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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Before 1600

One percent standard: 1,000 copies

(Authors color-coded by nation of origin/publication: British Colonies, England, France, Medieval or Ancient)

Fables, Aesop
(Mott. Written circa 580 BCE; first published in English in 1484. First American edition: 1750)


Institutes of Christian Religion, John Calvin
(Hart. Written in 1536; translated into English in 1561. First American edition: 1813)

Geneva Bible, various
(No American editions, but it was the Bible of choice for the vast majority of the first English colonists to settle in New England)

Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter, Thomas Sternhold and John Hopkins
(First complete edition: 1562; no American editions were ever published, but the Sternhold and Hopkins Psalter was the hymbook used by most English colonists until the Bay Psalm Book's publication in 1640)

Book of Martyrs, John Foxe
(Mott & Hart. First American edition: 1793)

ca. 1592
The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe
(Mott. First English edition: 1604; first American edition: 1733)

Essays, Francis Bacon
(Mott. First American edition: 1688)

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