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July 2015

“Iterations” Three pairs and a triple, Multiple copies of Early books! {part 1}

Today I have chosen to write about the books which I have multiple copies of, Often I find Libraries which multiple copies of very rare books and I think ‘wow I’d like to compare them’ so today going through my own stock I have indulged to do just that!. I Begin with the three  editions of Wild’s in four copies of the Iter boreale.

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First I’ll address the 1678 editions!  In Donald Wing’s

A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America and of the English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641-1700 , Listed for 1668 there are two Octavo variants, one of 122 pages (wing W2136) the other of 120 pages. (wing W2136A)

To the left is the 122 page text my

#807E Wild, Robert. 1609-1679

Iter Boreale, with large additions of several other poems, begin an exact collection of all hitherto extant. Never before published together.

London: printed for the booksellers in London, MDCLXVIII                                             $4,800 Octavo, 6 x 3.5 inches . First Complete edition, Fourth edition overall A (-A1) B -G H (-H8). “The recantation of a penitent Proteus” and “The fair quarrel” with separate title-pages. There are at least two editions of 1668. Leaves A1 and H8 are blank and lacking . This is the ‘Huth copy’ , It is bound in full modern polished calf, recently rebacked. A very tidy copy.

The title-poem first appeared separately in 1660; a smaller collection that this one (1668) appeared in 1661, and was reprinted in 1665. Wild, a Puritan divine, met with popularity of his poetry rather disturbed such non-literary friends as Richard Baxter. Included here are “The Norfolk and Wisbech Cock-Fight,” “Upon Some Bottles of Sack and Claret,” a satire on the political contortions of Nathaniel Lee, and a number of ballads and elegies. Not a particularly common book; the new edition of Wing does not locate copies in the British Library, Harvard, or Yale (though these have a variant, status undetermined, with 120 pp. of text, as opposed to 122 pp. here {but more about that later on})

Wing W2136; Grolier 976; Hayward 121 ; CBEL II, 488. 


472F Wild, Robert. 1609-1679 Iter Boreale, with large additions of several other poems, begin

472F Wild Iter Boreale
472F Wild Iter Boreale

an exact collection of all hitherto extant. Never before published together.

London: printed for the booksellers, 1668.                      $4,800

Octavo, 4 3/4 X 3 1/2 inches. First Complete edition, Fourth edition overall . A7,B-G8, H7 Like the other edition of 1668 “The recantation of a penitent Proteus” and “The fair quarrel” with separate title-pages The present is mispaged and the first line of the imprint ends: Lon-.

Leaves A1 and H8 are blank and lacking . This edition consists of 120 numbered text pages , beginning at page 5 then two leaves (four pages) of ‘The Table”  This copy is bound in eighteenth century full calf nicely rebacked.

Wing W2136a;  Grolier 976; Hayward 121 ; CBEL II, 488.

The day is broke! Melpomene, begone;
Hag of my fancy, let me now alone;
Nightmare my soul no more; go take thy flight
Where traitors’ ghosts keep an eternal night;
Flee to Mount Caucasus and bear thy part
With the black fowl that tears Prometheus’ heart
For his bold sacrilege; go fetch the groans
Of defunct tyrants, with them croak thy tones.
Go see Alecto with her flaming whip,
How she firks Nol and makes old Bradshaw skip.
Go make thyself away — thou shalt no more
Choke up my standish with the blood and gore
Of English tragedies: I now will choose
The merriest of the nine to be my Muse,
And, come what will, I’ll scribble once again.
The brutish sword hath cut the nobler vein
Of racy poetry; our small-drink times
Must be contented and take up with rhymes.
They’re sorry toys from a poor Levite’s pack,
Whose living and assessments drink no sack —
The subject will excuse the verse, I trow;
The venison’s fat, although the crust be dough.

