Contents - originally published during 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, his phrase is relevant in interpersonal and personal perspectives.
We welcome you on our new Website with our new WEB-address, 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 or 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 in thousands of ebooks with millions of pages.
These '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 these 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 the contents in 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 are 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 and German Language in the USA. Some German language titles were published during WWI, only a few titles were published 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 years, i.e. in Europe during the Dreissigjaehrige Krieg (1618 - 1648) and other horrible war times.
Most of the Convent-Library-Collections - compiled by Nuns (see our "Frauenkloster" collections) - were destroyed in German speaking countries before or during the process of Secularisation (1804). At this time Mainstream-opinions considered such Library collections - compiled by women - as 'not important and as not academic enough' to preserve these contents and collections 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 contents and collections 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 aggressive 'printing-ink' are several reasons, why its original-pages are 'bridled' ("Saeurefrass"). Subsequently, there is an urgent need for 'Substitute-Media'-Publications on microfiches or digitally in ebooks together with electronic Bibliographic Records - in this way providing to Librarians and Scholars userfriendly access to the the valuable contents; and at the same time preserving the originals works.
Our ebooks have been carfully published with the texts from old 'physical' works, the ebooks are an exact reproduction of the texts and of the pages. They appear in the same font, same design and same layout. Furthermore and depending on the publication's language, many of them have fulltext searchable functions into the 'old' text. Even more, the ebooks are organised / strutured for today user's expectations. In this way, our ebooks offer new exciting options to do research in a way 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 (LAN) or even within an University-Consortia - network;
other digital collection's accesses are available through our partners.
The microfiches-titles and ebook-titles in our collections have been selected and subject-categorized by University-Librarians and Scholars in Europe and the USA.
There are no title-duplications in each of our collections or sections and / or in-between.
Electronic Bibliographic Records for our microfiches-titles and ebook-titles were catalogued by University-Librarians in Europe and USA; electronic Bibliographic Records are available.
Most of our customers are University-Libraries for collections purposes - and / or Academic Institutions / 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’ printed volume, in many cases from several ‘physical’ volumes - depending on the original work;
to enhance fluent reading, our wording 'writers' / 'authors' / 'Autoren' / 'auteurs' etc. means female writers / male writers / anon. writers;
Last update: 6 January 2021
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