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The key to understanding the value of this collection lies in the title. It embraces the two-and-a-half centuries following Gutenberg’s invention of movable type in the mid-15th century which witnessed an unprecedented proliferation and dissemination of literature throughout Europe. In keeping with the tenor of the time, religious works predominate, but there is no shortage of secular material concerning every field of human thought and activity.
This is a rich primary resource that enhances research outcomes. Covering all items from the age of Gutenberg, Koberger and Aldus Manutius to 1700, Early European Books brings together the canonical texts of the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Age of Discovery alongside rich primary source material, like pamphlets, sermons, almanacs and other ephemera.
Researchers can now explore early modern European history and culture as it happened, unfiltered, as ProQuest has released the first 2 million pages in 5,800 titles, from its massive digitization project with Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. When complete, the partnership will give researchers online access to more than 10 million pages in more than 28,000 titles, of unique and rare European books printed from 1400 to 1700 – cover to cover – in crisp, fully searchable images. Collection 6 provides access to over 3,750 titles and over 1.4 million pages from this prestigious library and is the first Paris-only collection.
This comprehensive and relevant collection spans the birth of printing to 1700 and aims to encompass all European printed material. Meticulous indexing and specialist search fields ensure relevant and precise results each time.