Wild’s DSC_0030Iter Boreale at once became enormously popular. Dryden. who calls Wild ‘the Wither of the city,’ says ‘I have seen them reading it in the midst of ‘Change so vehemently that they lost their bargains by the candles’ ends.’ Pepys, who first read the poem in August 1663, is half ashamed of not having seen it before, and says, a little grudgingly, that he likes it ‘pretty well, but not so well as it was cried up’ (Diary, ii. 207). The recitation, by Mr. Pelling, of many of Wild’s other ‘good verses’ formed part of his Christmas-day entertainment four years later (ib. iv. 299). John Oldham, in his ‘Satyrs on the Jesuits’ (1681, p. 3), also couples Wild with Wither. The popularity of Wild’s poems evoked numerous imitations, answers, libels, and vindications. One of the latter, ‘A Scourge for the Libeller’ (London, 1672), asserts that ‘every unfathered sheet that’s thrown abroad’ is attributed to Wild (cf. Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1663-4 p. 379, 1664-5 p. 144).
DSC_0034Wild’s latter verse is largely elegiac. His satirical efforts are, however, more characteristic. Besides those already mentioned, the chief are: ‘A Horrible, Terrible, and Troublesome Historical Narration, or the Relation of a Cock Fight fought at Wisbech ‘ (London, 1660, fol. ; reprinted in Cotton’s ‘Compleat Gamester,’ 1680); ‘The Recantation of a Penitent Proteus, or the Changeling’ [see art. Lee, Nathaniel]; and ‘The Poring Doctor.’ ‘Doctor Wild’s Poem In Nova Fert Animus … or a New Song to an Old Friend from an Old Poet upon the Hopeful New Parliament’ (two editions 1679), is probably his, but some doubt attaches to ‘An Exclamation against Popery,’ or ‘A Broadside against Popery ‘ (London [14 Nov.], 1678), and ‘Oliver Cromwell’s Ghost, or Old Noll newly revived’ (n.d. fol.) The second edition of ‘Iter Boreale ‘ (London, 1661, 8vo) and the third (1605, 8vo, a printer’s error for 1665) contained twenty others of Wild’s poems. This collection was augmented in the edition of 1668 (London, 8vo; reprinted 1670, 8vo; 1671, 8vo, an unauthorised edition; and with a new title-page, 1674, 8vo). A few of Wild’s poems were included in ‘Rome rhymed to Death; being a Collection of Choice Poems’ (London, 1683, 8vo), mostly by John Wilmot, second earl of Rochester [q. v.], several of whose productions were ascribed to Wild.

Copies of the poems and the numerous broadsides which they called forth are in the ‘Luttrell Collection’ (vols. ii. and iii.), the ‘Roxburghe’ and ‘Bagford Ballads,’ and in a collection of poetical sheets numbered C. 20, f. 2, at the British Museum. Wild’s own poems were edited with an historical and biographical preface by the Rev. John Hunt (London, 1870, 8vo).


730G Robert Wild 1609-1679

Iter Boreale, with large additions of several other poems, begin an exact collection of all hitherto extant. Never before published together.

London: printed for John Williams, in Cross-Keys-Court in Little Britain (no date but 1670, In this edition the final “N” of “London” in imprint is swash.)                            $4,800

Octavo 5 1/2 X 3 1/4 inches. A7,B-G8, H8 + 4 leaves . “Upon the rebuliding of the city”.

Leaf A1 is blank and lacking . “The recantation of a penitent Proteus” has separate title page dated 1668; “The fair quarrel”, and “Upon the rebuilding the city” each have separate title page dated 1670; pagination and register are continuous for the first two; the latter is unpaginated. “The recantation” and “Upon the rebuilding the city” were also published separately. { 122, [14] p }   Second Complete edition*, fifth edition overall

This copy is bound in 18th century full polished calf. Wing W2137; Grolier 977;”Upon the rebuilding the city” identified as Wing W2154

Wing lists Us Holdings as : Harvard University
Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery
University of California, Los Angeles, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
University of Chicago
University of Illinois
University of Texas
University of Toronto, Library
Yale University.


OK so what is it about Wild’s poems …. I generally don’t like topical verse, instead I tend for art for art’s sake sort of poetry. That said, I find Wild’s writing not so much rigorous, rather it is rough and tumble, like Ezra Pound he pushes language (including metaphor, extra textuality and music  to express a depth of feeling beyond prose. But wait, is Wild metaphysic?

 Sure this doting Fool

The Poring Doctor
The Poring Doctor

Must once more to school

 Before his return to the Alter,

Such another mistake,

May possibly make

His neck to deserve a silk H—

Well of course not, yet the use of language here makes me stop and think, in restoration verse Wild seems overlooked

Maybe because he was out of his time? I have discovered that Wild was called “the poor mans metaphysical poetry “English Literature, 1660-1800: A Bibliography of Modern Studies …, Volume 6
By Curt Arno Zimansky” well there you go, In the “AGE OF DRYDEN” it is hard to find air to breath, yet I feel that Wild and Corbet (I’ll write about him soon) seem some how to have a little more integrity , i.e. lest more craftsmanly approach to the production of poetry than their contemporaries.

Ten books in english which are barely represented in American Libraries!

All of the books in today’s blog are represented in fewer than 6 libraries in North America.

