A look at the earliest english books

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In 1938, information powerhouse ProQuest began a massive project to preserve the very earliest books printed in English. 70 years later, more than 130,000 books from the birth of printing in 1473 through 1699 have been digitized, enabling broad online access, precision searching and protection from the ravages of time.Take a look at a selection of pages from this unique database.

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  • Henry Purcell was a composer, organist and singer. He composed for the church, the stage, and popular entertainment.
  • A look at the earliest english books

    1. 1. A LOOK AT THE EARLIEST ENGLISH BOOKS
    2. 2. Preserving the world’s knowledge In 1938, information powerhouse ProQuest began a massive project to preserve the very earliest books printed in English. 70 years later, more than 130,000 books from the birth of printing in 1473 through 1699 have been digitized, enabling broad online access, precision searching and protection from the ravages of time. Take a look at a selection of pages from this unique database.
    3. 3. The Origins of English Printing 1/21/2015 3 “here begynneth the volume intituled and named the recuyell of the historyes of Troy,…” Printed by William Caxton, 1473 Bib Name / Number:STC (2nd ed.) / 15375 Copy from: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery William Caxton (1421-1491)
    4. 4. Literature 1/21/2015 4 The works of F. Rabelais, M.D., or, The lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and Pantagruel … done out of French by Sir Tho. Urchard, Kt., and others. London : Printed for Richard Baldwin, 1694 Bib Number: Wing / R104 Copy from: University of Illinois
    5. 5. Science 1/21/2015 5 Micrographia, or, Some physiological descriptions of minute bodies made by magnifying glasses by Robert Hooke, 1635-1703. London : Printed for James Allestry ... and are to be sold at his shop ..., 1667 Bib Number:Wing / H2620 Copy from: Library of Congress
    6. 6. Music 1/21/2015 6 Orpheus Britannicus, A collection of all the choicest songs for one, two, and three voices by Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695. London : Printed by J. Heptinstall for Henry Playford ..., 1698 Bib Name / Number:Wing / P4218 Copy from: Harvard University Library

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