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Browse the shelves of a seventeenth-century bookshop.

William Corbett was a bookseller in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the seventeenth century. When he died in 1626, an inventory of his shop was made, listing over a thousand books, mentioning around two hundred of them by name. This is an incredible insight into what books the Newcastle public were buying and reading at that time.

William Corbett’s will and the inventory of his house and shop are held by Durham University Special Collections and can be found in their online catalogue, here.

This site was created by Claire Boreham as part of the Making the Archives Public project at Newcastle University, 2015-16.

With thanks to Lydia North, Durham University Special Collections, Newcastle University Special CollectionsNewcastle City Library and Queen's University Belfast Special Collections.

Any questions or comments? Email corbettsbookshop@outlook.com or tweet @archive_claire.