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The enormous profusion of literary texts posted on the World Wide Web will no doubt strike future historians as remarkable and important. But this profusion brings with it an urgent need for many specialized on-line bibliographies. The present one is an analytic bibliography of Latin texts written during the Renaissance and later that are freely available to the general public on the Web (texts posted in access-restricted sites, and Web sites offering electronic texts and digitized photograpic reproductions for sale or placed behind a paywall are not included).

This page was first posted January 1, 1999 and most recently updated on May 14, 2024 . The reader may be interested to know that it currenty contains 77,831 records. I extend especial thaks to Klaus Graf, Tommy Tyberg and J. R. Stockton, wh are reponsible for the addition of many hundreds of bibliographical items to this list and to the countless othes who have suggested additions and corrections to this blbligoraphy.

In this bibliography are included a tremendous number of dissertations (mostly German, where the academic custom of the dissertation originated, evidently starting in in Schools of Law and subsuently imitated by Schools of Divinity, but less commonly by Schools of Medicine) which are registered under the name of the dissertation supervisor rather than its editor. This is because doing such appears to be the practice of library cataloguers (not only on sites offering these texts, but everywere) and so this convention, is retained here, no matter how objectionable it would be considered in the case of modern dissertations.

It should also be noted that some German writers had a habit of giving Latin titles to works written in the vernacular. Since this bibliography is largely based on library catalogues it is possible that some such books are inadvertently included here .The great majority of items registered here were published before the advent of copyright laws, so that printers were under no obligation to identify themselves or to supply information about place and date of publication..Nor, for that matter, was there any obligation to issue a reprinted ediiton under its original title, so it is likely that duplicate entries occasionally exist for the same item.. Almost always the information provid at found on an individuial book’s title page.

In many cases a book was identified as being published simply at Frankfurt. In the vast number of cases this obviously meant Frankfurt am Main, not Frankfurt am Oder. Nevertheless, since the latter possibilitiy cannot always be excluded. books in question are simply identified as having been published at Frankfurt.

It must be understood that that the early years of this bibliography’s compilation serveral rival schemes for distributing digitized photographic reproductions existed, all others of which have been superseded by the PDF format now employed universally. Early entries citing other such schemes stand in their original forms, but their continued validitiy cannot be guaranteed. If some of thier links are no longer valid, one can consult the online catalogue of the sponsoring library and locate the desired item.

Then too, over the years the URLS attached to individual offerings from Google Books have progressively in the direction of increased streamlining. Readers shouild not be disturbed that some Google URLs do not conform to what has become the standard pattern, this merely indicates that the items in question were early entries. They still work. (Many absurdly long URLs seem to have been created by the inclusion of metadata to assist website managers in handling their offerings but in my opinion they should be kept as short as possible).

It also needs to be understood that the great majority of items registered here were published before the advent of copyright laws, so that printers were under no obligation to identify themselves, or provide information about place and date of publication. Not infrequently this information is supplied partially or not at all.

A few further Neo-Latin online texts are omitted here because an invalid URL address is provided. Over the passage of time, of course, some of the URL addresses given here may be changed or broken (alhtough site managers should avoid changing URL’s whenever possible, or failing that adopt a redirection scheme. because as soon as links to texts are posted they begin to be employed in scholarly citations , and so their URLs must be regarded as sacrosanct no less than library shelfmarks, the reason that the British Library wisely retains the original catalogue entries for the Cottonian Collection. This statement is especially aimed at the management of the Gallica site, who in the early days of this site repeatedly played merry Hell in this respect. If some of their URLs provided here fail to work this is why). If you become aware of such difficulties, I would be grateful to have them drawn to my attention.

Frequently used abbreviations: dpr = digitized photographic reproduction. GDZ Göttinger DigitalisierungzentumspacerHAB: Digitalen Bibliothek der Herzog August Bibliothekspacer MDZ Münchener Digitaliserungs zentumspacerUSB Universitäts-und-Landesbibliothek Sachsen=Anhalt; VDZ Verbundzentale des Gemeinsamen Bibliotheksverbundes  der Länder Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein, Thüringen und der Stiftung Preußischer.

A - Al | Am - Az | Ba | Be - Bi | Bj - Bo | Br - Bz | Ca - Ce | Ch - Cz | D | E | F | G - Gi | Gl - Gy | Ha - He | Hi - Hy | I | J | K | L - Lh | Li - Ly | Ma | Me | Mi - My | N | O | Pa - Pi | Pl - Py | Q | R | Sa - Se | Sf - Sz | T | U | V | W | Y | X | Z | Anon.. A = D | Anon. E - P | Anon. Q - Z

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