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Web Site of the Week: Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room is a somewhat eclectic collection; it consists of about 400 digitized books contributed from libraries all over the world, including the US Library of Congress, The British Library, the American Antiquarian Society, universities as diverse as Stanford, Southern Methodist, and Oxford, as well as a few private collectors. The books were photographed at a high resolution, “in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page,” which means that viewing can be a delight. A search box is provided, but it’s also possible to select from lists of subjects (Category), Authors, and donating Library. In addition, a list of all titles can be retrieved. Once at the all-title list, however, selecting the Rare Book Room link will take visitors to the company that scanned the books, Octavo (http://www.octavo.com/ ), although the Octavo pages have not been updated since the mid-oughts. And yes, there are both Arthur Rackham- and John Tenniel-illustrated editions of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Rackham in Dutch, English, and French, and Tenniel in French, German, Hungarian, Spanish, and English. [DS]

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