The scope of the collection is to provide high quality color scans, from the originals, not from microfilm, of all material printed in Europe or in European languages from the birth of printing (c.1455) to 1700. Based on holdings of a variety of major European libraries. The three initial collections, ultimately represent 4.1 million pages, are based on library collections in Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and England. The project is successor and a complement to the 125,000 titles in Early English Books Online (EEBO) already held by USC.
This is an extraordinary resource at its inception and will be even more so upon its completion in a few years.