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.

As the collection grows, we find ourselves in need of a system of organization. We have rather brashly invented one of our own. The Library of Congress system is cumbersome for a small and somewhat specialized collection, and the Dewey Decimal System is proprietary and actively protected. 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 many cases, we have added quotations from contemporary reviews, which give us some notion of the impression a work made when it first appeared before the public.

If you have an Android tablet or an iPad, the Google Books app will allow you to make your favorite books available off line, with the ability to search in scanned books. If you use the Google Books app in the Chrome or Chromium browser, you can copy and paste from the scanned pages as if they were text documents, which is no small technical accomplishment.


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

Essays and Philosophy
Essays

Religion
Church Fathers and Sources for Ecclesiastical History

Art
Art Technique
Drawing

Photography
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

History
Ancient History
Ancient Near East

Europe
British History

Byzantine Empire

North America
American History
Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania

Fashions of Various Eras

Pamphlets, Broadsheets, etc.

Geography & Travel
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

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