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Between 1617 and 1649, the Elsevier publishing dynasty, renowned throughout early modern Europe, published a series of small, inexpensive volumes on the history and geography of individual nations and regions of the Eastern Hemisphere. They are popularly called Republics. Collectively, the Republics provide a unique look at the world as it was known to 17th-century Europeans. While the content of each edition varies, a typical volume contains an outline of the land's history, a description of the climate and topography, and discussions of laws, government, heads of state, monetary system, and demography. The UPA microfiche file contains the full Latin texts of all 35 authentic original volumes. For historians, the Republics provides valuable insights into early modern Europe's knowledge of history and geography. As examples of fine 17th-century Dutch printing, these volumes are important resources for students of the history of books and printing.

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