Other Renaissance Literature items of interest in Special Collections


Sir Francis Bacon New Atlantis (1628) Sp Coll Ferguson Ag-y.23 and (1631) Sp Coll BC12-y.13

Arthur Golding Caius Julius Caesar (1565) Sp Coll BD2-k.50 and Metamorphoses (1567) Sp Coll Bo2.g-6

George Herbert The Temple (1635) Sp Coll Bi6-l.30

John Lyly Euphues. The anatomie of wit... (1606) Sp Coll 1173

William Shakespeare Poems (1640) Sp Coll Hunterian Cm.2.10

'Easter-wings', a pattern poem.


Raphael Holinshed Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (1587) Sp Coll Hunterian I.1.7
Used by Shakespeare as source material for many of his history plays.

Geoffrey of Monmouth Historie regum Britanniae [History of the Kings of Britain] (1508) Sp Coll Bo1-i.18
One of the many sources used by Spenser when writing The Faerie Queene.

Double page opening showing the beginning of the story of Macbeth in the copy of 'Holinshed's Chronicles' held by University of Glasgow Library Special Collections.


There are many Bibles held by the Special Collections Department. The following is a very small selection of the many English translations printed between between 1510 and 1660.

Biblia. The Bible that is, the holy scripture of the Old and New Testaments. faithfully and truly translated out of Douche and Latyn in to English... (1535) Sp Coll Euing Dp-b.2 and Sp Coll f233

The Bible: that is, the Holy Scriptures Conteined in the Old and New Testaments... With... annotations... (1590) Sp Coll Euing Ds-g.17

The Byble, : which is all the holy Scripture... (1537) Sp Coll Bk8-e.11

The Holy Bible, conteyning the Old Testament, and the New: newly translated out of the originall tongues... [King James authorised Bible] (1611) Sp Coll Eadie e2

The Bible: translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke... (1611) Sp Coll Eadie q7 and Sp Coll Euing Dp-f.13

The Holy Bible: containing the Old Testament and the New... (1643)  Sp Coll Euing Dk-i.17

The Holy Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments... (1655) Sp Coll Euing Dk-i.15

The New Testament.

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