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"The British Library houses the world's greatest collection of English literary manuscripts. Despite the work done by scholars in the past generations, it is evident that these sources'especially those of the 16th and 17th centuries have never been fully exploited; moreover, that a systematic bibliographical and textual study of them is still largely in its infancy."
-- Dr. Peter Beal, Compiler of Volumes 1 (1450-1625) and 11 (1625-1700) of the Index of English Literary Manuscripts (London, 1980)
Series One: The English Renaissance--Literature from the Tudor Period to the Restoration, c.1500-c.1700
The English Renaissance makes available the British Library Collection of literary manuscripts for the main periods of the 16th and 17th centuries; Tudor, Elizabethan, Jacobean, Caroline, Civil War and Restoration.
Part One: Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Manuscripts from the Sloane and Additional Manuscripts, Section A
Part Two: Sloane/Section B
Part Three: Sloane/Section C
Part Four: Manuscripts from the Sloane and Additional, Arundel, Burney, Cotton, Egerton, Hargrave and Lansdowne Collections
Part Five: Manuscripts from the Royal, Kings' and Stowe Collections
Part Six: Manuscripts from the Harleian Collection
Series Two: The Eighteenth Century, c.1700-c.1800
This second series of material from the British Library covers all aspects of 18th century literary activity. Biography, travel writing, poetry, drama and the novel are all well represented.
Part One: Manuscripts from the Sloane and Additional Manuscripts
Part Two: Manuscripts from the Sloane and Additional, Burney, Egerton, Harleian, Kings', Lansdowne, and Stowe Collections
Part Three: Edward Gibbon Manuscripts
Series Three: The Medieval Age, c.1150-c.1500
This collection constitutes one of the most important medieval literature collections in the world with works by all the best-known writers, alongside a wealth of fascinating lesser-known works which offer new research opportunities.
Part One: Manuscripts from the Sloane and Additional Manuscripts, Section A
Part Two: Section B