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Format: Reel guides and a cross-index listing entry numbers from the Pollard and Redgrave bibliography provided free with collection. Each reel begins with a contents page. MARC records also available, many exclusively through ProQuest Information and Learning.
Media: Units 1-74--2,202 reels of 35mm microfilm (ongoing collection)
Coverage Dates: 1475-1640
Sources Covered: 30,890 titles; 30,854 volumes (to date)

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Overview

From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this incomparable microfilm collection contains nearly all of the 26,500 titles listed in A.W. Pollard and G.R. Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue and its revised edition. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements of students and scholars in the areas of English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, and the fine arts.

The collection comprehensively documents the magnificent English Renaissance--an era that witnessed the rebirth of classical humanism, the broadening of the known world, and the rapid spread of printing and education.

The writings of such revered authors as Spenser, Bacon, More, Erasmus, and Shakespeare provide unique windows onto the landscape of English history during this period. The examples from the collection listed below provide only a cursory glance at the scope of materials in the thousands of titles included.

Great Literary Works With this collection, scholars and students of literature can examine the earliest editions of such classics as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Malory's Morte d'Arthur. Textual scholars are able to compare variations in the early quarto editions of Shakespeare's plays with the renowned First Folio edition of 1623, and the great Renaissance authors can be studied in light of lesser known literature from the era.

Material for the Historian The original, printed version of royal statutes and proclamations, military, religious, legal, Parliamentary, and other public documents are reproduced in the collection. And social historians gain insight into the lives of the common people through almanacs and calendars, broadsides and romances, plus popular pamphlets such as The Trail of Witchcraft, showing the true and righte method of discovery (1616).

Research in Religion Scholars will find a host of sermons, homilies, saints' lives, liturgies, and the Book of Common Prayer (1549). The King James translation of the Bible (1611) can be studied in relation to earlier English translations, and Latin, Greek, and Welsh translations invite comparison with the English version.

Other Areas of Study for:

  • science historians--beginnings of modern science
  • political scientists--debates on the divine right of kings
  • classicists--Greek and Latin authors in influential Renaissance translations such as Chapman's Homer
  • linguists--definitive data for the study of Early Modern English
  • musicologists--numerous early English ballads and carols
  • art historians and bibliophiles--a unique opportunity to analyze early typefaces and book illustrations

Individual reels may be purchased from this collection.

  • Content Type: Reel guides and a cross-index listing entry numbers from the Pollard and Redgrave bibliography provided free with collection. Each reel begins with a contents page. MARC records also available, many exclusively through ProQuest Information and Learning.

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