17th-century print

Bibliography of English Women Writers 1500-1640

Valuable resource forresearchingwomen writers, “feminine” genres, and related issues. Available from the A-Z Database on the Stevenson Library website. Corset circa 1671-1680.

Describing the news

The nature of news in 17th-century England, from Mercurius Politicus.

Early Modern Literary Studies

The English Emblem Book Project

George Thomason

Richly detailed account of the life of the bookseller to whom we owe much of what we know about the civil war period. For a brief overview of the contents of the collection, see “About the Thomason tracts.”

The Milton Reading Room

Collection of John Milton’s poetry and selections from his prose. What makes this site so valuable is that it annotates Milton’s writing better than most printed volumes I’ve seen. If any writer needed annotating, it’s Milton. Like T.S. Eliot, he’s always showing off his classical education, plus the political writings have specific targets that may elude even those who have a fair grasp of the contestations of the mid-17th century. Helpful research links, too. Neat that the site is the result of collaboration between a Dartmouth professor and students.

Oxford English Dictionary

Restricted for Bard College use from the Stevenson Library A-Z Databases.

Printers’ & Publishers’ Devices in England & Scotland 1485-1640, ed. Ronald B. McKerrow, London 1913

Useful for attempting to identify an unknown printing house. Nicolas Okes’s charming device is a mythological play on his last name, Jove’s tree being the oak.

A Short Guide to Learning about an Early Modern Pamphlet

From the blog Philobiblon, this post and the comments it generated about a printer’s device provide a helpful research plan.


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