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Timeline Outline ViewEra: 1600 - 1650   |   Theme: Book History


1600 – 1700English Book Owners in the 17th Century. A Work in Progress Listing by David Pearson 1600About 350,000 Separate Titles Were Printed by 1600 1606Fray Juan Bautista Issues the First Bibliography Published in the New World 1608Odoardo Fialetti Creates Probably the First Printed Manual for Drawing Human Anatomy May 20, 1609Thomas Thorpe Issues the First Edition of Shakespeare's Sonnets November 1609 – March 13, 1610Galileo Issues Images of Revolutionary Discoveries Concerning the Universe; and the Story of a Remarkable Forgery 1610The Maronite Monastery of St. Anthony at Qozhaya Issues the First Book Printed in the Arab World 1610 – 1612Possibly the Earliest Extant Examples of Wall-Shelving are in Duke Humfrey's Library 1611
The library at Hereford Cathedral. (View Larger)
At Hereford Cathedral the Largest Historic Chained Library in the World
1617Minsheu's "Ductor in Linguas," The First Book Sold by Subscription and the First Book to Include a List of Subscribers 1617Michael Maier Publishes Early Multimedia: Words, Images and Music 1617Hermannus Hugo Issues the First History of Writing June 1618"Courante uyt Italien, Duytslandt, &c.," the First Newspaper Published in Broadsheet Form 1619Probably the Earliest Records of the Charges for Trade Bindings in England 1621"Corante. . . ," the First Printed News Sheet or Newspaper Published in English 1621Robert Burton Publishes a Classic on Depression 1623Preface to the First Folio Edition of Shakespeare’s Plays by Henrie Condell and Iohn Heminge 1627
Detail from plate from of De lactibus sive lacteis venis.  Click to see and resize image of entire page.
Gasparo Aselli's Book Includes the First Color-Printed Medical Illustrations
Detail from plate 1 of Exercitatio anatomica de motu cordis et sanguinis in animalibus.  Please click on link below to view and resize entire image.
William Harvey Publishes His Discovery and Experimental Proof of the Circulation of the Blood
1630Francesco Stelluti Issues the First Book Containing Images of Organisms Viewed through the Microscope May 30, 1631Th̩ophraste Renaudot Issues "La Gazette", the First French Weekly Magazine 1633George Herbert Publishes Some of the Earliest Printed Examples of Concrete or Shaped Poetry 1633The Earliest Multicolor Printed Book is Issued by the Ten Bamboo Studio in Nanjing 1635The Earliest Documented 15th Century Printed Book in North America July 11, 1637A Decree of the Star Chamber Concerning Printing July 11, 1637 1639Stephen Dayes Establishes the First Printing Press in North America: No Copies of the First Two Imprints Exist 1639Bernhard von Mallinckrodt Coins the Term Incunabula 1640Stephen Daye Issues the First Book Written & Printed in North America, North of Mexico 1640Abolition of the Star Chamber Court Stimulates Publishing 1643Comandatore Geronimo Marulli Issues the First Book Printed on Malta 1644John Milton Issues Aereopagitica: "For Books are Not Absolutely Dead Things; but Doe Contain a Potencie of Life . . . ." 1650John Dury Writes the First Book on Librarianship in English Circa 1650 Р1703
A painting of Samuel Pepys by John Hayls, 1666.
Samuel Pepys' Library: One of the Most Significant Private Libraries Preserved Intact from 17th Century England, in its Original Bookcases
1650Possibly the Earliest High-Level Printed Scientific Book Written by a Woman