E-texts relevant to the history of the book in the 1640s and 1650s

by Nick

This is more for me as a reference than anything else; but in case anyone finds it useful, here is a compendium of free e-texts available online that are important for anyone researching the history of the book trade during the mid-seventeenth century.

In many cases the metadata on these texts is really not up to scratch: for example, the Internet Archive’s version of the Calendar of State Papers, Domestic for the 1640s are all labelled identically, with no indication of which years each volume covers. Very frustrating! So hopefully this post should be of use to others apart from me. If you have anything else to add to the list let me know.


Calendar of State Papers, Domestic

Parliamentary records

Stationers’ Register




Thomason Tracts


Printed images

Other databases and catalogues