Words in Titles, 1789-1914

This run is limited to words in the titles of books. This data covers the 1,681,161 books that were published in English in the UK in the long nineteenth century, 1789-1914. We have  normalized the data by making the charts relative–i.e., frequency of books with these words in the titles in each year–rather than simply using the absolute numbers of books with the words in the titles in each year. Aside from the first six words, the charts graph the data from zero to one percent of all books published in a year so that they are on the same scale and can be visually compared.

Multiple printings of a book in a single year have been collapsed into one “expression.” That is, the data has been partially FRBRized. One could argue that we should have accepted the accentuation of popular titles that went through many printings in a single year, but editions and printings in subsequent years do count as separate expressions. We did not go up to the level of “work” in the FRBR scale, which would have collapsed all expressions of a book into one data point.

Not at the same scale (because greater than 1% of all books in more than 2 years)
Bible
Christ
Christian
church
God
modern

Same scale (0-1%; some had wildly anomalous spikes for a year that were clipped at 1%)
Aristotle
churches
city (clipped at 1%)
divine
evil
faith
false
force
geometry
Gospel
Greece
happiness
Heaven
Hell
heroic
honour
hope
improvement (clipped at 1%)
industrial
Jesus
labour
liberty (clipped at 1%)
logic
love (clipped at 1%)
machine
marriage
mathematics
mechanical
Middle Ages
money
noble
opinion
Plato
pleasure
pleasures
power
progress
religion (clipped at 1%)
revelation
revolution (clipped at 1%)
Rome
sacred
science
scientific
sin
Socrates
truth
universal
vice
virtue
work
worship

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