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Coverage Dates: 1640-1700
Sources Covered: 70,000+ titles

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Overview

A subset of Early English Books Online (EEBO) and an extension of the STC I database, this resource covers a vital period in English history, based on Donald Wing's Short-Title Catalogue of English-Language Books.

Spanning the tumultuous years of the English Civil War, the Interregnum, and the Restoration, this collection continues the mission of STC I to preserve valuable research materials on microfilm. With both STC I and STC II, libraries will have available for their scholars an unparalleled resource.

While the notable features and purposes of this collection are the same as those of STC I, STC II contains larger bodies of titles in certain subject areas such as the arts, the sciences, popular culture, and women’s studies. In addition, the historical perspective of an era that saw the rise of a mercantile class, the first English settlements in North America, and the development of secular philosophy and empirical science provide research possibilities into trends in British ethos and philosophy.

Students of the arts can access critical discourses on art and literature, such as:

  • Edward Filmers Defense of Dramatick Poetry (1698)
  • Pierre Monier’s History of Painting (1699)
  • Henry Purcell’s A Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord (1696)

For physical scientists, the collection includes books by Boyle, Newton, and Galileo, as well as popular scientific tracts such as Nicholas Culpeper’s The English Physician (1652). Students of women’s studies will find useful the editions of works by Aphra Behn, Anne Killigrew, and Margaret Cavendish.

Accessing Early English Books Online II

The database is available on the Web through a custom interface.

MARC records are available for purchase separately.

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