Elsevier Launches Online Catalogue of Two Thousand 16 – 18th Century Books from the Original Elzevier Publishing House

July 5, 2011

NEW YORK, July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

– Valuable Antiquarian Resource now Accessible to Scholars Around the

Elsevier announced today the launch of an online catalogue of the
Elsevier Heritage Collection
[http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/intro.cws_home/EHC_Landing ], comprising
over 2,000 rare books with more than 1,000 distinct titles published by the
original Elzevier publishing house from 1580 to 1712. Based in the
Netherlands and closely tied to the University of Leiden, the original
company published groundbreaking work from contemporary scholars including
Descartes, Huygens and Galileo. Elsevier, the modern publisher was named
after the original firm when it was founded in 1880 as a tribute to the
publishing achievements of the Elzeviers.

The online short title scholarly catalogue
[http://www.elsevierheritagecollection.org ] was created with the expertise
of curatorial consultant and digital librarian Donna Sy. Nearly 2,000
documentary photographs will accompany the online catalogue, illustrating
the beauty and fine craftsmanship of many of the book bindings in the

“It’s been a privilege to work with the Elsevier Heritage Collection.
When we first created a catalog for local use in 2009, our hope was that we
would eventually be able to bring it online, and that day has finally come.
Since every book in the Collection is in many aspects unique, I hope that
the online catalog will serve as a starting point for scholars to make
exciting new discoveries in the Collection.”

“As the stewards of the Elsevier Heritage Collection, it is our
obligation-and pleasure – to ensure that the Collection can be fully
appreciated and readily accessible for scholars to research. The Collection
represents a tangible connection to a great publishing past and reminds us
of the partnerships forged by publishers with the great minds of the
Renaissance,” said David Ruth, Senior Vice President of Global

Notes to Editors

Please contact y.schemm@elsevier.com to arrange an interview with Donna
Sy or David Ruth. Donna Sy has been working with the Elsevier Heritage
Collection since 2007 as a cataloger and digital curator. She holds a B.S.
in Biological Sciences and an A.B. in Classics from Stanford University, an
M.A. in Latin from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in
History from Princeton University.

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        Media Contact
        Ylann Schemm
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