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Classificaton System
Classification System

Principles: Deconstruct disciplinary boundaries, Overcome geographical or temporal limitations — a universally applicable classification Good neighbour (Aby Warburg).

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Our classification system

Understand what we collect and how we map them

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Library map

Explore our classification with this interactive guidebook

Special Collections
Special Collections

While the main collections of the History of Science Library are online, we also have physical Special Collections of rare books and manuscripts. The History of Science Library’s Special Collections were founded in 2022, based on the private library of Xinyi Wen, founder of the HSL. Our collection is not large at the moment, but it is under systematic development.

The Special Collections of the History of Science Library currently focus on early modern natural history, medicine, and occult sciences, particularly books with unique annotations or enhancements. Our collection includes one of the surviving less than ten copies of Wolfgang Ambrosius Fabricius’s treatise on the doctrine of signatures, Ἀπορημα βοτανικον: de signaturis plantarum (1653), a copy of the first edition of Levinus Lemnius’s book on the herbal allegories in the Bible, Similitudinum ac parabolarum (1568).

We also have several books with interesting provenance stories. In our collection, you will find an eighteenth-century Moleskine: a copy of the popular almanac Rider's British Merlin (1729) bound with parchment pockets, filled with the owner’s memoranda, bills, and recipes. Our most recent acquisition was an author-corrected copy of Histoire des plantes vénéneuses de la Suisse (1776), given to the author Philippe Rodolphe Vicat by the publisher and botanist Joseph-Ferdinand Lex, a friend of the renowned Swiss physician Albrecht von Haller.

As a library dedicated to Open Research, we aim to make our collections fully digitised and open access. We have already digitised some of our featured collections, which you can view at histscilib.omeka.net. All our digitised images are licensed under a CC-BY-NC 4.0 International License.

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View Our Special Collections Catalogue

Our Special Collections are catalogued in our main Zotero library, under the category of Special Collections.

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Visit Our Digitised Special Collections

Our digitised collections are freely available on Omeka.

Laboratory
Laboratory

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Re-classifying history of technics: Air, Water, Fire, Earth

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Library of New Media Studies

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Recent Updates
Recent Updates

31 March 2022

科学史图书馆电子资源与在线展览数据库正式发布

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20 February 2022

找图指南:早期近代的植物学书籍插图

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15 January 2022

通向最前沿:科学史图书馆新书数据库

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20 December 2021

科学史图书馆申请/征稿信息数据库正式发布

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29 July 2021

操作图像、技术图像、行动图像|馆藏书单

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18 January 2021

​什么是“RRR”:“重构”作为一种科学史研究方法

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About HistSciLib

An overview of the library and our collection

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Access

The website, the Zotero group library, and SNS presence

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