Culturas Hispánicas I: Locating Early Printed Books

Columbia Libraries

CLIO Columbia's Catalog

Rare and early imprints may not have as much descriptive information as newer books.  

Browse CLIO for books in Spanish and within a specific date of publication

*Do a blank search in CLIO (while leaving the search box empty, click on search)

*Limit by date (1500-1700) and language (Spanish)

*Limit by format (Select ONLINE if you wish to see what's available digitally;  Or to see printed versions, first select Online, and then select NOT ONLINE in the box that displays on top of the page) See this search

Using the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia The RBML is open to all researchers from the Columbia community and the public.  Follow a simple process to register and set up a research account.  Once registered, you can request items.  All materials must be used on-site in the RBML and do not circulate.

Printed Bibliographies

Many early imprints and rare books may not be cataloged, or may be difficult to find in catalog searching.  These major bibliographies list many of the early published works in Spain and the Americas.  You can search specific titles or authors in CLIO or in WorldCat to determine whether a particular work is available in a library near you.

Manual del librero hispano-americano; bibliografía general española e hispano-americana desde la invención de la imprenta hasta nuestros tiempos, con el valor comercial de los impresos descritos

Medina, José Toribio, Biblioteca hispanoamericana, 1493-1810

Other Useful Catalogs

Hathi Trust Access to digitized books from major research libraries, including the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.