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Browse Periodicals by Date

The Browse Periodicals by Date page allows you to browse all periodical content in EEBO by the year and month in which it was published, and to view a list of issues for a particular date. It provides access to:

  • Corantos - broad sheet publications issued mainly in the Netherlands in 1620 and 1621, the earliest news publications in the English language
  • Newsbooks - the quarto-format news publications issued in the period 16221642
  • Thomason Periodicals - preserved in the British Library's Thomason Tracts collection (16411663).

Corantos and Newsbooks are slightly different in character to the other periodicals in EEBO, and have been treated in a slightly different way to make them fully accessible to users.

Each individual coranto and newsbook is accessible throughout EEBO via a bibliographic record that documents exactly its unique title and date information, making it easy to retrieve particular items when browsing. Each is also linked to an additional bibliographic record that groups together associated corantos and newsbooks according to the various series identified in Folke Dahl's definitive work A Bibliography of English Corantos and Periodical Newsbooks 16201642 (London: Bibliographical Society, 1952). These additional records allow users to reconstruct the original serial order in which corantos and newsbooks were issued. Both types of record are accessible in Browse Periodicals by Date page.

For example, users can access images of the newsbook entitled A relation of the King of Svveden, his happie and incomparable successe and victories..., which formed number 22 in a series of newsbooks printed for Nathaniel Butter and Nicholas Bourne from 1629 to 1631, in two ways:

  • via its own bibliographic Full Record, which gives the full title and date of the individual item (A relation of the King of Svveden etc., 18th February-14th March 1631) and additional notes specific to it
  • via a record with the title Newbooks Seventh Series: Printed for Nathaniel Butter and Nicholas Bourne, c.16291630 - 29 Nov. 1631. , which links to images of all the newsbooks from this series available in EEBO

You can go directly to a particular month and year by selecting a month and year from the drop-down lists at the top of the page and clicking Go. The list will then scroll to a list of issues for the year and month you have chosen. Alternatively, you can browse the list in the following ways:

  • by clicking the 'Show all issues' link for the year you are interested in;
    or
  • by clicking the plus icon next to a year. The display will expand to show a list of months. Click the plus icon next to a month to view a list of issues for that month.

When you have expanded a level in the browse list, the plus icon will change to a minus icon; you can click this to contract the level and return to the original display. If you have clicked the 'Show all issues' link and expanded the browse for that year to its fullest extent, the link will change to read 'Hide all issues'; click this to collapse the display.

Each issue-level entry in the browse list consists of the title, reel position, issue number and date, and is preceded by the following icons:

add to marked list icon / remove from marked list icon Add/Remove from Marked list icon - clicking this will add, or remove the Full Record for this issue to, or from your Marked List.

document image icon Document Image icon - clicking this icon will take you to the Document Image page.

See also: Browse Periodicals by Title.