v.1. From the beginnings to the cycles of romance. - v.2. The end of the middle ages. - v.3. Renaissance and reformation. - v.4. Prose and poetry: Sir Thomas North to Michael Drayton. - v.5-6. The drama to 1642, pt. 1-2. - v.7 Cavalier and Puritan. - v.8 The age of Dryden. - v.9 From Steele and Addison to Pope and Swift. - v.10. The age of Johnson. - v.11. The period of the French revolution. - v.12-14. The nineteenth century. - v.15. General index.