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, especially in Archives and Libraries. The approaches included analogue technics / Digitization where adequate, followed by non-print publications with Artworks (Paintings) and with Fictions or Non-Fictions, showing the content pages from printed historical Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc.

Many of these original 'physical' works were collected and preserved in non-public accessible Library collections.

Our Publications comprises approx. 14,700 'Non-Print'-titles*, published in thousands of microfiches-titles on 38,300 microfiches, each microfiche contains 190 pages (on average) of the original printed work.

And the ebook-collections with approx. 10,000 ebook-titles, contains millions of pages of the original printed works.

In total, we offer contents from approx. 7,600,000 'physical' printed pages from approx. 48,000 'physical' works, originally written, printed and published during the 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th / early 20th Centuries in various countries in Europe and some 19th Century titles were originally published in the USA.

All these Publications were written by approx. 6,160 female / male / anon. writers and in addition by hundreds of writers in Periodicals.

Non-Print-titles preserve the rare 'physical' printed works and offer at the same moment user-friendly access into the contents of the intellectual heritages.

The texts on our WEBsite 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 any public access to the Libraries and its collections.

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 / there is an urgent need for a 'Substitute-Media' on 'long term archival media' (microfiches / microfilms).

However, there is also a need for userfriendly access to the contents by  digital media, we've chosen ebooks for such Intellectual Heritage.

Our ebooks have been carefully produced and published as replica of the old 'physical' printed books. The digital pages appear in the same font, same design, same layout as the originals.

Furthermore, many ebooks have full text searchable functions within the 'old' texts. And the ebooks are organised / structured in respect to user's expectations towards a publication in our digital world. In this way these ebooks offers new options to do research with / in these texts and in a way as it was not thinkable before.

From a 'licensing' point of view, Universities and University Libraries have different options to acquire our 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 authorized University-users, within a defined University network and / or within a defined  University-Consortia - network etc.,

...other digital collection's are available through online access by our partners.

Our titles have been selected and subject-categorized by Scholars in Europe and the USA,

Electronic Bibliographic Records for our microfiches-titles and ebook-titles are available, catalogued by University-Libraries.

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

Our titles serves University Libraries  for collection purposes (i.e. Preservation of own titles and 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 contains the content from one ‘physical’ printed volume; it could also mean that one 'title' contains the contents from more than one ‘physical’ printed volume ('Three deckers'), depending on the original print work(s).

Last update: 08 October 2021

 

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