Contents - originally published during 16th - 20th Centuries

The Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski mentioned 40 years ago "We learn History not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are". In this understanding we welcome you 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 Microfilming, Digitization and Electronic Publishing of contents in Artworks and in printed materials, such as Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc. Most of these cultural materials were collected in non-public accessible Archives and Libraries or similar Institutions.

We introduced additional information regarding our unique Fiction- and Non-Fiction-Collections comprising approx. 14,700 'Non-Print'-titles*, published as microfiches-titles on 38,300 microfiches (each microfiche contains on average of 190 pages) and in thousands of ebooks.

These 'new media' covers the content of approx. 7,600,000 printed 'physical' pages in approx. 48,000 'physical' Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc.

The titles were published / printed in Europe and the USA during 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th  and early 20th Centuries. 

The titles were written by approx. 6,160 female / male / anon. authors. And in addition by hundreds of writers whose work was published in Periodicals.

Our Non-Print-titles preserve the often rare 'physical' original works, offering user-friendly access into the valuable Intellectual Heritage. Otherwise it would be difficult or even impossible, to get access to the content in these titles or collections.

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

...23% of our 'new media' - titles* are in English Language,

...25% of these titles are in French Language,

...52% of these titles are in German Language, 

...187 titles were published in Latin Language and 11 titles were published in Latin Language together with texts in German Language.

Originally the 'physical' Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals were published in various countries in Europe during the 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th & early 20th Centuries.

Some 19th Century titles were published in English Language and German Language in the USA.

Our publications covers different time periods such as Baroque, French Revolution (1789 ff.), Enlightenment, Romantic Period, Victorian Period (England), Vormaerz, Biedermaier, 1848/49-Revolution, second half of 19th Century and early 20th Century. Some German language titles were published during WWI; only a few titles were published after the year 1930. During these nearly 500 many Archive- and Library-collections were destroyed. 

Most of the Libraries containing our 'physical' titles, were / still are owned privately. And because of that and other lucky circumstances, these Library-collections survived in some cases over Centuries, however there was / there is no public access to these Libraries.

Unfortunately, many Books / Pamphlets / Periodicals of the 19th & early 20th Centuries are 'physically' in bad shape: dampness, chemical paper-additives and / or printing-ink are some reasons, why the original-pages are 'bridled' ("Saeurefrass"). There is an urgent need for 'Substitute-Media'-Publications on microfiches or digitally in ebook. in this way providing to Librarians and Scholars user-friendly access to the valuable Intellectual Heritage - and at the same time preserving the valuable originals works.

Our ebooks have been carfully published with the texts from old 'physical' works, they are an exact reproduction, they appear in the same font, same design and same layout. Furthermore - and depending on the publication's language - many ebooks have fulltext searchable functions into the 'old' text. And the ebooks are organised / strutured regarding today user's expectations.

In this way, the ebooks offer new exciting options to do research in a way as it was not possible before.

From a 'technical' / 'licensed' point of view, we offer to Universities and UniversityLibraries different Licencing-options for access / acquire the ebook-collections...

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

...other digital collections are available for downloading onto a University's digital server, thus providing online access through the University for authorized University-users within a defined University network (LAN) or within an University-Consortia - network,

...other digital collection's accesses are available through our partners.

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 were catalogued by University-Librarians in Europe and USA;

electronic Bibliographic Records are available.

There are no title-duplications in each of our collections or sections and / or in-between each of them.

Most of our customers are University-Libraries for collections purposes and / or Academic Institutions / Faculties  for research projects and teaching purposes.

 

Additional comments: 

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

the wording 'title' means 'Bibliographic record', meaning one title contains the content from at least one ‘physical’ printed volume, in many cases from several ‘physical’ volumes - depending on the original work;

to enhance fluent reading on this Website, our wording 'writers' / 'authors' / 'Autoren' / 'auteurs'  etc. means female writers / male writers / anon. writers;

Last update: 03 March 2021

 

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