On trial: Early European Books

Following a request from staff in History the Library currently has trial access to all collections available in ProQuest’s Early European Books, a database that aims to trace the history of printing in Europe from its origins to 1700.

While the Library already gives you access to Collections 1-4, this trial period gives you access to the further 7 collections currently available in Early European Books.

You can access this resource via the E-resources trials page. Access is available both on and off-campus.

Trial access ends 15th September 2017.

Building on the success of Early English Books Online (EEBO) – which the Library already has access to – Early European Books is set to encompass all European printed material, and material printed in European languages, from the early modern period.

Early European Books provides full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources and each item is captured in its entirety, complete with its binding, edges, endpapers, blank pages and any loose inserts, providing scholars with a wealth of information about the physical characteristics and provenance histories of the original artefacts.

Screenshot showing page from ‘L’histoire naturelle et generalle des Indes, isles et terre ferme de la grand mer Oceane. Traduicte de castillan en françois’ by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés (1555) [from Early European Books].

The contents are drawn from major repositories including the Danish Royal Library, the National Central Library in Florence, the National Library of France, the National Library of the Netherlands, and the Wellcome Library in London.

As well as containing significant works by Aristotle, Copernicus, Descartes, Erasmus, Kepler, Luther and Spinoza, Early European Books also contains pamphlets and almanacs and the works encompass all the major fields of human endeavour, including science, medicine, philosophy, theology, literature, history, political science, travel and exploration.

Access Early European Books via e-resources trials.
Access available until 15th September 2017*.
Feedback welcome.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) can be accessed via the Databases A-Z list.
* Access to collections 1-4 from Early European Books will remain after the trial period ends and can be accessed via Databases A-Z list. The Library has previously purchased these collections.

Access is only available to current students and staff at University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for History, Classics and Archaeology