Elsevier Launches Online Catalogue of Two Thousand 16 - 18th Century Books from the Original Elzevier Publishing House

By Elsevier, PRNE
Monday, July 4, 2011

NEW YORK, July 5, 2011 -


- Valuable Antiquarian Resource now Accessible
to Scholars Around the World

Elsevier announced today the launch of an online catalogue of
the href="www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/EHC_Landing">Elsevier
Heritage Collection, comprising over 2,000 rare books with more
than 1,000 distinct titles published by the original Elzevier
publishing house from 1580 to 1712. Based in the Netherlands and
closely tied to the University of Leiden, the original company
published groundbreaking work from contemporary scholars including
Descartes, Huygens and Galileo. Elsevier, the modern publisher was
named after the original firm when it was founded in 1880 as a
tribute to the publishing achievements of the Elzeviers.

The online short title href="www.elsevierheritagecollection.org/">scholarly
catalogue was created with the expertise of curatorial
consultant and digital librarian Donna Sy. Nearly 2,000 documentary
photographs will accompany the online catalogue, illustrating the
beauty and fine craftsmanship of many of the book bindings in the

“It’s been a privilege to work with the Elsevier Heritage
Collection.  When we first created a catalog for local use in
2009, our hope was that we would eventually be able to bring it
online, and that day has finally come. Since every book in the
Collection is in many aspects unique, I hope that the online
catalog will serve as a starting point for scholars to make
exciting new discoveries in the Collection.”

“As the stewards of the Elsevier Heritage Collection, it is our
obligation-and pleasure - to ensure that the Collection can be
fully appreciated and readily accessible for scholars to research.
The Collection represents a tangible connection to a great
publishing past and reminds us of the partnerships forged by
publishers with the great minds of the Renaissance,” said David
, Senior Vice President of Global Communications.

Notes to Editors

Please contact href="mailto:y.schemm@elsevier.com">y.schemm@elsevier.com to
arrange an interview with Donna Sy or David Ruth. Donna Sy has been
working with the Elsevier Heritage Collection since 2007 as a
cataloger and digital curator.  She holds a B.S. in Biological
Sciences and an A.B. in Classics from Stanford University, an M.A.
in Latin from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A.
in History from Princeton University.

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