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British Literature: Early Modern

A guide to British Literature tools and resources.

Manuscripts and Early Printed Books: Catalogs

The combined catalog of nearly 100 major UK and Irish libraries.

Manuscripts and Early Printed Books Online

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Located on the third floor of the Main Library, holds numerous editions and rare works of incunabla, medieval manuscripts, early modern works, and many other treasures in bibliographic history. It most prominently has a rich Shakespeare collection that include all four folios, a set of Pavier quartos (1619), a copy of the 1640 Poems, and the stationer's fragment (ca. 1603–1607) that documents the possible lost play by Shakespeare, Love's Labor’s Won. The RBML also holds 16th- and 17th-century editions of works by John Northbrooke, Thomas Kyd's Spanish Tragedy, Thomas Heywood, William Prynne's Histro-mastix, among many others.

Research Databases

Subject Headings

Use the following subject headings to search for books, periodicals, and electronic resources in the library catalog:


English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700

English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism

English literature--16th century

English literature--16th century--History and criticism

English literature--17th century

English literature--17th century--History and criticism


English poetry--16th century

English poetry--16th century--History and criticism

English poetry--17th century

English poetry--17th century--History and criticism


English drama--16th century

English drama--16th century--Criticism, Textual

English drama--16th century--History and criticism

English drama 17th century

English drama--17th century--Criticism, Textual

English drama 17th century--History and criticism