The numbers on the slips represent the US holdings according to the ESTC
The numbers on the slips represent the US holdings according to the ESTC

700G      F.G. = Gregory, Francis .     1625?-1707     Oνομασικὸν βραχύ      (Onomastikon brachy)  sive. Nomenclatura brevis Anglo-Latino-Græca. In usum scholæ Westmonasteriensis. Per F.G. Editio duodecima emendata. Together with Examples of the five declensions of nouns; with the words in propria quæ maribus and quæ genus reduced to each declension_           DSC_0006          London : printed by J. Macock, for Richard Royston, book-seller to His most Sacred Majesty 1672                           $2,200   Octavo, 6 3/4 X 4 1/2 inches.   A-E8  This copy is bound in full original sheep cords worn  spine torn but sewing and binding still holding!   Gregory, born about 1625, was a native of Woodstock,  Oxfordshire. He was educated at Westminster under Busby, who, as he afterwards said, was not only a master but a father to him, and in 1641 was elected to a scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating M.A. in 1648. He returned to Westminster School as usher till he was appointed head-master of the grammar school at Woodstock. He was a successful teacher, and numbered among his pupils several sons of noble families. An ardent royalist he was chosen to preach the thanksgiving sermon for the Restoration at St. Mary’s, Oxford, 27 May 1660, and afterwards published it under the title of ‘David’s Return from Banishment.’ He also published ‘Votivum Carolo, or a Welcome to his sacred Majesty Charles II from the Master and Scholars of Woodstock School,’ a volume of English and Latin verses composed by Gregory and his pupils. Shortly afterwards he became head-master of a newly founded school at Witney, Oxfordshire, and 22 Sept. 1661 he was incorporated D.D. of Oxford University from St. Mary Hall. He was appointed a chaplain to the king, and in 1671 was presented by Earl Rivers to the living of Hambleden, Buckinghamshire. He. kept this post till his death in 1707. He was buried in the church, where a tablet was erected to his memory._   This book consists of Parallel vocabulary : Then Examples of the five declensions of nouns; followed by Examples of Adjectives. _   Not in Wing see G1899E a different printer                According to the ESTC there are 28 editions printed between 1651 and 1769 listing only eleven copies in the US, This copy is listed with only one copy at the Westminster School (where else could you expect?!)
















DSC_0008 250G Maulden, John. 1644-1714 A threefold dialogue, concerning the three chief points in controversy amo[ng] Protestants in our days. Viz. I. Whether the holy scriptures do prove the doctrine of free grace, or free will? II. Whether believers, or infant-baptism, be the ordinance of Christ? III. Whether the seventh, or first day of the week, be the sabbath of the Lord? Deliver’d in a familiar stile, easy for each capacity to understand. By Philotheos   London : [s.n.], printed in the year 1708.                 $950 Octavo, 6 1/4 X 4 inches . First and only edition A-F12 Bound in full early sheep. It is a good copy with deckel edges.   No copy in the US only two copies in the UK, All three of Maulden’s books are quite rare, none are represented outside of England.






















305G Buchanan, Cha. (Charles). b. 1660 or 61 The Nature and Design of Holy Days.                                                     London: printed by W. B. for Richard Sare, at Grays-Inn-Gate, in Holborn, 1705. $2,200 Octavo, . First Edition A-DSC_0004I4/8/K3 +19 Full page engravings. There is an engraved frontispiece, discolored, and nineteen full-page engravings extraneous to the text. Bound in full contemporary calfskin, leather cracked at front joint, some missing leather pieces, largely intact, contents with some browning along the gutters, some leaves becoming loose, endleaves with old tape, contemporary annotations. And Price on title page: Price 6d stitch’d, or 8d Bound. This book is not only rare but it is probably unique, with the illustrations, the Estc lists the book as anonymous, yet is undoubtedly but Charles Buchanan. ESTC makes no mention of frontispiece or illustrations. Three editions listed in ESTC, the first and third editions each only show one U.S. library location: the Houghton Library, the second edition has no North American holdings, see ESTC T170660.


904F Aristotle pseudo Possibly by Salmon, William. 1644-1713

DSC_0005 Aristotle’s master-piece: or the secrets of generation display’d in all the parts thereof; Containing 1. The Signs of Barrenness. 2. The way of getting a Boy or Girl. 3. Of the likeness of Children to Parents. 4. Of the Infusion of the Soul into the Infant. 5. Of monstrous Births and the Reasons thereof. 6. Of the benefit of Marriage to both Sexes. 7. The Prejudice of unequal Matches. 8. The discovery of Insufficiency. 9. The cause and cure of the Green-Sickness. 10 A Discourse of Virginity. 11. How a Midwise ought to be qualified. 12. Directions and Cantions to Midwives. 13. Of the Organs of Generation in Women. 14. The Fabrick of the Womb. 15 The use and action of the Genitals. 16. Signs of Conception, and whether of a Male or Female, 17. To discover false Conception. 18. Instructions for Women with Child. 19. For preventing Misoarriage 20. For Women in Childbed, 21. Of ordering new-born Infants; and many other very useful Particulars, To which is added, A word of Advice to both Sexes in the Act of Copulation, and the Pictures of several Monstrens Births. Very necessary for all midwives, nurses and young-married-women. London : printed for W.B. and to be sold by most booksellers in London and Westminster, 1704. $1,800 Duodecimo, 134X85 cm. A1-G12 H9 (lacking final three leaves) This copy is bound in its original full sheep binding, The top portion of the leather spine has been lost exposing the rather cheap and utilitarian sewing structure, some of the signatures are creeping out of the sewing, the corners are rounding, This is a book which has experienced heavy use. Originally published in 1684, this extremely popular work on generation and sexual reproduction was still being printed well into the 19th century. Despite it’s popularity or because of it it turns out that all early editions are rare, and there are very few pre 1741 editions in this country. English Short Title Catalog, T83424.Listing only one copy, University of Minnesota with the note “MATCHERS BEWARE! another issue without hyphen between “married “and “women”. Also, end of title reads…sexes in the act of copulation. Very necessary for all…” There ia another 1704 edition at Ohio State listing 135 pages (this edn is 183)















