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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Esprit des livres

This database indexes pre-nineteenth century catalogues for the sale of books, which are currently held in French libraries. Book sale catalogues are an essential source of information for the study of private libraries, yet they are not well-known to those who specialise in old collections of manuscripts.

URL: http://elec.enc.sorbonne.fr/cataloguevente/

  • Medieval, Early Modern
  • Library
  • 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

Miroir des classiques

This index, begun in 2005, lists the French and Occitan translations of classic Latin and Greek texts. All the different translations and any reworkings of a given text are listed under the original title of the source text. For each translation, there are descriptions of the manuscripts and early printed books in which it can be found.

URL: http://elec.enc.sorbonne.fr/miroir/

  • Old French, Greek, Latin, Middle French, Occitan
  • Medieval, Renaissance
  • Online

Theleme

Techniques pour l’Historien en Ligne : Etudes, Manuels, Exercices. This portal provides access to a number of educational tools (studies, manuals, exercises) designed to be an introduction for students and a wider audience to the different scientific methods and techniques used in historical research.

URL: http://theleme.enc.sorbonne.fr/

  • Latin, Middle French, Occitan, Old French
  • Medieval, Early Modern
  • Decipher an old script / Edit an early text / Transcribe an early text
  • Online