Princeton University Library Digital Collections
The Princeton University Library Digital Collections consists of "numerous efforts to digitize research information, for the purpose of preservation and to enhance access. The web site chronicles these projects and provides a way to search the Library's Digital Collections." The scope of what can be searched within these collections will expand over time. The list of digital sources available for the History of Europe are -at the moment, April 2010- the following:
  • Blickling homilies: A composite manuscript consisting of three distinct parts. The main part consists of eighteen homilies in Anglo-Saxon for Sundays and Saints' days from the feast of the Annunciation to that of St. Andrew. Nine preliminary leaves contain a Sarum Kalendar for use at Lincoln (15th century) and sequences of the Gospels (16th century), both in Latin.
  • English Restoration plays, poetry and other works: Autograph manuscript in two unknown hands. Libertine works; prose orations; political and satirical texts by Marvell, Oldham, and Rochester; love poems by Crashaw, Etheredge, and Sedley. May have originated as distinct books that were bound into a single volume, each book separated by blank leaves. The manuscript was put together by an unknown compiler between 1670 and 1680.
  • Falda Publications: The Falda publications include the titles Villa Pamphilia, Il nvovo teatro delle fabriche, et edificii..., Li giardini di Roma ..., and Le fontane di Roma nelle piazze e lvoghi pvblici della città and Palazzi di Roma..., as well as a map. The 5 volumes consist of illustrations of various features of Rome. All are works of the Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Falda (ca. 1640-1678).
  • Gillray collection: The English illustrator, James Gillray (1756-1815), was the leading force in what has become known as the golden age of English caricature, approximately 1770 to 1820. Gillray chronicled and ridiculed the politicians and ruling class of his day, in spectacularly colored prints. This graphic arts collection includes nearly 313 prints, all given by Dickson Q. Brown, class of 1895.
  • Handel: James S. Hall collection of George Frideric Handel: The James S. Hall Collection of George Frideric Handel provides rich documentation of the history of performing the music of George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), including manuscripts copied during Handel’s lifetime, performance materials originating in the decades following Handel’s death, documents of 19th-century commemorative festivals in England, and memorabilia.
  • Histoire Naturelle de Mre Francis Bacon, and L'Atlas Nouveau: Francis Bacon's Sylva Sylvarum, and an edited translation of New Atlantis (called, in the translation, Nouvel Atlas), both supplemented by prefaces of the translator and a Life of Bacon that is, probably, the first ever to appear in print. Little is known about the translator, Pierre Amboise, apart from what he says about himself in the preface and the dedicatory letter.
  • Hogenberg: Franz and Abraham Hogenberg engravings: Bruce Willsie, class of 1986, donated this collection of 155 engravings from the Geschichtsblätter (History Sheets) published between 1570 and 1610 by the Cologne printmakers and publishers Franz Hogenberg and his son Abraham. The theme is the Eighty Years War (1568–1648), also known as the Dutch Revolt.
  • Il regno tutto di Candia: This work was published in Venice in 1651, three years after the Ottomans first tried to occupy the island of Crete, Venice's last important trading foothold in the eastern Mediterreanean. Intended to raise European and Papal support for the Venetian defense of Crete, the carefully engraved maps show exquisite craftsmanship.
  • Ivan Susanin: Polnoe sobranie sochinenii [the complete works] of Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka was published in Moscow in 1950s and 60s, under the editorship of Dmitri Shostakovich. The edition was limited, and the volumes are no longer in print. Vol.12 (A, B, and Supplement) shown here is the score of the opera Ivan Susanin, composed in 1836 under the title A Life for the Tsar [Zhizn' za Tsarya].
  • Jackson chiaroscuro prints: Titiani Vecelii, a monument in eighteenth-century printing, includes chiaroscuro woodcuts created by the British artist John Baptist Jackson. The prints are reproductions of seventeen great Venetian paintings depicting scenes from the Bible. Jackson revived the printing technique of dividing the design between several blocks, each printed in a different color.
  • Krafft: Plans, coupes, elevations des plus belles maisons et des hotels construits à Paris et dans les environs (vol. 1): Austrian-born Jean-Charles Krafft (1764-1833) is remembered for his detailed documentation of “the most elegant” French neoclassical buildings. Krafft verified particulars through correspondence with architects and on-site drawings. Each building is shown to scale in elevation, plan and section. Annotations give architect and building name, location, date, and room functions.
  • Nanteuil: Robert Nanteuil Collection: In 1966, collector and Francophile John Douglas Gordon, class of 1905, donated a collection of 134 engravings by Robert Nanteuil 1623-1678) to Firestone Library's Graphic Arts collection in memory of his wife, Janet Munday Gordon. Nanteuil was Royal Engraver to Louis XIV and the outstanding portraitist of his age.
  • Organon: Princeton MS. 173 is a late 13th-century Byzantine manuscript from Constantinople containing Aristotle’s Organon (De interpretatione, Analytica priora, Analytica posteriora, and Topica), accompanied by diagrams and other textual materials. Of primary interest to scholars are the extensive marginal scholia and interlinear glosses in the manuscript.
  • Prospetto d[ell']alma città di Roma visto dal Monte Gianicolo: Panoramic view of Rome inscribed with an "Indice delle cose notabili diviso in otto giornate" listing 390 monuments and sites. The numbering corresponds to that in a guidebook which Vasi also published in 1765: Indice istorico del gran prospetto di Roma.
  • Scheide Library: Fifteenth-Century Printing: The Scheide Library, deposited in Princeton University Library, is one of the world's premier collections of earliest European printing. A number of these, including unique fragments, have been digitized.
  • Six ethnographical maps: These ethnographical maps, assembled and published as an atlas in 1861, provide users with a view of the distribution of races and the physical history of mankind from the major continents of the day, and indicate the movement of cultures native to these continents over time. Represented are maps of Asian, African, European, North American, South American, and Oceanic peoples.
  • Willats scrapbook: An album compiled from about 1845 onwards by Richard Willats, a manufacturer and dealer in photographic supplies, located at 98 Cheapside and Ironmonger Lane, London. It contains over 300 of the earliest paper photographs ever created, along with a selection of autographs from authors, authors, and politicians.

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