293G Russel, Robert. fl 1692   Seven Sermons: Viz. I. Of the Unpardonable Sin against the Holy Ghost: or, the Sin Unto Death. II. The Saint’s Duty and Exercise: in Two Parts. Being an Exhortation to, and Directions for Prayer. III. The Accepted Time and Day of Salvation. IV. The End of Time, and Beginning of Eternity. V. Joshua’s Resolution to Serve the Lord. VI. The Way to Heaven Made Plain. VII. The Future State of DSC_0009Man: or, a Treatise of the Resurrection. By Robert Russel, at Wadhurst, in Sussex Boston:Reprinted by John Allen, for John Eliot, at his shop in Orange-Street,1718                          $1,600   Duodecimo, 6 X 3.25 inches. A1 (lacking A2-A5) A6 B1&2, B5&6, CI6, K1&2,(lacking K3&4)L1&2 (lacking L3&4)L5&6, N1-6, O1 (lacking O2-5) O6, P1 (Lacking P2-5 (P6 blank) This book is bound in sheep over scabord and sewn on two leather sewing supports , a typical early American binding. All Editions of this book are quite rare, there are only two copies of the Boston editions both at American Antiquarian Society Worcester. Of Russell, I could find very little, yet he was immensely popular, especially in the colonies being reprinted in Boston in 1701, 1727 & 1728. There is no doubt that Russell’s style of sermonizing upon sin met with the Mather’s approval. All early editions are quite rare. Estc Locates only one copy at The American Antiquarian Society .   DSC_0004                        


























670G   Gurnay, Edmund.      ±1648 The demonstration of Antichrist. By Edmund Gurnay, Bach. Theol. p. of Harpley Norfolke London:Printed by I[ohn] B[eale] for Iames Boler, and are to be sold at the signe of the Marigold in Pauls Churchyard 1631     $2,900 Octavo, 5 1/4 X 3 1/4 inches. First edition A12,B5{ lacking b6 Blank}. This copy is bound in calf boards rebacked.       Gurney matriculated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, on 30 October 1594, and DSC_0007graduated B.A. in 1600. He was elected Norfolk fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1601, proceeded to M.A. in 1602, and B.D. in 1609. In 1607 he was suspended from his fellowship for not being in orders, but was reinstated by the vice-chancellor. In 1614 he left Cambridge, on being presented to the rectory of Edgefield, Norfolk, which he held till 1620, when he received that of Harpley, Norfolk. Gurney was inclined to puritanism, as appears from his writings. On one occasion he was cited to appear before the bishop for not using a surplice, and on being told he was expected to always wear it, ‘came home, and rode a journey with it on.’ He further made his citation the occasion for publishing his tract vindicating the Second Commandment. Thomas Fuller, who was personally acquainted with him, says: ‘He was an excellent scholar, could be humourous, and would be serious as he was himself disposed. His humours were never prophane towards God or injurious towards his neighbours.’ Gurney died in 1648. Gurney was married, and apparently had a son called Protestant (d. 1624—monument at Harpley). DNB STC (2nd ed.), 12529 [Stationer’s Register: Entered 29 January [1631.] Copies – N.America   :Folger Shakespeare &Huntington (only) Fuller’s Worthies, p. 258, ed. 1652





















