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The following title pages are presented in chronological order based on date of publication. While traditional spellings have been used in the descriptions/links, the typographic rules have been modernized.

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The Fayte of Armes & of Chyvalrye
by Christine de Pisan (1489)

The governaunce of good helthe, by the most excellent phylosopher Plutarche, the moste eloquent Erasmus beynge interpretoure
by Plutarch (translated by Erasmus, 1530)

The Treasure of Evonymus, conteyninge the wonderfull hid secretes of nature, touchinge the most apte formes to prepare and destyl Medicines, for the conservation of helth
by Conrad Gesner, translated by Peter Morwyng (London, 1559)

The Arte of Warre
by Nicholas Machiavell, translated by Peter Whitehorne (London, 1560)

The Pedegrewe of Heretiques. Wherein is truely and plainely set out, the first roote of Heretiques begon in the Church, since the time and passage of the Gospell, together with an example of the offspring of the same
by John Barthlet (London, 1566)

The Foure bookes of Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Briefelye contayninge a plaine forme, and perfect knowledge of Martiall policye, feates of Chivalrie, and whatsoever pertayneth to warre
by Flavius Vegetius Renatu (London, 1572)

The Booke of Faulconrie or Hauking, for the Onely Delight and pleasure of all Noblemen and Gentlemen
by George Turbervile (London, 1575)

All the famous Battels that have bene fought in our age throughout the Worlde, as well by sea as lande
by John Polomon (London, 1578)

Guydos Questions, Newly Corrected
by Guido de Caulliaco (London, 1579)

Bullokars Booke at large, for the Amendment of Orthographie for English speech
by William Bullokar (London 1580)

Ane Breif descriptioun of the qualiteis and effectis of the well of the woman hill besyde Abirdene
by Gilbert Skeyne (1580)

Hypnerotomachia. The Strife of Love in a Dreame
by Francesco Colonna (London, 1592)

The Examination of mens Wits
by John Huarte (London, 1594)

The Courtiers Academie: Comprehending seven severall dayes discourses
by Count Haniball Romei (1598)

Certaine experiments concerning fish and fruite
by John Taverner (London, 1600)

A Defence of Tabacco, with a Friendly Answer to the late printed Booke called Worke for Chimny-Sweepers, &c.
[no author] (London, 1602)

Ane verie excellent and delectabill Treatise intitulit Philotus. Quhairin we may persave the greit inconveniences that fallis out in the Mariage betwene age and youth
by Philotus (Edinburgh, 1603)

Thomas Coryate, Travailer For the English wits, and the good of this Kingdom
by Thomas Coryate (no place, 1616)

Tobacco Tortured, or, the Filthie Fume of Tobacco Refined
by John Deacon (London, 1616)

An Approved Treatise of Hawkes and Hawking
by Edmund Bert (London, 1619)

Microcosmus, or the Historie of Man
by Samuel Purchas (London, 1619)

Phylaster, or, Love lyes a Bleeding
by Francis Baymont & John Fletcher (London, 1620)

The Compleat Gentleman
by Henry Peacham (London, 1622)

Astrologomania. The Madnesse of Astrologers. Or An Examination of Sir Christopher Heydons Booke, Intituled A Defence of Judiciarie Astrologie
by George Carleton (London, 1624)

The Chyrurgians Closet: or, An Antidotarie Chyrurgicall
by Thomas Bonham (London, 1630)

An Explanation of the Fashion and use of three and fifty Instruments of Chirurgery
by Ambrosius Pareus (London 1631)

Gods Power and Providence: Shewed, in the Miraculous Preservation and Deliverance of eight Englishmen, left by Mischance in Green-land Anno 1630. nine moneths and twelve dayes
by Edward Pellham (London, 1631)

Learned Tico Brahæ, his Astronomicall Conjectur of the new and much Admired [Star] Which Appered in the year 1572
by Ticho Brahe (London, 1632)

Learned Tico Brahæ, his Astronomicall Conjectur of the new and much Admired [Star] Which Appered in the year 1572 (opposite page)
by Ticho Brahe (London, 1632)

The Rudiments of Militarie Discipline: Conteining short instructions for the most necessary postures with Pike and Musquet, and motions for exercising a companie
Author unknown (Edinburgh, 1638)

Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies
The first folio (1638)

The Historie of Life and Death
by Francis Bacon (London, 1638)

The Compleat Woman
by Jacques du Bosc (London, 1639)

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A Short Treatise Declaringe the Detestable Wickednesse of Magicall Sciences
by Francis Coxe (London, 1561)

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