Rare Book Room

The “Rare Book Room” site has been constructed as an educational site intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.

Over the last decade, a company called “Octavo” digitally photographed some of the world ‘s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page).

This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.

I enjoyed looking at Poor Richard’s Almanac and reading about a Rattlesnake Herb that was believed to used to cure the bite of a rattlesnake.  You can explore many other old books by visiting the Rare Book Room.

—Mary Nix

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