Classic Texts – 16th Century

  1. Bible. The Vulgate New Testament with the Douay version of 1582 in parallel columns. London, 1872. [1582]
  2. Bodin, Jean. The Six Books of the Commonweal. London, 1606. [Orig 1577]
  3. Caxton.  Caxton’s Mirror of the World. London: Early English Text Society, 1913. [Orig, 1490]
  4. Columbus, Christopher. Personal narrative of the first voyage to America. 1827.
  5. ____________________. Select letters of Christopher Columbus. 1847.
  6. ____________________. The Journal of Christopher Columbus during his first voyage and documents relating the voyages of John Cabot and Gaspar Corte Real. 1893.
  7. Cortes, Hernan. The Despatches of Hernando Cortes: The Conqueror of Mexico, Addressed to the Emperor Charles V. 1843. [Orig. 1520]
  8. De las Casas, Bartolome. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Orig: 1552.  [1656 edition: The Tears of the Indians.]
  9. Duplessis-Mornay. Vindiciae contra tyrannos: A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants. London, 1689. [Orig. 1579]…. Text of the 1660 Amsterdam edition available at
  10. Dürer, Albrecht. Records of journeys to Venice and the Low Countries. 1913. [Orig 1506, 1521]
  11. Machiavelli, Nicolo. The Prince and Other Pieces. London, 1886. [Orig: 1513]
  12. Machiavelli. Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius. London, 1883. [Orig: 1517]
  13. Montaigne, Michel de. The Essays. …. Volume 2. New York, 1897 [Orig 1580]
  14. Moore, Thomas. Utopia. New York, 1901. [Orig 1516]
  15. Mumby, Frank. The Girlhood of Queen Elizabeth: A Narrative in Contemporary Letters. Houghton Mifflin, 1909.
  16. Pacioli, Lucca. Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proportioni et proportionalità. 1494. “Particulars of Reckonings and their Recordings.” In John B. Geijsbeek, ed., Ancient Double-Entry Book Keeping. 1914.
  17. Rabelais, Francois. Selections from Gargantua. New York: 1903. [Orig ~1540]
  18. _______________. Five Books of the Lives, Heroic Deeds, and Sayings of Gargantua. 1892. [Orig ~1532]
  19. Respublica. A play on the Social Condition of England at the Accession of Queen Mary. London: Early English Text Society, 1905. [Orig. 1553]
  20. Wright, Thomas, ed. Three Chapters of Letters Relating to the Suppression of Monasteries. From the Originals in the British Museum. London: The Camden Society, 1843.

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