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CHECK-LIST OF EARLY ENGLISH PRINTING, 1475-1640,
IN THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Long a somewhat indefinite project, the printing of this list at this time comes largely as a result of a request from Mr. A. W. Pollard for help in connection with the union list of Early English Printing he is now editing for the Bibliographical Society of London.
It includes all works published in England, Scotland, and Ireland, whether in English or other languages, and all works in the English language published abroad, through 1640. The basis of the list was the shelf list of the Reserve Collection, supplemented by further checking in the effort to obtain a record of volumes not embraced in the Reserve Collection. Unfortunately the Library has no complete catalogue of its early printing and doubtless some titles have been omitted.
Certain discrepancies in the form of entry and a certain lack of uniformity will doubtless be observed, due to the fact that it was possible to examine personally only a portion of the works listed, reliance in other cases being had upon the printed catalogue entries, which have not maintained a complete uniformity throughout the years.
In the case of certain works, notably the Bible, where the entries have been much abbreviated, reference has been made to bibliographies where fuller descriptions may be obtained. This, it is hoped, will aid in the easier identification of the editions listed. The principal works referred to in this connection are T. H. Darlow and H. F. Moule's "Historical Catalogue of the Printed Editions of Holy Scripture in the Library of the British and Foreign Bible Society," Lea Wilson's Catalogue of Bibles in his collection, Francis Fry's "Description of the Editions of the New Testament, William Tyndale's Version in English," and William Cowan's “A Bibliography of the Book of Common Order."
Much help has been obtained from the British Museum Catalogue of Early English Printing and the Henry E. Huntington Library Catalogue of Early English Books.
DANIEL C. HASKELL.