Bloomsbury Arcadian Library Online

An exceptional, privately-owned library that respects and celebrates the centuries-old interface between Europe and the Middle East, made available online for the first time. Newly digitized in impeccably high-resolution, the Arcadian Library preserves book after book full of travelers' observations and artists' images, scientists' and physicians' knowledge, literary, scholarly and historical influences. In addition to rare printed books, the Arcadian Library also possesses extremely rare manuscripts and documentary material of great importance to the study of the relationship between the Middle East and the West, from its earliest origins to the dawn of the 20th century.

Arcadian Library Online modules include:
  • History of Science and Medicine (available now): The Arcadian Library’s History of Science and Medicine collection includes manuscripts, incunabula, early printed books, and monographs from the 10th to 20th centuries. The collection showcases the contribution of early Arab and Persian scientists, doctors and thinkers; their translation, reception and influence in Europe and their lasting influence on the development of Western scientific and medical knowledge.
  • Travel and exploration (coming soon)
  • Turcica: History of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire (coming soon)

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