A 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.

Bookshelves in the Library


Classics
Classical Authors

Classical Studies

Medieval
Arthurian History and Romance

Miscellaneous Romances

From Caxton's Press; From Wynkyn de Worde's Press

Reynard the Fox

Miscellaneous Medieval

Essays and Philosophy
Essays

Religion
Church Fathers and Sources for Ecclesiastical History

Art
Art Technique
Drawing

Photography
Art History

Architecture

Engravings
Historic Engravings

Collections of Engravings
Fashions of Various Eras

Penmanship

Literature
Literary Criticism

Poetry
American Poets

English Poets
Fiction
Fiction Miscellanies

American Novelists

English Novelists

Novels in Translation or in Other Languages

Drama
English and American Dramatists

Humor & Satire

For Children
Picture Books

Biography

Biographical Reference


History
Ancient History
Ancient Near East

Europe
British History

Byzantine Empire

French History

Late Roman History

North America
American History
Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
Mexican History

Fashions of Various Eras

Pamphlets, Broadsheets, etc.

Geography & Travel
Geography

Travel Writing

Railroads and Rail Travel

Science
Botany
North American Botanical References

Orchids
Biology and Evolution

Medicine

Quackery and Pseudoscience

Technical and Instructional

Law

Language
Useful References

Latin Grammars, Dictionaries, and Methods/

Greek Grammars, Dictionaries, and Methods

French Grammars, Dictionaries, and Methods

Writing & Printing
Manuscripts

Penmanship

Printing
Printing History
From Caxton's Press; From Wynkyn de Worde's Press
Printing Technique

Typography

Ornaments gathered from various books

Decorative Initials

Miscellanies

Unclassifiable Oddities


Magazines