, build one online; the number and nature of the titles in Early European Books rival the physical collections of even the most prestigious libraries.


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