[Tellico-users] Source for Really, Really Old Books

Thomas Ronayne ronayne.thomas at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 14:29:56 UTC 2012

This may be just a little off the wall but just asking.

Is there a source (perhaps compatible with Tellico) for old and rare 
books? I'm working with a group cataloging a huge collection of old and 
rare books (and all kinds of art, scientific instruments, cameras, 
etching plates, you name it) from an estate donated to our local county 
to be a cultural heritage institution. By old, I mean anywhere from the 
1400's to the late 19th century.

One example is /Portraits: Illustrating Grangers Biographical History of 
England/, published by W. Richardson, London, 1792-1798 in ten volumes 
(it's stunning, by the way, one portrait per page from plates with 
hand-written notes and biographies and index in a separate volume).

Another might be /New French to Portuguese Dictionary/ that was part of 
George Washington's library at Mt. Vernon (scorched from a fire that 
occurred there). Published around 1780.

Not a whole lot of either of those floating around, eh?

Anyway, I've been looking for some rare book reference site (might make 
life a little easier) or two and haven't really come up with anything 
useful; I'd appreciate any hints or suggestions.


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