Digital edition of the Clusius correspondence

The Clusius letters - The correspondence of Carolus Clusius comprises 1600 letters, of which some 1200 are kept in the University Library Leiden (facsimiles can be consulted on the website of the University Library Leiden). The letters are written by Clusius and a range of persons from all social layers with an interest in natural history, gardening, literature, travel, politics, religion and everyday life. Over the course of the last two centuries, these letters have gained considerable attention from historians and biologists, but a complete edition was never realized.

Online edition-in-progress Huygens ING and the Scaliger Institute (Leiden University Libraries) made a big step towards a complete digital edition of the Clusius correspondence by assembling and digitizing all existing transcriptions of the letters in eLaborate (a collaborative transcription tool developed by Huygens ING). ...

This web edition is not a scholarly edition in the traditional sense. Due to the many different sources of the (published and unpublished) transcriptions, the quality of the edition is not uniform. Furthermore, virtually no annotation has been added (yet). But by publishing this edition as a work-in-progress, we expect to offer an invaluable source that can be searched, improved and elaborated by everyone.