606G Reading, John. 1588-1667 DSC_0004Dauids soliloquie. Containing many comforts for afflicted mindes. As they were deliuered in sundry sermons at Saint Maries in Douer. By Io: Reading.   Printed [by John Legat] for Robert Allot, and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Pauls Church-yeard at the signe of the Greyhound :1627         $950   Octavo, 5 1/2 X 3 inches . A-V X .Leaves A1, A11, A12 are blank. With additional engraved title page (plate), signed: F. Hulsius invenit et sculps·. This copy is bound in original soiled vellum. Reading matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, on 4 May 1604, and graduated B.A. on 17 October 1607. He took holy orders about 1614 and was chaplain to Edward la Zouche, 11th Baron Zouche of Haringeworth, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and governor of Dover Castle. After preaching at Dover many sermons before his patron, Reading was appointed minister of St. Mary’s on 2 December 1616, at the request of the parishioners, . He secured a position of influence in the town, and subsequently became chaplain to Charles I .  Although his sermons advocated Puritan principles, he supported the king’s cause in the English Civil War. In 1642 his study at Dover was plundered by parliamentary soldiers, and he was imprisoned for nineteen months.  By direction of Charles I, and William Laud,  Reading was made  the rector of Chartham, Kent, on 27 January 1643.  The House of Commons declined to sanction Reading’s institution, and appointed Edward Corbett. Laud refused to abandon Reading.  A prebend in Canterbury which was bestowed on Reading at the same time brought him no advantage. In July 1644 he was presented by Sir William Brockman to the living of Cheriton, Kent, and in the same year Reading was appointed by the Westminster Assembly to be one of nine commissioned to write annotations on the New Testament. Shortly after 1645, on the discovery of a plot for the capture of Dover Castle by the royalists, he was arrested by command of Major John Boys, and hurried to Dover Castle, and next day to Leeds Castle. There he composed the “Guide to the Holy City.”’ He was at length discharged by the parliamentary committee for Kent, and the restitution of his goods was ordered; but his livings were sequestered. On 8 DSC_0006January 1647 he was a prisoner in the Fleet Prison. On 10 March 1650 he attacked the right of unordained preaching in a public disputation with the baptist Samuel Fisher of Folkestone. Fisher used arguments from Jeremy Taylor’s “Discourse of the Liberty of Prophesying,”’ which Reading had already criticised in print.Reading was restored to his Dover living shortly before the English Restoration of 1660. On 25 May 1660 he presented to Charles II, on his first landing, a large bible with gold clasps, in the name of the corporation of Dover, and made a short speech, which was published as a broadside. He was shortly afterwards restored to Chartham, made canon of the eighth prebend of Canterbury, and reinstituted to Cheriton on 18 July . In October following the university of Oxford conferred on him the degree of D.D. per literas regias. Before August 1662 he resigned the living at Dover.   STC (2nd ed.), 20788 Estc Locates Folger and Huntington only






613G   Anon, . A Compleat history of the wars in Flanders, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and on the Rhine. Containing, a particular account of all the glorious victories and memorable sieges, during Her Majesty’s auspicious reign, under the command of the illustrious prince, John Duke of Marlborough, Lord Peterborough, and the Earl of Gallway: with the several sea-fights, and acquisitions in the Mediterranean, West-Indies, &c. Done from the most authentick accounts, and original letters of several ministers of state at home and abroad         .DSC_0005 London: Printer And sold at the Publishing-Office, in Dove-Court, near the Back-Door of the General Post-Office, in Lombard-Street,1707                                                                                                                                                                                      $2,400 Octavo, 3.25 X 5.5 inches . .   There are 3 editions of 1707 all are scarce. A2-4,B-H12, I8. This copy is bound in its original binding, It has been recently expertly rebacked . This book is a history of “Queen Anne’s War” Known as the “French and Indian war , in the northern theater , which ran from 1702 until 1713, this book was published right it the middle of it. Also Know as the “war of Spanish succession”, it was the second in a series of French and Indian Wars fought between France and England, later Great Britain, in North America for control of the continent. The War of the Spanish Succession was primarily fought in Europe. In addition to the two main combatants, the war also involved numerous Native American tribes allied with each nation, and Spain, which was allied with France. It was also known as the Third Indian War. This book penned by “a Well Wisher” chronicles the Victorious aspects of the war focusing on the Duke of Marlborough And Admiral Bembow, who was very active and successful in the Caribbean , His Expedition there is described in full detail including Bembow’s correspondence about the sea battles. Regarding the southern theater of Queen Anne’s War, in summer of 1702, the English captured the island of St. Christopher, but Admiral Benbow’s action against a French squadron along the Spanish Main was incomplete. After the English was unable to take Guadeloupe in 1703, the military campaigns in the West Indies consisted mostly ot privateering, which hindered English colonial trade. Hostilities in the south were highlighted by the British capture in the fall of 1703 of the city of Saint Augustine in Spanish Florida, and by a failed French and Spanish attack in 1706 against Charlestown in South Carolina. ESTSystem No.006209490 ESTC Citation No.T231012  Locating Huntington, Newberry and Peabody Essex only.



635F Covil, Samuel. fl 1680’s Mock poem: or, Whiggs supplication. Part I. DSC_0005Edinburgh : printed by James Watson, and sold at his shop opposite to the Lucken-Booths, 1711        $1,800 Octavo, 5 3/4 X 3 3/4 inches First Edinburgh Edition A-G8, H4. This copy is bound in modern quarter calf. Of Colvil’s personal history nothing is known. His first appearance as a writer is supposed to have been in 1673. A work printed at Edinburgh in that year is extant, entitled “An Historical Dispute of the Papacy and Popish Religion,” which bears to be written by “Sam. Colvil,” but whether this was the same individual who wrote the “Whigs’ Supplication” is not certain. The latter work was published at London, in duodecimo, in the year 1681. It was much read, and has even continued to be read, down to a late period. Samuel Colville, was a poet of considerable reputation. He is described as a gentleman ; * an expression which is perhaps intended to signify that he belonged to no profession ; and his name occurs in a ” bond of provision,” executed by his father on the 5th of May 1643. His popularity as a poet seems at least to have equalled his merit. His ” Whiggs Supplication” was circulated before it appeared in print, and manuscript copies of it are still to be found: it was published in the year 1681, and has passed through several editions. Colville is manifestly an imitator of Butler, but he displays a slender portion of Butler’s wit and humour. The language of his poem was apparently intended for English, but is interspersed with many Scottish words and idioms.   ESTC Citation No. T32966 Princeton,UCLA, U of Texas, Yale. Foxon, C308

















