Biblissima Resources

This page lists all the resources developed and maintained by Biblissima's founding partners: digital libraries of manuscripts and early printed books, various types of catalogues and scientific databases, specialised corpora and textual editions, as well as resources that can be found in the Biblissima toolkit.

A large part of the resources listed below are intended to be integrated into the Biblissima portal, a unified access point to medieval and renaissance written cultural heritage (VIII-XVIII c.).

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BnF archives et manuscrits

This online catalogue contains records for manuscripts and other cultural heritage items that are held at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (département des Manuscrits, département des Arts du spectacle, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, etc.).

URL: http://archivesetmanuscrits.bnf.fr/

  • Old French, Arabic, Coptic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Middle French, Occitan, Syriac
  • Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern
  • Online

BnF Authority Files

Authority files for people and works with unique identifiers, produced by the BnF and also exported to the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF). These authority files will be the common denominator for all the different resources in Biblissima and will make it possible to link databases, digital image repositories and digital editions of medieval library inventories.

URL: http://catalogue.bnf.fr/noticesautorites.html

  • Online
Catalogue collectif de France

Catalogue Collectif de France (CCfr)

The Union Catalogue of France (CCFr) provides access to approximately 30 million documents held in French libraries by simultaneously querying the BnF's Catalogue générale, the University Documentation Catalogue (SUDOC), the Heritage Database (Base patrimoine) and the catalogues of major public libraries. It can also be used to locate manuscripts specifically, through the Catalogue général des manuscrits des bibliothèques publiques françaises, the Répertoire des manuscrits littéraires français du XXème siècle (PALME) and the Catalogue des Archives et manuscrits de la BnF (BAM).

URL: http://ccfr.bnf.fr/portailccfr/

  • Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern
  • Online
Europeana Regia

Europeana Regia

Europeana Regia aims to reconstruct important collections of European royal manuscripts, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, in the form of a virtual library. The project focuses on three groups of manuscripts which are currently dispersed throughout Europe: Carolingian manuscripts, manuscripts from the Library of the Louvre during the reign of Charles V and Charles VI of France, and the library of the Aragonese kings of Naples.

URL: http://www.europeanaregia.eu

  • Old French, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Middle French
  • Medieval, Renaissance
  • Library
  • Online
Gallica

Gallica

Gallica is the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France and its partners and has been online since 1997. It contains digitised manuscripts and printed books, maps, periodicals, photos and a collection of illuminations.

URL: http://gallica.bnf.fr

  • Old French, Arabic, Coptic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Middle French, Occitan, Syriac
  • Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern
  • Online

Guide to Cataloguing Bookbindings

This guide to cataloguing medieval and early modern bookbindings includes TEI schemas for describing the bindings, developed by the Réserve des livres rares at the BnF in cooperation with the École nationale des chartes. Available for anyone to use, this tool will be particularly useful for cultural heritage institutions whose collections include old books.

URL: http://outils.biblissima.fr/fr/schemas-tei-reliure/

  • Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern
  • Bookbinding
  • Describe a bookbinding
  • Online
Illustration : Charles V accueille son oncle. BnF Français 2813, f. 470

Library of Charles V and Charles VI of France

This research project, begun in 2007, is an important contribution to all studies on the library of the kings of France, and on the flourishing of libraries among the laity in general. In the final phase of the project, the inventory lists of the king's library will be digitised and published as a critical edition. Further data on the manuscripts themselves and the texts they contain will also be collected and made available.

URL: http://www.europeanaregia.eu/en/historical-collections/library-charles-v-family

  • Medieval
  • Library
  • Under development
Illustration: mandragores du Ferghana. Supplément Turc 1063, fol. 17v

Mandragore

This iconography database contains images and descriptions of illuminated manuscripts held at the BnF (département des Manuscrits and the former Bibliothèque de l'Arsenal). More than 180,000 records describe approximately 6,100 manuscripts, the earliest from Ancient Egypt and the most recent of which include modern manuscripts. Each record provides extensive information on the decor, including the textual context, as well as information about the place and date of illumination, and the name of the artist or workshop when available.

URL: http://mandragore.bnf.fr

  • Arabic, Coptic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Middle French, Occitan, Old French, Syriac
  • Medieval, Renaissance, Early Modern
  • Illumination
  • Online

Reliures.bnf.fr

This database presents an increasingly wide selection of bindings that are representative of the history of bookbinding in France. When launched in April 2013, it listed approximately 200 bindings, including many emblematic "treasures" from the collections of the Réserve des livres rares at the BnF (16th to 18th centuries).

URL: http://reliures.bnf.fr

  • Renaissance, Early Modern
  • Bookbinding
  • Online