Free Trial Access to Early European Books (EEB)


The following has been forwarded from Emma Longden at ProQuest.  Readers are encouraged to post responses to Early English Books — Thanks, AB

Free trial to ProQuest’s Early European Books now available

ProQuest is pleased to offer a free open trial to Early European Books to EMOB readers – hurry, access ends Monday 22nd April, 2013

Every day in universities worldwide, early modern scholars turn to ProQuest’s Early English Books Online as the definitive source of incunabula and early printed works in English. But EEBO, of course, provides only a partial view of intellectual life in early-modern Europe. In fact it contains only 4% of the continent’s printed output of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. What of intellectual life beyond the British Isles?

Users of EEBO can now internationalize their research through ProQuest’s acclaimed new companion resource Early European Books.

Through the highest quality digital reproductions of thousands of printed works by important writers and thinkers working in continental Europe pre-1700, Early European Books gives researchers an international overview of early print culture during this vibrant period of history.

Over four million pages have already been scanned in high-resolution colour, including images of all pages, bindings and page-edges, allowing for a detailed examination of each book’s history and provenance. All volumes are digitized on-site at participating libraries, which to date include Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Bibliothèque nationale de France (from June 2013), Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, and Wellcome Library, London. These digital scans have been gathered in a bespoke platform with search capabilities tailored to the needs of the specialist early modern researcher to provide the most detailed tool for early printed sources available.

ProQuest is delighted to offer EMOB users a free open trial of Early European Books until Monday 22nd April, 2013

Click here to access the Early European Books Open Trial

Want more time to explore the resource? University-based members can also contact their librarian to arrange a 30 day institutional trial.  For queries about this trial, or to share post-trial feedback about your experience of using Early European Books please email

4 Responses to “Free Trial Access to Early European Books (EEB)”

  1. Eleanor Shevlin Says:

    We are pleased that ProQuest is offering EMOB readers two-week free access to explore Early European Books.


  2. Early European Books free trial | Skulking in Holes and Corners Says:

    […] of Early Modern Online Bibliography, there’s a free trial of EEB, through 22 April. This collection consists of pre-1700 books […]


  3. Anna Battigelli Says:

    I like the option of searching for specific attributes such as manuscript marginalia.


  4. Eleanor Shevlin Says:

    I agree. The options for searching EEB suggest increased attention to user’s needs and interests–especially in terms of materiality as this list of search possibilities illustrates:

    • Chart
    • Clasps, ties or other closures
    • Coat of arms
    • Colour
    • Form
    • Genealogical table
    • Handwritten page/insert
    • Illuminated lettering
    • Illustrated page borders
    • Illustration
    • Manuscript marginalia and other annotations
    • Map
    • Musical notation
    • Plate
    • Plan
    • Portrait
    • Printed marginalia
    • Printers’ marks – colophon
    • Printers’ marks – title page
    • Rubricated text

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