Early English Books Online (Phase 2)
EEBO-TCP is a partnership between the Universities of Michigan and Oxford and the publisher ProQuest to create accurately transcribed and encoded texts based on the image sets published by ProQuest via their Early English Books Online (EEBO) database (http://eebo.chadwyck.com). The general aim of EEBO-TCP is to encode one copy (usually the first edition) of every monographic English-language title published between 1473 and 1700 available in EEBO.
EEBO-TCP aimed to produce large quantities of textual data within the usual project restraints of time and funding, and therefore chose to create diplomatic transcriptions (as opposed to critical editions) with light-touch, mainly structural encoding based on the Text Encoding Initiative (http://www.tei-c.org).
The EEBO-TCP project was divided into two phases. The 25,363 texts created during Phase 1 of the project were released into the public domain as of 1 January 2015. The 28,462 texts of Phase 2 were released into the public domain as of July 2020. Anyone can now take and use these texts for their own purposes, but we respectfully request that due credit and attribution is given to their original source.
Users should be aware of the process of creating the TCP texts, and therefore of any assumptions that can be made about the data.
Text selection was based on the New Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (NCBEL). If an author (or for an anonymous work, the title) appears in NCBEL, then their works are eligible for inclusion. Selection was intended to range over a wide variety of subject areas, to reflect the true nature of the print record of the period. In general, first editions of a works in English were prioritized, although there are a number of works in other languages, notably Latin and Welsh, included and sometimes a second or later edition of a work was chosen if there was a compelling reason to do so.
Image sets were sent to external keying companies for transcription and basic encoding. Quality assurance was then carried out by editorial teams in Oxford and Michigan. 5% (or 5 pages, whichever is the greater) of each text was proofread for accuracy and those which did not meet QA standards were returned to the keyers to be redone. After proofreading, the encoding was enhanced and/or corrected and characters marked as illegible were corrected where possible up to a limit of 100 instances per text. Any remaining illegibles were encoded as <gap>s. Understanding these processes should make clear that, while the overall quality of TCP data is very good, some errors will remain and some readable characters will be marked as illegible. Users should bear in mind that in all likelihood such instances will never have been looked at by a TCP editor.
The texts were encoded and linked to page images in accordance with level 4 of the TEI in Libraries guidelines.
Copies of the texts have been issued variously as SGML (TCP schema; ASCII text with mnemonic sdata character entities); displayable XML (TCP schema; characters represented either as UTF-8 Unicode or text strings within braces); or lossless XML (TEI P5, characters represented either as UTF-8 Unicode or TEI g elements).
Keying and markup guidelines are available at the Text Creation Partnership web site.
These texts are available according to the terms of Creative Commons 0 1.0 Universal. The texts can be copied, modified, distributed and performed, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.
TextEEBO-TCP (Phase 2)I, Thomas Andersone of [illegible], obilge [sic] me, my heirs, and executors to pay to the Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies, or to whom they shall appoint the sum of [fifty] [illegible]...Date of publication:
1696Description:Blanks in text filled in in ms, much of which is illegible. Signed at end: Thomas Andersone, Patrick [illegible]. Reproduction of the original in the National Library of Scotland.This item contains 4 files (26.45 KB).Publicly Available
TextEEBO-TCP (Phase 2)Prometheus Christianus, or, A treatise shewing the folly and vanity of atheism and containing the solution of the main arguments of the Socinians, the Arrians, the deists, and other unitarians ... : whereunto is annex'd the refutation of some dogmatical points of a modern author relating to the trinity / by John Sauvage ...Date of publication:
1695Description:Reproduction of original in the Lambeth Palace Library (London, England).This item contains 4 files (129.85 KB).Publicly Available
TextEEBO-TCP (Phase 2)Truth further defended, and William Penn vindicated; being a rejoynder to a book entitutled, A brief and modest reply, to Mr. Penn's tedious, scurrilous, and unchristian defence, against the bishop of Cork. Wherein that author's unfainess is detected, his arguments and objections are answered. / By T.W. and N.H.Date of publication:
1700Description:Errata: p.  at end. Reproduction of original in: Friends' Library (London, England).This item contains 4 files (748.85 KB).Publicly Available
TextEEBO-TCP (Phase 2)A new and perfect relation of the takeing and apprehending five pyrates, viz. P.F. J.M. J.F-G. Irish-men. I.G. and I.F. English-men. That stole a merchants ship in Amsterdam; and having her at sea, they killed all the men that were aboard the ship, and brought her to Ireland, and there sold her merchants goods. Together with their tryals, speeches, and confessions at the place of execution; as they, were truly gathered by one that was present at their tryals and execution. By D.M.Date of publication:
1670Description:Place and date of publication from Wing. The words "P.F. .. English-men." are connected on title page by a complex series of brackets. Reproduction of the original in the British Library.This item contains 4 files (59.06 KB).Publicly Available
TextEEBO-TCP (Phase 2)A sermon against murder: by occasion of the Romanists putting the Protestants to death in the dukedome of Savoy. / By William Towers, B.D.Date of publication:
1655Description:Annotation on Thomason copy: "May. 5.". Reproduction of the original in the British Library.This item contains 4 files (139.37 KB).Publicly Available