Further Information and Pricing

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A unique resource for research in the Enlightenment

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (previously SVEC) is well-known as being the foremost series devoted to Enlightenment studies and has published over 500 peer-reviewed scholarly volumes since 1955, covering wide-ranging aspects of the eighteenth century and the Enlightenment, and is published in English or French.

A partnership between the Voltaire Foundation and Liverpool University Press is making volumes from the series available online for the first time through Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment ONLINE.

At present, more than 400 of the previously published volumes from the series have been digitised, with further archive volumes to follow in 2020.

The digital text is fully searchable, and the online platform offers the ability for readers to save their own notes, highlights, and bookmarks on their own electronic copies and to export or print portions of each book.

What are the benefits to your library?

  • Comprehensive: First published in 1955, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment is the foremost series focusing on Enlightenment studies.
  • International: 417-volume digital collection with over 100,000 pages of highly-regarded content publishing in both English and French, from Au prisme de Rousseau to Voltaire and the Parlements of France.
  • Interdisciplinary: A broad overview of a variety of subjects relating to the Enlightenment including: history, cultural studies, literature, biography, religious studies, philosophy, and gender studies.
  • Interactive: Available on our new super-fast, feature-rich online eReader which presents volumes with a crisp fully-scalable image and the ability to zoom in, bookmark, copy text, print, and download.
  • Renowned authors: Noted contributors include Marc-André Bernier, Dan Edelstein, Colin Jones, Céline Spector, Marian Hobson, and Ritchie Robertson.
  • Key texts: Volumes selected for the launch include Dramatic battles in eighteenth-century France by Logan J. Connors, Sublime disorder: physical monstrosity in Diderot’s universe by Andrew Curran, and Voltaire and Protestantism by Graham Gargett.
  • Digitally preserved: all content is digitally preserved in the CLOCKSS Archive.

“We consider this an important, and very exciting, step forward for eighteenth-century scholarship, as it makes the full body of the important work published in the series more visible than ever for today's readers, and ensures wider and more enduring accessibility for rising and future generations of students and scholars.”
– Professor Gregory Brown (General Editor, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment)


Free 30-day trials

A 30-day free trial of 100 volumes in the digital collection published between 1964-2001 is available to your institution. Please email your institution's name, address, primary contact (with email address), and IP range to Ally Lee.


2019 Pricing (for orders placed before end of August 2019)

One-off purchase of 217 volumes: £8,700* / US $12,400


2020 Pricing

One-off purchase of 417 back list volumes: £11,300* / US$14,500

Customers who have purchased the initial 217 volumes by the end of August 2019 can purchase the 200 newly digitised additional back list volumes for £1,300* / US$1,700

* UK subject to VAT


Online access will be available in perpetuity and there is no obligation to purchase future content.


How to order

To place an order

Please email Jennie Collinson, Head of Sales