Newsbooks were the 17th-century precursors to today's newspapers.[1] Originating in England and Scotland, they are distinct from the earlier news periodicals, known as corantos, which were sourced from Europe.

Front cover of the Perfect Diurnall for January 16–23, 1654, with which Mabbot was associated.


The first newsbook was published in November 1641, and in the years 1641-2 there were 171 different editions available.[2] The newsbooks were strongly partisan until Parliament regained control of the press in September 1649. [3]

Newsbooks often contained satirical poems, or otherwise formal reports of major news events.

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  1. ^ "Newsbook". The Economist. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  2. ^ Frank, Joseph (1961). The Beginnings of the English Newspaper, 1620–1660. ISBN 9780674331952.
  3. ^ Raymond, Joad. The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks 1641-1649. p. 13.