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RESEARCH HELP > HUMANITIES AND AREA STUDIES > BRITISH LITERARY STUDIES

British and Commonwealth Literary Studies


Early English Books: 1475-1640

The Collection

Location: Green Library, Media-Microtexts

Call Number: Microfilm 015/3

Content: Microfilm of every extant book "in whatever language printed in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, and all books in English wherever printed, if for use in England and Scotland," in the period 1475-1640.

Access: Individual titles are not in Socrates but approximately 80% are listed in the English Short-Title Catalogue (select ESTC from the Stanford databases or from within Folio), which provides full bibliographic information as well as the microfilm reel number for individual items. Staff in Media-Microtexts will retrieve items from the collection if you specify "Microfilm 015/3" and provide the title's reel number. To find the reel number of works not in the ESTC, first get the entry number from A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad 1475-1640 (STC), using the STC number, the reel number can be found in Early English Books, 1475-1640; Cross-index by STC Numbers


Research Aids for Early English Books, 1475-1640

A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, & Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad 1475-1640
By Alfred W. Pollard and G. R. Redgrave. London: The Bibliographical Society, 1946. Second edition, revised and enlarged, 1986.
Z2002. P771946 or 1976 General Reference, Green Library; Rare Books Reference, Green Library; Media-Microtexts, Green Library
Both editions are organized alphabetically by author (or by title, if the author is anonymous). The 1946 edition does not have an index, while the revised edition contains several indices, including an index of printers and publishers, and a geographical index. The revised STC contains new titles and information on further editions, distinctions of issue, shared printings, and variant imprints. Most items in the revised STC retain the numbers given to them in the original STC, with a few exceptions. In some cases, a single entry in the old STC has been made into two or more in the revision (e.g., if other editions have been found). In this case, additional editions have been given the same base number with a decimal addition (e.g. 12010, 12010.3, and 12010.5). When an entry from the original STC has been moved, the new entry contains a note of the old number, and the old number is now a cross-reference.
English Short-Title Catalog (ESTC)
Available either on-line through the Stanford databases or through Folio. Covering English books from 1475 to 1800, this is the most flexible searching tool available, with indices for author, words in title, printer, publisher, place, and date. Provides reel numbers for all microfilmed items.
Early English Books Online
EEBO is a full-text web database with detailed indexing. It contains over 125,000 titles from 1475 to 1700.
Early English books, 1475-1640: A Partial List of STC Numbers...
[reel guides]. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Z2002. U57 General Reference, Green Library; Media-Microtexts, Green Library.
These works are arranged by STC entry number. Once the entry number has been found in the STC, it can be looked up in this work to find the reel number. Each volume was published as the collection was filmed, and there is no cumulative issue, so the cumulative cross index (see below) can be consulted for greater ease (however, the cumulative cross-index does not contain information about editions or condition of copies microfilmed, while this work does).
Early English Books, 1475-1640; Cross Index by STC Numbers
University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Z2002. U574 General Reference, Green Library; Media-Microtexts, Green Library.
This cumulative guide is arranged numerically by STC entry number. Once the entry number has been found in the STC, this index can be consulted to find the reel number. (However, this work does not contain information about editions or condition of copies microfilmed, while the above work does).
Titles of English Books (and of Foreign Books Printed in England)
By A. F. Allison and V. F. Goldsmith. Kent, Wm. Dawson & Sons Ltd., 1976. 2v.
Z2002. A4 General Reference, Green Library
Volume 1 provides a title index to the period 1475-1640.

 

 

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