This is the camera used for the Gutenberg digitisation. It is a
single-shot digital camera. This meant that the books were only
exposed to light and kept open at the same page for very short periods.
HUMI designed a book cradle to the British Library's specifications,
ensuring that it could be adapted to suit the needs of all the books
which they digitised. Here the cradle has been adapted to suit the
King's copy, printed on paper.
This is the Grenville copy, printed on vellum, being prepared for
The images were immediately processed and given a final visual
check - all completed in about 30 seconds per page. Having the final
check done at this point ensured that we did not have to return
to pages which had already been photographed. All problems were
solved on the spot. The British Library is grateful for the support
received from its Japanese partners.