723G Langston, John. 1641-1704 Lusus poeticus Latino-Anglicanus in usum scholarum. Or The more eminent sayings of the Latin poets collected; and for the service of youth in that ancient exercise, commonly called capping of verses, alphabetically digested; and for the greater benefit of young beginners i the Latin tongue, rendred into English. By John Langston teacher of a private grammar-school near Spittle-fields, London .DSC_0005
London : printed for Henry Eversden at the Crown in Cornhil, near the Stocks-market, 1675. $1,400 Octavo, 5 3/4 X 3 3/4 Inches . First edition, 2nd edition in 1679 and 3rd edition in 1688. This copy is bound in full 17th century calf, recently expertly rebacked. This alphabetically arranged compendium of eminent sayings by Latin poets for the service of youth in capping of verses is the work for which Langston is best remembered. He issued a lesser known grammatical work, “Poeseos Graecae Medulla”, in 1679. He published nothing of a religious nature, but issued the following for school purposes: 1. ‘Lusus Poeticus Latino-Anglicanus,’ &c., 1675, 8vo; 2nd edition, 1679, 8vo; 3rd edition, 1688, 12mo (intended as an aid to capping verses). 2. ‘ π . Sive Poese Græcæ Medulla, cum versione Latina,’ &c., 1679, 8vo.” “LANGSTON, JOHN (1641?–1704), independent divine, was born about 1641, according to Calamy. He went from the Worcester grammar school to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he was matriculated as a servitor in Michaelmas term 1655, and studied for some years. Wood does not mention his graduation. At the Restoration in 1660 (when, if Calamy is right, he had not completed his twentieth year) he held the sequestered perpetual curacy of Ashchurch, Gloucestershire, from which be was displaced by the return of the incumbent. He went to London, and kept a private school near Spitalfields. On the coming into force of the Uniformity Act (24 Aug. 1662) he crossed over to Ireland as chaplain and tutor to Captain Blackwell, but returned to London and to school-keeping in 1663. Under the indulgence of 1672 he took out a license, in concert with William Hooke (d. March 1677, aged 77), formerly master of the Savoy, ‘to preach in Richard Loton’s house in Spittle-yard.’ Some time after 1679 he removed into Bedfordshire, where he ministered till, in 1686, he received an invitation from a newly separated congregation of independents, who had hired a building in Green Yard, St. Peter’s parish, Ipswich. Under his preaching a oongregational church of seventeen persons was formed on 12 Oct. 1686. Langston, his wife, and thirty others were admitted to membership on 22 Oct., when a call to the pastorate was given him; he accepted it on 29 Oct., and was set apart by four elders at a solemn fast on 2 Nov. A ‘new chappell’ in Green Yard was opened on 26 June 1687, and the church membership was raised to 123 persons, many of them from neighbouring villages. Calamy says he was driven out of his house, was forced to remove to London, and was there accused of being a jesuit, whereupon he published a successful ‘Vindication.’ The publication is unknown, and Calamy gives no date; the year 1697 has been suggested. Langston’s church-book gives no hint of any persecution, but shows that he was in the habit of paying an annual visit of about three weeks’ duration to London with his wife. He notices the engagement with the French fleet at La Hogue on 19 May 1692, ‘for ye defeat of wh blessed he God,’ and the earthquake on 8 Sept. in the same year. The tone of his ministry was conciliatory ‘towards people of different perswasions.’ In November 1702 Benjamin Glandfield (d. 10 Sept. 1720) was appointed as his assistant. Langston died on 12 Jan. 1704, ‘aetat. 64.’ (DNB). Wing L411;  Harvard,Huntington,U of Ill, U of Texas,Yale . Arber’s Term cat. I 213.DSC_0006

More Early Books with Notes and Annotations!

These two annotated books are of different species, but both are common usages for writing in books the first one , The 1684 Almanac has been used as a note-book, bound with 12 extra pages both before and after the printed text which is interleaved, The original owner has used nearly every one. Almost every entry is a name and an amount , in BPS, mostly for Rents, there are also many expenses fir Bridges, High ways and coal!  I imagine searching the names and dates one could come up with the town!  The Next book is a 1531 Augsburg confession, the owner to this book read very carefully and with pen in hand, identifying quotations and marking theological points of interest, the writer also created a subject index.

