Fiction and Non-Fiction collections - 16th to 20th Centuries

Welcome on our new Website and our new WEB-address - after many years at www.belser.com.

For decades, the company and its affiliates have been engaged in Preservation & Access activities with unique collections. Our methods were / are analogue technics, Digitization and non-print publishing of Artworks (Paintings), Fiction and Non-Fiction works, such as Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc. Most of the original 'physical' works were collected and preserved in non-public accessible Library collections.

Our collections comprises approx. 14,700 'Non-Print'-titles*, published in thousands of microfiches-titles on 38,300 microfiches. Each microfiche contains on average of 190 pages of the original work. Our ebook-collections spans approx. 10,000 ebook titles, containing millions of pages of the original works.

In total, we offer the contents from approx. 7,600,000 'physical' printed pages in approx. 48,000 'physical' works, originally printed and published during 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th / early 20th Centuries in various countries in Europe. These Publications were written by approx. 6,160 female / male / anon. writers and in addition by hundreds of writers in Periodicals.

In this way our Non-Print-titles preserve the rare 'physical' original works and at the same moment, offer user-friendly access into the contents of these works.

Here on our WEBsite the texts are written in English Language, in French Language and in German Language because...

...23% of our titles* are written in English Language,

...25% of the titles are written in French Language,

...52% of the titles are written in German Language, 

...some 19th Century titles - published in the USA - are written in English Language and German Language,

..187 titles are written in Latin Language,

...11 titles are written in Latin Language and in German Language.

Our 'Non-Print' - titles contains Publications from time-periods such as Baroque, French Revolution (1789 ff.), Enlightenment, Romantic Period, Victorian Period (England), Vormaerz, Biedermaier (Deutschland), 1848/49-Revolution, the second half of 19th Century and early 20th Century. 

During these 500 years many Library-collections were destroyed. However, several Libraries containing our 'physical' titles, were / are owned privately. These collections survived over Centuries and often without public access to these collections.

Unfortunately, many Books / Pamphlets / Periodicals of the 19th & early 20th Centuries are 'physically' in a bad shape: dampness, mould, water stains, chemical paper-additives, printing-ink etc., all are negative reasons why the originals are damaged or even bridled. This means, there was / is an urgent need for a 'Substitute-Media' on 'long term archival media' (microfiches / microfilms). At the same moment there is also a need for userfriendly digital access into ebooks containing such Intellectual Heritage.

Our ebooks have been carefully produced and published as an exact replica of the old 'physical' printed books. The digital pages appear in the same font, same design and same layout as the originals. Furthermore, many ebooks have full text searchable functions within the 'old' texts. The ebooks are organised / structured regarding today user's expectations towards a publication.

The ebooks offer exciting new options to do research in these texts, in a way as it was not thinkable before.

From a technical and 'licensing' point of view, Universities and University Libraries have different options to acquire ebook collections...

...some digital collections are available for usage in standalone units only,

...other digital collections are available for downloading onto a University's digital server, thus providing online access by authorized University-users, either within a defined University network or within a defined  University-Consortia - network etc.,

...other digital collection's are available through online access.

The titles in our collections have been selected and / or subject-categorized by Scholars and University-Librarians in Europe and the USA,

Electronic Bibliographic Records for our microfiches-titles and ebook-titles are available, formaly and subject - catalogued by University-Librarians in Europe and USA.

There are no title-duplications, neither in each collections nor in-between them.

Our titles serves University Libraries  for collection purposes (for Preservation of own collections), and / or Academic Institutions / Faculties for research projects and lecture purposes.

 

Additional comments: 

*quantities of titles, writers, pages, genres, sections, sets, collections, media etc. can be changed from us without prior notice;

the wording 'title' means 'Bibliographic record', meaning one title could contain the content from one ‘physical’ printed volume; it could also mean that one 'title' contains the contents from several ‘physical’ printed volumes ('Three deckers'), depending on the original work(s).

Last update: 10 July 2021

 

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