The “Rare Book Room” has been constructed as an educational website intended to allow the visitor to examine and read some of the great books of the world.
Over the last decade, a company called “Octavo” digitally photographed some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. These books were photographed at very high resolution (in some cases at over 200 megabytes per page).
This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date. These range over a wide variety of topics and rarity. The books are presented so that the viewer can examine all the pages in medium to medium-high resolution.
You can search digitized materials by category, such as Botany and Gardening. Materials available so far include Sylva Britannica (1826) by Jacob George Strutt, Pomona Londinensis (1818) by William Hooker, and Choix des Plus Belles Fleurs (1827, pictured at right) by Pierre-Joseph Redouté.