That’s a big topic. One recent book, focused on the English Renaissance, is English Renaissance Translation Theory (ed. by Neil Rhodes, with Gordon Kendal and Louise Wilson, MHRA, 2013). The introduction provides a nice overview of this trend, at least in England, between about 1485 and 1660. Another source is the series, The Oxford History of Literary Translation into English, a multi-volume, multi-editor series, published through OUP.
Agreed with the excellent suggestions in previous posts; and it is a huge topic. See also the just-released 2nd ed of Douglas Robinson’s anthology of texts (Western Translation Theory from Herodotus to Nietzsche; Routledge). At the risk of self-reference, I’d like to mention to a resource coming out soon that might prove helpful, especially to those interested in early modern translation. In conjunction with this,
a Folger Year-Long Colloquium on translation, a series of bibliographies and other items will be posted on the new Folgerpedia. It’s under construction at the moment, but once the Colloquium gets rolling in October and November, you’ll find an array of resources there, intended as an ongoing, interactive set to which participants will continue to add over time. Hope that helps,
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