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Early English Books

Microform Collection


 

Early English Books 1475-1640

Pollard and Redgrave Short Title Catalog (STC I)

Scope

How to search the collection

Guides

 Location:  Microfilm AC 4 E19

Scope: Nearly every English book published from the invention of printing to 1640 is in this collection.  The collection is based on a list called Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland, and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640. (STC I) by Pollard and Redgrave. (Micro Reference Z 2002 P77 1996). Included are the earliest editions of such classics as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, original versions of royal statutes and proclamations, military, religious, legal, parliamentary, and other public documents, numerous early English ballads and carols, and sermons, homilies, and the Book of Common Prayer. 

How to search the collection:  Titles in Early English Books 1475-1640,  Units 1-69,  are represented in  Truman's Library Catalog and can be located by keyword, title, author and subjectItems listed in the Library Catalog are complete with the microfilm call number, reel number and item number on the reel. For titles listed in Units 70-71, you will need to know the author or publisher of the work.  Here is the process:


1. Use the Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640. (STC I) (Microforms Reference Z 2002 P77 1996) to find the author or publisher that you want.  Write down the  STC number located to the left of the entry in the Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland and Ireland, and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640.(STC I).

Example  of an Entry form in the STC I

2. Use the STC number from the Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (STC I) to  find the reel of microfilm that you want. You will need to use the Cross Index of Reel 1-1979  (Microfilm AC 4 E 193 1988).

3. Retrieve the box of microfilm that you need from the Microforms room.  They are located at Microfilm  AC 4 E193 1988.  The reel numbers are on the spine of the boxes.

4. When you put the reel of microfilm that you need on the microfilm reader, go to the STC number that you found in the Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of English books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (STC I).

Guides:

Pollard, A. W. and Redgrave, G. R.
        The Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and of English Books printed abroad, 1475-1640 (STC I) is the most important guide for the Early English Books, 1475-1640 microfilm collection. (Micro Reference Z 2002 P77 1976).  The first two volumes are author indexes.  The third contains indexes to printers and publishers, places of publication other than London, false London imprints, and anomalous imprints, as well as a chronological index.

Allison, A. F.
        Titles of English books (and of foreign books printed in England): an alphabetical finding list by title of books published under the author's name, pseudonym or initials. (Reference PR 83 A44 1976B).

Early English Books 1641-1700

Wing Short-Title Catalogue (STC II)
 

Scope

How to search the collection:

Guides

Location:  Microfilm AC 4 E2

Scope:  This title is an extension of the Early English Books 1475-1640.  It is based on the Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and British America and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 (STC II) (Micro Reference Z 2002 W52). Not all items in Wing are in the microfilm collection.  "Separate prints of the Bible, separate statutes and proclamations, American imprints in Evans, Baptist books listed by Whitley, and later prints of books first listed before 1641 are omitted. Selections have been made from almanacs, sermons, liturgical works, Quaker tracts, and Irish and Scottish official publications." (Preface to index).

How to search the collection: You can use Truman's Library Catalog to locate items in Early English Books 1641-1700 by keyword, title, author and subject. Everything that is in the Early English Books 1641-1700  from Units 1-123 is listed in the Library Catalog complete with the microfilm call number, reel number and item number on the reel.

Guides

Wing, Donald Goddard, comp.
        Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and British America and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 (STC II)  is the most important guide to the Early English Books 1641-1700. (Micro Reference Z 2002 W52).

Allison, A. F.
        Titles of English books (and of foreign books printed in England): an alphabetical finding list by title of books published under the author's name, pseudonym or initials. (Reference PR 83 A44 1976B).

For more information about this subject in our Library Catalog, check out these
Subject Categories:

English literature -- Middle English, 1100-1500 -- Bibliography.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Bibliography
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- Bibliography.

Time Period: 15th Century  16th Century  17th Century 18th Century

Subject keywords: Great Britain-History, Literature

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