380G         Apollo Anglicanus   [edited by Saunders, , Richard,. 1613-1675.]


  1. Apollo Anglicanus, the English Apollo: assisting all persons in the right understanding of this years revolution, as also of things past, present, and to come. With necessary tables plain and useful. A twofold kalendar, viz. Julian or English, Georgian or forein computations, more plain and full than any other, with the rising and setting of the sun, the nightly rising and setting of the moon, and also her southing. Exactly calculated for every day. … Being bissextile, or leap-year. To which is added short notes, shewing (in a general way) the good and bad days throughout the year: also the moons application to the planets and fixed stars. With calculations of the eclipses, and the quarterly ingresses with many other things both useful and necessary. Calculated according to art, and fitted to the meridian of Leicester, whose latitude in 52 degrees, 41 minutes …

London : printed by M. Clark, for the Company of Stationers, 1684.    $2,200

Octavo, 4 X 6 inches.  First edition  A-B8 9 part II ,A8 . (Quires A-B in red and black.)  This copy has a wonderful binding of DSC_0004
full calf in a wallet form with a linen? tie almost a foot long.  It is inter-leaved with notes on almost every page and many extra blanks added full of ‘account type ‘entries, the hand is casual if not down right sloppy and annoying to read.          (see the images below)

Richard Saunders” was the seventeenth-century author of Rider’s British Merlin, a popular London almanac which continued to be published throughout the eighteenth century. The The Apollo Anglicanus was a popular astrological almanac, but it was also one of the most intellectual and scientific of the British almanacs, with issues including much on scientific developments, the science behind weather, and so forth. This issue contains a second part which is a crash course on Eclipses and gives up to date predictions of eclipses to come!


The Apollo Anglicanus was also the model for Benjamin Franklin’s almanacs and the inspiration for his “Poor Richard” pseudonym “Richard Saunders”.  Benjamin Franklin began his own almanac some fifty years after Saunders’ death in 1675. However, Franklin had a wider and more modern understanding of nature than Saunders, as well as a wicked sense of humor. Saunders’ almanac was apparently known well enough in Franklin’s time that Ben found him a worthy pseudonym. Franklin released his own compendium
astronomical predictions, weather lore, helpful information, and now famous quotations under Saunders’ name as Poor Richard’s Almanack in 1732.

Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), A2354     Estc locates ONLY6 Copies in N.America

Folger Shakespeare, Harvard University, Henry E. Huntington Library, New York Public Library, University of Texas, Yale .DSC_0006


714G      Melanchthon, Philip (1497-1560), Luther, Martin .  (1483-1546)


Confessio fidei exhibita invictiss. Imp. Carolo V. Caefari Aug. in Comiciis Auguftae. Anno M.D.XXX.     Addita est Apologia Co(n)fessionis  Psalm. 119 Et loquebar de te stimonijs tuis in conspectu

Wittenberg: Georg Rhau, 1531.      $22,000

Octavo, 5.25 x 3.5. This edition is an impression of the “editio princeps” printed in the same year. a-d8, e4,9e4 blank and present) f-n8, A-P8, Q4, Q4 blank and present.

The title page has a woodcut illustration. This is bound in full modern calf over wooden boards in an antique style, it is a very nice copy with annotations on every page.

DSC_0011The Augsburg Confession is “the oldest and most authoritative of the Lutheran creeds,” and a major historical document, in which the revolution of Martin Luther assumed organized political action and permanently changed the religious and national identity of Europe. “It was drafted by Melanchthon, on the basis of Luther’s Marburg, Schwabach, and Torgau articles, and bore the signature of seven German princes….On 25 June, 1530, copies of it, in Latin and German, were presented to Charles V, at the diet of Augsburg, and the German version of it was read aloud before the secular and ecclesiastical Estates of the Empire. Charles retained his Latin copy which he brought with him to Spain, giving the other into the custody of the Archbishop of Mainz.”

In a remarkable calm and able “Answer” to the Confession, controversialists such as Eck, Wimpina, and Cochlaeus analyze the Confession, giving praise and censure where either is DSC_0010due. Melanchthon retorted with an “apologia” which Lutherans generally regard as their second symbolic book; Charles refused to accept it, because of the violent language against the Catholic Church. (summarized from the Catholic Encyclopedia)
“Although the emperor prohibited the printing of the evangelical confession without his special permission, during the diet six German editions and one in Latin were published….Their inaccuracy and incorrectness induced Melanchthon to prepare an edition to which he added the Apology. Thus originated the so-called editio princeps of the Augustana and Apology, which was published in the spring of 1531. This edition was regarded as the authentic reproduction of the faith professed before the emperor and empire.” (Schaff-Herzog)

This is the back of the title to the Apologia with an index!

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A few early books with annotations.


