The Elsevier Heritage Collection

The Elsevier Heritage Collection consists of over 2,000 volumes with more than 1,000 distinct titles published by the original House of Elzevier from 1580 to 1712.

The collection is divided into our core collection, of around 1,500 volumes and a reserve or “duplicate” collection. Approximately 400 non-Elzevier antiquarian titles and over 30 reference titles are also preserved in our museum quality, acclimatized display shelves in our Elsevier headquarters in Amsterdam.

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Elsevier Heritage Collection

Unveiling the Past

In this video, professor Paul Hoftijzer (Leiden University), advisor to the Elsevier Heritage Collection, explores the relationship between Leiden University, Bibliotheca Thysiana, and the 17th-century Elzeviers. The storyvideo sheds light on scholarly life in the 17th century and the publishing house that inspired modern-day Elsevier.  

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