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Turn the pages of ICAEW's collection of rare books

Turning the Pages is an award-winning interactive tool developed by the British Library that allows us to show you some of the rarest books in our collection in digitised form.

A view of an ICAEW rare book through the Turning The Pages interactive tool
Using the interactive tool you can explore our digitised books with greater freedom than would ever be possible with the fragile originals. You can pull the books apart, rotate the pages or zoom in.

You can access the complete online Turning the pages library or jump into any of the digitised titles:

Help and support

The current version of the 'Turning The Pages' system supports Internet Explorer 9+, Safari Desktop, Safari Mobile, Firefox 11+, Google Chrome 14+, Opera 11+ and Android Mobile 2.1+.

Once you have loaded a title you can manipulate your view by clicking on the hand icon. The options available are:

Index view. This view splits the book into individual pages, allowing you to jump straight into a page of your choosing.

Book view. This view binds the pages back into a book, allowing you to leaf through the book by turning the pages.

Rotate. This option allows you to rotate the book by 90 degree increments.

Zoom in/out. This option allows you to zoom in or out of the scanned images.

Move. Using this option will allow you to move the digitised book around your virtual desktop. Once you have selected this option click on the book and drag it to the position you want.

Historical Accounting Literature

The ICAEW collection of historical accounting literature currently comprises around 3,000 volumes and includes works published from the 15th century to the early 20th century. The collection includes books and journals in a variety of languages.

Find out more about the collection and its history.