This English edition published in 1570 represents the continuing popularity of the book. Written by the humanist Sebastian Brant in 1494 in German, the text saw many editions in different languages. The author lampoons a variety of fools, including many that sound familiar (e.g., corrupt judges and incompetent doctors).
The Huguenot commander, Francois de La Noue (1531-91), was a leader during the wars of religion. In this military treatise (published in 1588) he discusses questions of strategy, tactics, and political philosophy. For example, he considers whether the Christian princes, if united, could drive the Turks from Europe.
"Containing a learned and pleasant discourse of the best state of a publick weal, as it is found in the new island called Utopia."
[Philadelphia] : London, Printed, Philadelphia reprinted and sold by James Chattin, 1753.
Originally published in 1516 in Latin, Utopia describes a fictional island nation and its politics, society, and religion.
Cambridge : Printed by Thomas Buck, 1639.
By Thomas Fuller, an English historian and churchman. The book is a history of the crusades; this copy also contains his work The Holy State which provides examples of how people should behave in public and private lives. The copy is also annotated in a contemporary hand on interleaved sheets.
" Or, A compendious chronicle and historie of the whole Christian world: Containing the originall of all monarchies, kingdomes, and estates, with their emperours, kings, princes, and the gouernours; their beginnings, continuance, and successions, to this present time. The first institution of armes, emblazons, kings, heralds, and pursuiuants of armes: With all ancient and moderne military orders of knight-hood in euery kingdome. Or duelloes or single combates, with their originall, lawes, and obseruations."
By Andre Favyn. London: Printed by W. Iaggard, dwelling in Barbican, and are there to be sold, 1623.