Fiction- & Non-Fiction collections, 16th - 20th Centuries
Fourty years ago Leszek Kolokowski, a Polish philosopher, mentioned "We learn History not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are".
Kolokowski is right, it is relevant to interpersonal and personal perspectives. So we welcome you on our new WEB-address and our new Website - after more than two decades at www.belser.com.
For decades, the company and its affiliates have been engaged in Microfilming, Digitization and Electronic Publishing of Artworks and printed materials, such as Books, Periodicals, Pamphlets etc., mostly from non-public Libraries, Archives, and similar Institutions.
We introduced updated information regarding our unique Fiction- and Non-Fiction-Collections with approx. 14,700 'Non-Print'-titles*, published as microfiches-titles on 38,300 microfiches (each microfiche contains on average of 190 pages) and as thousands of ebooks with millions of pages.
Our 'new media' covers the content from approx. 7,600,000 printed pages in approx. 48,000 'physical' Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals etc., originally published in the 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th / early 20th Centuries in Europe and USA.
In this way our Non-Print-titles preserve the 'physical' Originals and offer user-friendly access into these valuable Intellectual Heritages, otherwise it would be difficult or even impossible to get access to these titles and collections.
Our titles were written by approx. 6,160 female / male / anon. authors and hundreds of additional writers in Periodicals.
Here on our WEBsite the texts are written in English Language, in French Language and in German Language, because...
...23% of our titles* are in English Language,
...25% of our titles are in French Language,
...52% of our titles are in German Language.
In addition, 187 titles are published in Latin Language, 11 titles in Latin Language, joined with texts in German Language.
Originally, the old 'physical' Books, Pamphlets, Periodicals were published in various countries in Europe during the 16th / 17th / 18th / 19th & early 20th Centuries. Some 19th Century - titles in English and German Language, were published in the USA. Some German language titles in our collections were published during WWI, only a few titles after the year 1930.
Our publications cover important 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.
Many important Library-collections were destroyed during these nearly 500 yars centuries, i.e. in Europe during the Dreissigjaehrige Krieg (1618 - 1648) and other horrible war times. Most of the Convent-Library-Collections - compiled byNuns (see our "Frauenkloster" collections) - were destroyed before and during the process of Secularisation (1804). The Mainstream-opinion considered such Library collections - compiled by women - as not important and as not academic 'enough', to preserve them for the future.
On the other hand, many Monastery-Library-Collections - compiled by Monks - were 'transferred' into State Libraries. The Mainstream-opinion considered such Library collections - compiled by men - as important, precious and Academic, in other words 'worthwhile' to preserve those for the future.
Most of the Libraries containing our 'physical' titles, were / are owned privately. And because of that and other lucky circumstances, these Library-collections 'survived' sometimes over Centuries. And in addition, there was no public access to these Libraries.
Unfortunately, many Books / Pamphlets / Periodicals of the 19th & early 20th Centuries are 'physically' in a bad shape: dampness, chemical paper-additives and / or the 'printing-ink' are reasons, why its 'Original'-pages are 'bridled' ("Saeurefrass"). Subsequently, there was an urgent need for 'Substitute-Media'-Publications on microfiches or digitally in ebooks. In this way providing access for Scholars and Librarians and the valuable 'Originals' are preserved.
Our ebooks have been carfully published including texts from old 'physical' works, therefore the ebooks are an exact reproduction of the text in its original pages. And they appear in the same font, same design and same layout. Depending on the original publication's language, many of them have even fulltext searchable functions into the 'old' text. Even more, our ebooks are strutured for today user's experiences and expectations. In this way, our ebooks offer new exciting options to do research as it was not possible before.
From a 'technical' and 'licensed' point of view, Universities and UniversityLibraries have different digital Licencing-options to access / 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 the University for authorized University-users within a defined University network or even a University-Consortia;
and other digital collection's accesses are available through our partners.
The titles in our collections have been selected and subject-categorized by University-Librarians and Scholars in Europe and the USA.
Electronic Bibliographic Records for our microfiches-titles or ebook-titles were catalogued by University-Librarians in Europe and USA.
Most of our customers are Academic Institutions - i.e. University-Libraries for collection purposes - and / or Faculties for research projects and teaching purposes.
Additional comments re. our collections:
*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’ printedvolume, in many cases from several ‘physical’ volumes - depending on the originals;
to enhance fluent reading, our wording 'writers' / 'authors' / 'Autoren' / 'auteurs' covers female writers / male writers / anon. writers;
there are no title-duplications in each of our collections or sections and / or in-between;
electronic Bibliographic Records are available.
Last update: 30 November 2020
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