The Post Reformation Digital Library

The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL) è una bibliografia dedicata alle fonti reperibili in rete che documentano il pensiero teologico e filosofico del periodo della Riforma e di quello immediatamente successivo (dalla fine del XV al XVIII secolo). Sono compresi anche testi tardomedievali e patristici che sono stati stampati nel periodo post-riforma e che sono stati oggetto di studio e di commento in quegli anni.

The Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL), hosted by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, is a select bibliography that organizes the vast array of digital sources on the development of theology and philosophy during the Reformation and Post-Reformation/Early Modern Era (late 15th-18th c.) now available on the web. PRDL spans publicly-accessible collections from major research libraries, independent scholarly initiatives, and corporate documentation projects. With the proliferation of digital books scattered across various places on the web, it can be difficult for the individual scholar to find or keep track of all the new content that is appearing almost daily. PRDL is a collaborative effort to organize this content for scholars of early modern theology.

The core of the PRDL project involves the organization of thousands of documents available in digital form from sources including Google Books and the Internet Archive. Also included are the offerings of select digital libraries from Europe and North America, which are beginning to make digitized forms of their holdings available to the public. The project covers the work of hundreds of authors from a wide variety of theological, philosophical, and ecclesiastical traditions.

As of April 1, 2010, PRDL has identified works for over 400 Reformed, 70 Lutheran, 200 Roman Catholic, and 100 philosophy authors; and over 2000 Reformed, 400 Lutheran, 800 Roman Catholic, and 400 philosophy titles (excluding multiple volumes and editions; e.g. Calvin’s Opera Omnia counts as a single title). PRDL also has Opera Omnia or Collected Works (early modern and modern editions) for over 100 authors.

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