Readership: Libraries will be asked to buy it by literature specialists, book historians and print culture and by economic and social historians of the period. Librarians themselves will welcome it as a reference tool to help them
with readers' enquiries. Libraries outside the UK whose users have no direct access to manuscripts in London archives will find it invaluable.
The volumes will not remove the need for serious researchers to see the original documents which lie behind the abstracts, but the abstracts are quite full and will provide a key resource for anyone distant from UK archives such as Stationers' Hall and the Public Record Office. Scholars abroad will be able to use the volumes both for their information content and to find the level of referencing which will enable them to assess resources in archives before planning research trips.
Donald McKenzie, Formerly Professor of Bibliography and Textual Criticism, Oxford University, and Maureen Bell, Reader in English Literature and Head of English Department, University of Birmingham
"...we should celebrate the names of McKenzie and Bell for their Herculean endeavours in the service of bibliographical scholarship." - Ian Gadd, Journal of Printing Historical Society
"They are immensely practical, and attractively printed. The amount of labour they conceal is astonishing. Maureen Bell has done a tremendous public service in producing them." - Joad Raymond, The Times Literary Supplement
"It is impossible to overestimate the importance of this book; all of those involved in it, but particularly Maureen Bell who brought so great a project to completion, deserve our gratitude and our admiration." - John Feather, Sharp News
"No-one whose work involves books
printed and published in Britain between 1640 and 1700 can afford to neglect these volumes." - David McKetterick, The Book Collector
"These three valuable volumes are a synthesis of projects independently conceived and undertaken by Maureen Bell and the late Don McKenzie between two and three decades ago, and now completed by Bell. They offer a digest of all the references to the book trade and its workers in some of the key printed records for seventeenth-century bibliographical history... They will certainly save researchers a great deal of time and open up new leads. Maureen Bell has done a tremendous public service in producing them." - Joad Raymond, Times Literary Supplement
Volume I (this volume)
Calendar and Chronology 1641-1670
Volume II (also available)
Calendar and Chronology 1671-1685
Volume III (also available)
Calendar and Chronology 1686-1700