An extensive anthology of familiar Italian and Northern European Renaissance writings, bound in attractive format with line cuts to head each chapter, captures the many-faceted spirit of the period. For the casual reader or student, this representative accumulation of important works affords a wealth of reading from which to choose as well as a solid survey of the guiding ideas of the time. Here, for perusal, are sonnets from Petrarch, tales from Boccaccio, lives from Vasari, Cellini on Necromancy selections from Orlanda Fur, Pico's essay on the Dignity of Man, and Machiavelli's on the Prince- and more. Moving to Spain there are chapters from the works of Juan Luis Vives, and Cervantes- and from the northern countries- France and Holland, there are Rabelais' Pantagruel, writings from the Pleiade poet, du Bellay, and from Lipsius, Luther, Erasmus, and Kepler. There are the notable omissions, but an anthology can only go so far. Mr. Haydn and Mr. Nelson, both recognized Renaissance scholars, have put their heads together successfully on a needed treasury from one of the most exciting literary periods in our history.