An Eclectic Library
Unusual Books On Line
growing collection of books on line that have proved interesting or
useful. Most of them are on Google Books, which is very good at finding
information in books but very bad at finding any specific book, or
Archive.org, which has higher-quality scans but is less adept at searching
the text of a book.
One advantage of an electronic collection is that an item does not have a
physical location, so books that fit more than one category will be found
in more than one place.
In some cases, you will find quotations from contemporary reviews, which
give us some notion of the impression a work made when it first appeared
before the public.
This site has grown over several years and has gone through several
different formats. The pages are gradually being revised to a simpler
style that should be easily accessible on mobile devices, but some pages
are still in various older formats from years ago.