Thursday, February 24, 2011

Bibliotheca Alexandrina - L'Art Arabe

L'Art Arabe - Bibliotheca Alexandrina

L'Art Arabe is one of the most important books on the Islamic monuments of Egypt. It consists of four volumes compiled by the French orientalist Prisse d'Avennes, one of the greatest pre-20th century Egyptologists, and was published in 1877. To preserve this valuable collection, ISIS has digitized the three–plate volumes (222 plates) and the text volume (388 pages).The material has been scanned and processed in high resolution. The processing phase included treatment of the damaged pages and restoration of the defected parts while keeping the original appearance. The text volume was OCRed (Optical Character Recognition) to provide a full text search facility. The digitized output was integrated on a virtual browser and published on the Internet. The website was launched during the 34th session of the General Conference of UNESCO in October 2007.

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