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Apr 13, 2006
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France - digitized

Gallica is the digital library of the Bibliothèque nationale de France. This is a freely available collection containing over 70,000 texts (including books and journals), over 80,000 images, and 500 sound recordings. Items date primarily from the Middle Ages to 19th century, with some early 20th century works. Topics covered range from historically important scientific texts to scans of Napoleonic coinage to themed collections on utopias or the great writers of France. While works in French and by the French are the primary focus of the text collections, classics of other lands and languages are also included. Gallica can be browsed by theme or searched through its Catalogue. Just be sure to bring along your reading knowledge of French, as currently no other languages can be chosen for the site interface. Bon voyage!