Collection of 16th and 17th century books and pamphlets, including facsimilies. An extensive collection of early works, it contains in excess of 3,700 items, including 20 incunabula (i.e. printed before 1500), 267 STC and 1,430 Wing items, relating to a wide range of subject areas reflecting the interests and pre-occupations of writers of this period. Included can be found general works and early editions of titles concerning the classics, history, religion and the Church (both Protestant and Roman Catholic), politics, law and government. Of particular interest are the titles acquired by the University under the British Library’s Background Materials Scheme for the periods 1625-34 and (latterly) 1650-59. Pamphlets and other titles dealing with and commenting on personalities and events leading up to the civil war (1645-49) and during the interregnum are therefore prominent. Works of Irish interest from this period can also be found with materials concerning, for example, the Siege of Derry, 1690, the Irish Parliament and the 1641 rebellion, well represented. The collection also includes a comprehensive series of facsimilies taken from ‘The English Experience, its Record in Early Printed Books.’
The collection is particularly strong for works dating from 16th and 17th centuries both in original forms and facsimilies. Material concerning subjects and happenings of this period are therefore well represented.
Approx. 3,787 items including 1191 folios; 26 outsized folios, 160 pamphlets, 5 pamphlet quartos 424 quartos and 1494 volumes.
Details of the Early Printed Book Collection can be found on the QUB on-line catalogue (QCAT), prefixed "y". The catalogue is available at:
Queen's University Belfast has legal ownership of this collection.
New additions depends on availability of suitable items for purchase and budgetry considerations.