Manuscript archives hold a truly incredible corpus of early modern correspondence, which is only recently being started to be mined in a more concerted way. However, because the Herculean task of producing some kind of cross-collection finding aid / “map” of both correspondence and correspondents has yet to be taken up, this remains a very fragmented field of study.
The following is merely a short selection – for a much longer bibliography, see the page from the Scaliger Project listed at the end.
15th century – proto-Republic of Letters
- Poggio Bracciolini (1380-1459). Collected letters of 1436, 1438/1444 and 1455.
16th century – Republic of Letters
- Erasmus (1469–1536) published his own correspondence in 1521 (Epistolae ad diversos) and 1529 (Opus epistolarum). Latin.
- Pietro Aretino (1492–1556). Italian.
- Guidiccione, Caro, Ruscelli, Domenichi, Tasso, Tolomei (all mentioned in “Cultural Exchange in Early Modern Europe”)
- Pedro Mártir de Anglería (c.1456–1526) – 813 letters, published in 1530. Latin.
- Tadeas Hajek
- Andreas Dudek
17th century – correspondence collections & projects
- Carolus Clusius (1526-1609) Project at Leiden University
- Tycho Brahe – correspondence edited by Dreyer as “Tychonis Brahe Dani Opera Omnia” (better known as “TBDOO”) in 15 volumes (Copenhagen 1913-1929).
- Marin Mersenne (1588-1648) – Correspondence published in 17 volumes
- Lipsius – La Correspondance de Juste-Lipse conservée au Musée Plantin-Moretus
- Peiresc (1580-1637) Correspondence Network – Tamizey de Larroque edited seven volume of the “Lettres de Peiresc”, but died before completing the project.
- Juan Caramuel Lobkowitz (1606-1682)
- Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) – Correspondence Volume I (1622-1659) and Volume II (1660-1679) edited by Noel Malcolm.
Correspondence projects organized under the aegis of CELL at Queen Mary College, London:-
- Correspondence of Francis Bacon
- Diplomatic Correspondence of Thomas Bodley
- Letters of William Herle
- Letters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia (three volumes, OUP)
- William Dugdale
- Work diaries of Robert Boyle
The Scaliger Project at the Warburg Institute has a hugely helpful webpage on early modern correspondence, listing references for many obscure figures such as Caspar Barlaeus (1602-1648), Jacques Daléchamps (1513-1588), Joh. F. Gronovius (1631-1671), André Rivet (1595-1650),Gerardus Joannes Vossius (1577-1649), etc.