One of the most widely distributed books of the 16th century, Castiglione's 1528 Il Cortegiano was first published in English in 1561. This copy is from from 1577. The title page is decorated with a wood-block ornamental arch and borders signed: A.S. [Anton Sylvius of Antwerp]. An ornamental initial heads each section.
Heywood, a playwright and actor, wrote this treatise in praise of women, drawing examples from history and literature. He dedicated the text to his patron, the Earl of Worcester, whose daughters he praises for their accomplishments and virtues. (Published 1624)
The author, Henry Peacham, wrote this guidebook for young men, emphasizing education and training. Its popularity is demonstrated by the fact that it went through three editions in three years. (Published 1627)