The Courtauld has recently acquired access to two new online databases, the Vogue Archive and Early European Books.
The Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 (the cover of which is seen in the image above) to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. The digitisation has included many para-textual elements and every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out is available. The archive is accompanied by remarkably complete indexing. This means that it is possible to search across the entire publication (including adverts and covers) by designer, garment type or using other descriptive terms. This resource should be of special interest to those studying History of Dress (as well as our well dressed students and staff).
Early European Books is a companion product to the popular and well used Early English Books Online. It include almost 25,000 rare books covering the period from 1450 – 1700 drawn from the collections of the Kongelige Bibliotek, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, The Wellcome Library, Det Kongelige Bibliotek and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The scans are in high resolution and each item in the collection is captured in its entirety, complete with its binding, edges, and endpapers and is accompanied by full descriptive bibliographic metadata. The collection is remarkably rich and students will find a great variety of material. Among the highlights are Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Rappresentazione di San Giovanni e Paolo, Albrecht Dürer’s Four Books on Human Proportion and copies of works by Euclid, Petrarch and Horace containing marginal notes written by Galileo Galilei.