The Library of Congress has a collection of books that would make any bibliophile dizzy with excitement. They’ve been working to digitize their most rare collections since 1994, so you can read or listen to their collections online in their entirety.
One of my favorite of their digitized collections is the rare children’s book library.
Would you like to read a first edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, with pictures by W.W. Denslow? You can download it in its entirety.
How about A Wonder Book For Girls & Boys by Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in 1893 with designs by Walter Crane? That’s available for download in PDF format, too.
One of my favorites is The Complete Collection of Pictures & Songs by Randolph Caldecott, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans in 1887. Caldecott changed the nature of children’s book illustrations, introducing movement and a juxtaposition between picture and word that hadn’t been seen before. The Caldecott Medal was named in his honor.
So download a few rare books and enjoy your very own personal rare book library!