Wellcome Library and ProQuest to digitise early European books

15,000 of the Wellcome Library's rare book collection to be made available through ProQuest's Early European Books database.

ProQuest's new Early European Books (EEB) database joins the established Early English Books Online and sets out to map the history of printing in continental Europe to 1700.

The Wellcome collection includes rare texts on a range of subjects and includes the first edition of De humani corporis fabrica (1543), and Hartmann Schedel's Liber chronicarum (‘The Nuremberg Chronicle', 1493), which was formerly owned by the artist William Morris.

ProQuest is part-funding the project and will make the collection freely available to UK users and users in the HINARI group of developing countries. In addition Wellcome Library members around the world will receive free access to the collection and 10% of the collection will be made freely available via Wellcome's Digital Library portal.

Other European libraries featured include Copenhagen's Kongelige Bibliotek and the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze.

More information available on the Wellcome Library website.