How to view the texts of the festival books
You can select a book or books to view by searching on various attributes of
the book or festival, for example book title, festival participants, type of
page illustration etc. For full details of what can be searched see our
The 'Search the texts' box above offers a simple non-specific keyword search
which covers most of the data held - eg entering 'Milan' would find
festivals held in Milan, books published in Milan, festivals involving the Duke
of Milan etc. Enter one or more words (e.g Bologna AND Charles V) and click the
There is also a
of all the books held on this site, sorted by title, with links to the detailed
description of each book.
For a more specific search follow the link above to the 'Advanced search'
page, where you can more closely define the areas you want to search. Again
page will guide you through the options.
The search, if successful, will then show a list of matching festival books
with brief details of the festival and a thumbnail image of the book's title
page. If you have used the Advanced search to search at page level (eg for a
type of illustration) then you will also see thumbnails of those pages in the
books which match your search.
If you then click on the link by the festival description, you will go to a
page showing the full details of the book and festival, plus thumbnails of all
the pages which have descriptions attached to them.
If you click on either a thumbnail or the plus icon beside it, you will go to a
larger view of that page, from which point you can go through the whole book a
page at a time, using the icons listed below.
Please note that a small number of blank pages (eg the reverse of an engraving)
have not been filmed. You will get an explanatory message instead of an image.
The page view icons are as follows: