Promoting Europe's cultural heritage in manuscript and print
CERL seeks to share resources and expertise between research libraries with a view to improving access to, as well as exploitation and preservation of the European printed heritage in the hand-press period (up to c. 1830). The organisation was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries in many European countries and legally came into being in June 1994. Welcome to our site.
The Heritage of the Printed Book in Europe, c. 1455 - c. 1830. A database of records from major European and North American research libraries.
Multi-lingual information about names of persons and places found in catalogues of books of the hand-press period.
Cross-searching of catalogues of European manuscript materials, with the option to search selected early-printed books databases.
Material Evidence in Incunabula
MEI is a database designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th century printed books.
Find out about CERL's networks, projects and collaborative working groups.
Seminars and Workshops
The Consortium holds annual international seminars and regular regional and national workshops.
Can You Help? for provenance queries. Bibliography of provenance sources. Records for book owners in the CERL Thesaurus.
This site is archived as part of the initiative of the UK Web Archiving Consortium
CERL in a Venn diagram
An overview of all CERL activities and services, and their users. Click here...
A new interface for the HPB database
The migration of the HPB from OCLC to VZG/GBV at Göttingen is succesfully completed. The HPB is now presented through a new interface, and offers new, specialist, indexes, such as a provenance index. CERL members have been sent login instructions and are invited to submit IP addresses/ranges to set up access through IP recognition. The URL for the new HPB is http://hpb.cerl.org.
Illustrating the Early Printed Book
Hes & De Graaf Publishers, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and the Dutch Book Historical Society (NBV) organised a conference on 12 April 2013 on the occasion of the publication of the long awaited revised edition of Ina Kok’s Woodcuts in Incunabula printed in the Low Countries.
Download CERL Papers I to III for free
CERL Annual Seminar, The British Library, 30 October 2012
The PowerPoint presentations given at the Annual Seminar on Accessing heritage research collections through digitisation: models and use are now available here.
Over the years, Eric White, Curator of Special Collections, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, has been gathering data on the edition size, or print-run, of incunabula, a notoriously elusive subject. He has kindly agreed to make the c.280 records available to the wider community via CERL.
Powerpoint presentation on the Heritage of the Printed Book database
Jana Hentschke presented the latest HPB developments and data loads to colleagues during a Workshop on Tools for Provenance and Bibliographical Research, at Glasgow University Library on 24 November last year. Her powerpoint presentation is now available.
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