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Overview

The rare books collection at the Unithèque site includes all works and books printed in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Valdensia prior to 1800, highly illustrated or superbly bound rare books, and modern, sometimes unique, confidentially published modern books, often illustrated with original engravings.

Finding books

Items in the rare books collection are described in the Renouvaud catalogue. Once you have run a search, the books we hold can be easily found by selecting the “Rare books” filter.

Virtual exhibitions

Old, bibliophily and artists’ books acquired in recent years are showcased virtually on the Rarissima site.

 

Other virtual exhibitions produced by the rare books collection are also available online.

100,000 old books just a click away!

Over 100,000 books published before 1871 are available in a click from the Renouvaud catalogue. We are a partner of the e-rara project, which provides access to numerous collections of books digitised by the main Swiss libraries, including most books published in Switzerland in the 16th century.

Finally, a number of documents, such as newspapers and almanacs published in Vaud in the 18th century, are accessible through the Scriptorium platform.

Database

Access various databases with a direct link to the printed heritage of Vaud and more broadly, Switzerland.

  • Biblos (Bibliography of books published or printed in Lausanne in the 18th century)
  • I.E.C.H (Directory of Swiss publishers and printers working from the 16th to the 18th century)
  • Fleuron (Database of typographical ornaments (16th to 18th century)
  • Passe-Partout (a research tool for identifying typographical ornaments (16th to 18th century) using an automated comparison or descriptive key words)

Collections

Nouveautés livres anciens

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Nouveautés Bibliophilie moderne

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Revue de presse

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Livres uniques

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Stratégies éditoriales de l'ancien temps

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