Fiction and Non-Fiction collections - 16th to 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 Artworks (Paintings) and in Fiction & Non-Fiction works, such as Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc. Most of our cultural works were collected and preeserved in non-public accessible Archives and Libraries and similar Institutions.
We introduce additional information regarding these unique 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 furthermore published in approx. 10,000 of ebook - titles.
These 'new media' covers the content of approx. 7,600,000 'physical' printed pages in approx. 48,000 'physical' historically valuable Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc., which were printed and published in various countries in Europe during the 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th and early 20th Centuries.
The titles were written by approx. 6,160 female / male / anon. authors and furthermore by hundreds of writers in Periodicals.
Our Non-Print-titles preserve rare 'physical' original works, offering user-friendly access into this Intellectual Heritage. Otherwise, it would be difficult or even impossible, to get access to the content in these 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,
...some 19th Century titles were published in the USA in English Language and German Language,
...187 titles were published in Latin Language and 11 titles were published in Latin Language together with texts in German Language.
Our publications cover 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 years many Archive- and Library-collections were destroyed.
Most of the Libraries containing our 'physical' titles, were / are owned privately. And because of that and other lucky circumstances, in some cases these Library-collections survived over Centuries. However, there was never or there is no public access to these Libraries.
Unfortunately, many Books / Pamphlets / Periodicals of the 19th & early 20th Centuries are 'physically' in a bad shape: dampness, mould and water stains, chemical paper-additives, printing-ink etc., all are reasons why the originals are damaged or even bridled. This means, there is an urgent need for 'Substitute-Media' on 'long term archival media' (such as microfiches / microfilms); and at the same time there is also an urgent need for digital user's access into 'user-friendly' ebooks containing such Intellectual Heritage - at the same time preserving the valuable originals.
Our ebooks have been carefully produced and published with the contents from old 'physical' works, they appear in the same font, same design and same layout. Furthermore - and depending on the publication's language - many ebooks have full text searchable functions into the 'old' text. And the ebooks are organised / structured regarding today user's expectations towards a publication.
In this way, the ebooks offer exciting new options to do research in a way as it was not possible before.
From a 'technical' and 'licensing' point of view, we offer to Universities and University Libraries different licencing-options to 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 or within a defined University-Consortia - network etc.
...other digital collection's are available through online access.
The titles in the 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.
Our titles serves for University Libraries collection purposes and Academic Institutions / Faculties for research projects and lecture purposes.
*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, male, anon. writers / 'authors' / 'Autoren' / 'auteurs' etc.
Last update: 1 May 2021
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