Watch the British Library Digitize One of the World’s Largest Books

Most experienced genealogists are familiar with over-sized books. Vital records, deeds, maps, and more are often published on larger-than-normal pages. Digitizing those books can be a challenge although several companies have already done a great job at digitization.

However, how do you digitize a book that is nearly six feet by seven and a half feet when open? It is so big that it even has wheels fixed onto it to make it easier to move around!

The British Library has faced the problem and has digitized the 1660 Klencke Atlas, one of the world’s biggest books.

You can watch a timelapse of the multi-day digitization in a video in the web site at:


What a production! Very impressive to see how they went about it. I’d love to know how many people were involved and how much that would have cost. I’m not saying it isn’t worth it – it certainly is to record forever such a magnificent work of art, but I’d just like to know! Thanks for the link.


Fascinating! Thanks for calling this atlas and the website to our attention.


A remarkably precise outline of the western coast of Australia in 1660 across as far to the west coast of Cape York Peninsula.
No doubt the work of Portuguese, Dutch and English navigators who were the first Europeans recorded to explore our west coast


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