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The Folger collections include the world's largest Shakespeare collection and other early modern books and manuscripts on a wide variety of disciplines. Browse through the many documents in our archives, accompanied by teacher-generated suggestions for your classroom. Share your own ideas with colleagues from around the world. New sources will be posted on this page each month during the school year.
 

 
A Revelation of the Holy Apocolapys

The author of A Revelation of the Holy Apocolapys, Hugh Broughton (1549-1612), was an English scholar with Puritan leanings. Between 1589 and 1591, he spent time in Germany, where he learned Hebrew and engaged in discussions with the …


 

Instructions to a Son


Archibald Campbell, the first Marquis of Argyle, while imprisoned for treason, wrote this instructive tract. Included in this book are sections on various aspects of life, such as religion, marriage, judgment and friendship. Each section …


 
The moste pleasante arte of the interpretation of dreames.....

Most people would associate the interpretation of dreams with Sigmund Freud or perhaps Carl Jung and other twentieth-century psychologists. The soothsayer, Artemidorus of Daldianus, though, lived in the second century in Roman Asia, and his …



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