History of Britain to 1750

The books listed below are a sample of the 16th and 17th century holdings in ZSR’s Special Collections & Archives.


  • Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande. Holinshed, Raphael, d. 1580? DA130 .H73 1577. At London: Imprinted for Lucas Harrison, 1577.
  • Principall navigations, voiages, and discoveries of the English nation. Hakluyt, Richard, 1552?-1616. G240 .H144 1598. London: Imprinted by George Bishop, Ralph Newberie and Robert Barker, 1598-1600.
  • The faerie qveene. Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599. PR2358 .A1 1609. London: Printed by H.L. For Mathew Lownes, 1609. First folio edition of Spenser’s epic poem.
  • The Famous Tragedy of the Rich Jew of Malta. Marlowe, Christopher, 1564-1593. PR2666 .A1 1633. London: Printed by I.B. for Nicholas Vavasour, 1633 First edition in print. Marlowe’s play was probably written in 1589 or 1590, and it was first performed in 1592.
  • LXXX sermons preached by that learned and reverend divine, Iohn Donne. Donne, John, 1572-1631. BX5133 .D61 1640. London: Printed for Richard Royston, 1640.
  • The speeches of Sr. Benjamin Rudyer [sic] in the high court of Parliament. Rudyerd, Benjamin, Sir, 1572-1658. DA390 .R8 1641. [London?]: Printed for Thomas Walkly, 1641.
  • A Warning For England: Especially For London, In The Famous History Of The Frantick Anabaptists, Their wild Preachings & Practices in Germany. BX4933.E5 W3 1642. 1642.
  • An exact collection of all remonstrances, declarations, votes, orders, ordinances, proclamations, petitions, messages, answers, and other remarkable passages betweene the Kings most excellent Majesty, and his high court of Parliament. Great Britain. Parliament (1642-1643). DA412.1642 .G5 1643. London: Printed for Edward Husbands, T. Warren, R. Best, 1643.
  • A vindication of churches, commonly called independent. Burton, Henry, 1578-1648. BX5201 .B8 V5 1644. London: Printed for H. Overton, 1644.
  • Trvth trivmphing over falshood, antiqvity over novelty. Prynne, William, 1600-1669. BR757 .P7 1645. London: Printed by J. Dawson, 1645.
  • The Dippers dipt. Or, The Anabaptists duck’d and plung’d Over Head and Eares. Featley, Daniel, 1582-1645. BX4930 .F3 1645. London: Printed for Nicholas Bourne…and Richard Royston, 1645.
  • Eikōn basilikē: The pourtraicture of His Sacred Majestie in his solitudes and sufferings. Charles I, King of England, 1600-1649 DA400 .C4 1648 CLS. 1648 [i.e. 1649]
  • The moderate intelligencer (London: 1645-1649) no. 209 ; March 22, 1649. Dillingham, John, fl. 1630-1670, ed. DA411 .M63 1649. [London]: Printed for R. Leybourn, [1649].
  • Sylva sylvarum: or, A naturall history. In ten centuries. Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626 QH41 .B2 1651. London: Printed by J. F. for William Lee, 1651. 6th edition (first published 1627).
  • Leviathan: or, the matter, forme, & power of a common-wealth ecclesiasticall and civill. Hobbes, Thomas, 1588-1679. JC153 . H6 1651. London: Printed for Andrew Crooke, 1651.
  • An ordinance appointing commissioners for approbation of publique preachers. England and Wales. Lord Protector (1653-1658: O. Cromwell) DA420 .L3 1653o. London: Printed by William du-Gard and Henry Hills, 1653.
  • The reign of King Charles; an history faithfully and impartially delivered and disposed into annals. L’Estrange, Hamon, 1605-1660. DA395 .L68 1655. London: Printed by E.C. for Edward Dod [etc.], 1655. This work, which Thomas Fuller praised, ends with the execution of Strafford. Peter Heylyn attacked it in Observations on the History of King Charles, 1656.
  • A compleat history of the life and raigne of King Charles, from his cradle to his grave. Sanderson, William, Sir, 1586?-1676. DA395 .S22. London: Printed for Humphrey Mofeley, Richard Tomlins, and George Sawbridge, 1658. First edition of Sanderson’s biography of Charles I. Sanderson was a staunch supporter of the Stuarts.
  • Cabala, sive Scrinia sacra, mysteries of state and government. Henry VIII, King of England, 1491-1547, et al. DA370 .C28 1663. London: G. Bedell and T. Collins, 1663. Collection of MS letters, most likely owned by Duke of Buckingham; first published 1651.
  • Aerius redivivus; or, The history of the Presbyterians. Heylyn, Peter, 1599-1662. BX5053 .H49 1674. Oxford: Printed for Jo. Crosley, 1670.
  • Ecclesia restaurata, the history of the reformation of the Church of England. Heylyn, Peter, 1600-1662. BX5053 .H49 1674. London: Printed by R.B. for H. Twyford, J. Place, and T. Basset, 1674. “The 3rd ed., with the addition of a very useful table of all the principal matters contained in the whole book.”.
  • The sceptical chymist; or, Chymico-physical doubts & paradoxes, touching the experiments whereby vulgar spagirists are wont to endeavour to evince their salt, sulphur and mercury, to be the true principles of things. Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691. QD27 .B75 1680. Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall for Ric. Davis and B. Took, 1680.
  • The Tatler: The lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq. Addison, Joseph, |d 1672-1719, and others PR1365 .T2 1710a. London: Printed and sold by John Morphew, near Stationers-Hall, 1710-1711.
  • Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Newton, Isaac, Sir, 1642-1727. QA803 .A2 1713. Cantabrigiae: [s.n.], 1713. Second edition (first published 1687).