The following chronological list includes existing plucked-string tablatures from 1500-1599, as well as sources known to have existed that are now lost. Eventually, links will be established for most entries, giving more complete bibliographical information. Note that the list contains primarily music in some form of lute or guitar tablature, not music in staff notation that might possibly have been played on the lute or other plucked string instrument.
The names of places have been given their modern English equivalent, for consistency, and the modern political names of the countries in which these cities are located have been added in brackets. The following sources were used in compiling this list:
[BOETTICHER 1979] = Boetticher, Wolfgang. "Zur inhaltichen Bestimmung des für Laute intavolierten Handschriftenbestands." Acta Musicologica 51:2 (Jul.-Dec., 1979): 193-203.
Brown, Howard Mayer. Instrumental Music Printed before 1600: A Bibliography (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1979)
[COELHO] = Coelho, Victor. The Manuscript Sources of Seventeenth-Century Italian Lute Music. (New York: Garland, 1995).
[CRAIG-McFEELY 1992] = Craig-McFeely, Julia. "Fragments of English Lute Music I: The British Library." Lute Society Journal (UK) XXXII (1992): 72-82
[CRAIG-McFEELY 1993] = Craig-McFeely, Julia. "Fragments of English Lute Music II: Oxford Libraries." Lute Society Journal (UK) XXXIII (1993): 34-54.
[NG] The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (New York: Grove, 2001)
[RISM A] Einzeldrucke vor 1800 (Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag, 1971- ).
[RISM B] Recueils imprimés: XVIe-XVIIe siècles (München: G. Henle, 1960- ).
[RISM B/VII] = Boetticher, Wolfgang. Handschriftlich Überlieferte Lauten- und Gitarrentabulaturen des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts (Munich: G. Henle, 1978)
[SMT] = Sources manuscrites en tablature: Luth et théorbe (c.1500-c.1800), Christian Meyer, ed. (Baden-Baden & Bouxwiller, Valentin Koerner, 1991- )
[TYLER] = Tyler, James. The Guitar And Its Music: From The Renaissance To The Classical Era (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)
[TYLER 1980] = Tyler, James. The Early Guitar: A History and a Handbook (London: Oxford University Press, 1980)
[YAKELEY] = Yakeley, M. June. "New Sources of Spanish Guitar Music for the Five-Course Guitar." Revista de musicología 19:1-2 (1996): 267-286.
Also see the statistical survey of contents, for information about the type of genres included in each book and the extent of reprinted material in the sixteenth century.