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US Library of Congress and National Library of Taiwan Unveil Digitized Rare Book Collection

Posted by Jean-Yves on May 16, 2019

In order to celebrate May as “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month” in the U.S., the Asian Division of the U.S. Library of Congress has revealed 1,000 digitized rare historical books from Asia, with some titles dating back to the 10th century.

The collection, which has been made available online, was curated and digitized in cooperation with the National Central Library of Taiwan. Currently, most of the digitalized collection is comprised of Chinese books dated between the years 1500 and 1800, some of which are the only copies in existence. The 1,000 titles currently available to the public represent about one fifth of the total rare Chinese book collection of 5,300 titles.

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