Thursday, 9 July 2015

The First 500 Books From The Vatican Library's Massive Digitization Project Are Now Online

The Vatican Library was founded in 1451 by Pope Nicholas V (born Tommaso Parentucelli). It holds some 180,000 manuscripts, 1.6 million books and 150,000 images and engravings.

Last year, non-profit organization Digita Vaticana Oculus was founded with the aim of helping fund the digitization of 80,000 of the manuscripts, or 41 million pages. The first 500 manuscripts are now available to view, along with 600 incunabula - books or pamphlets printed before 1500 AD.

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