“The study of printed books cannot be limited to their printed contents.” — Anthony Grafton.

The engagement early modern readers had/have with their texts is no more clearly depicted than by the notes they have left in their books. After reading Carlo Ginzburg’s The Cheese and the Worms (1976), I began writing in “my” books leaving traces for not only myself but those who would get the books next. I have always been drawn to books with little bread crumbs in  them and even a tiny mark in a book, a booksellers code, a shelf mark even a fingerprint of a printer intrigues me, thus over the years I have sold many so marked books. Today I am going to post images and descriptions of three such books..

I hope you can find more than I can from these images! 

558G   Bartholini (the elder), Caspar.        1583-1629

Johannes Magirus (c. 1560 – 1596)

Ioannis Magiri physiologiae peripateticæ libri sex cum commentariis, in quibus præcepta illius perspicue, eruditeque explicantur, & ex optimis quibusuis peripateticæ philosophiæ interpretibus, Platone, Aristotele, Zabarella, Archangelo Mercenario, Thoma Erasto … : accessit Caspari Bartholoini malmogij Dani Enchiridion metaphysicum, ex philosophorum coryphæi Aristotelis, optimorumque eius interpretum monumentis adornatum.
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Enchiridion metaphysicum ex philosophorum coryphaei, Aristotelis, optimorumque eius interpretum monumentis adornatum opera      

Francofurti : impensis Petri Musculi : excudebat Ioannes Bringerus, 1616   $2800

Octavo, 6 ½ X 4 inches. Editio octaua Wittenbergensi melior & notis auctior. A-2X8 2Y3 This copy is bound in full contemporary vellum dated on the front board 1617 with the initials M.C.L. further there are two minute ownership signatures dated 1617 (see image). The Enchiridion is heavily annotated in a microscopic had which is very very neat (see images)
The annotations continue throughout the whole text of this section.             Johannes Magirus (c. 1560 – 1596) was a German physician and natural philosopher. He was born at Fritzlar about 1560; his background was Lutheran.[1] He studied at the University of Padua, and took a medical degree at the University of Marburg in 1585
see:Lorraine Daston, Michael Stolleis, Natural Law and Laws of Nature in Early Modern Europe: jurisprudence, theology, moral and natural philosophy (2008), p. 117; Physiologiae Peripateticae libri sex (1597). This was a textbook treatment of Aristotelian philosophy, and was still in use 50 years later. It was employed to teach physics in the early years of Harvard College. by Cotton Mather . Isaac Newton was introduced to natural philosophy by this work of Magirus see The Optical Papers of Isaac Newton: The optical lectures, 1670-1672, Volume 1 further Daniele Cozzoli suggests that Mersenne’s Optics are greatly influnced by his reading/learning from this book. “Indeed, Mersenne first explained Descartes’ law of refraction by means of Hobbes physics. However, Mersenne always wanted to remain faithful to Aristotle.” Cozzoli.
Caspar Bartholin the Elder was born at Malmø, Denmark (modern Sweden) and was a polymath, finally accepting a professorship in medicine at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1613. He later taught theology at the same university.

His precocity was extraordinary; at three years of age he was able to read, and in his thirteenth year he composed Greek and Latin orations and delivered them in public. When he was about eighteen he went to the University of Copenhagen and afterwards studied at Rostock and Wittenberg.

He then travelled through Germany, the Netherlands, England, France and Italy, and was received with marked respect at the different universities he visited. In 1613 he was chosen professor of medicine in the University of Copenhagen, and filled that office for eleven years, when, falling into a dangerous illness, he made a vow that if he should recover he would apply himself solely to the study of divinity. He fulfilled his vow by becoming professor of divinity at Copenhagen and canon of Roskilde.

Poggend. II, 12; wellcome I, 3955; vgl. Hirsch/Hüb. IV, 30.DSC_0005

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681G     Cock, Charles George.(Sometimes attributed to Thomas Paget.)

English-law: or, A summary survey of the houshold of God on earth; and that both before and under the law; and that both of Moses and the Lord Jesus. Historically opening the purity and apostacy of believers in the successions of ages, to this present. Together with an essay of Christian government under the regiment of our Lord and King, the one immortal, invisible, infinite, eternal, universal prince, the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel

London: printed by Robert White for T.G. and Francis Tyton, and are to be sold at the Three Daggers neer the Inner-Temple-Gate 1651                                                                           $2,300

Folio, 11 1/4 X 7 inches. First and only edition A4, (a)6, B-N4, O4, (o)4, P (mis signed O)Q-Z4, Aa-Cc4 This copy has been sympathetically rebound in full calf.

Cock was a Member of Parliment for Yarmouth in 1658, he was also author of Englands Complete law-judge, and lawyer 165/6. An early owner of this book has inserted quotes from Livi and Plato in Latin concerning tyrants on the title page, which has an engraved vignette of the Ship of state cut lose from the royal anchor and with a motto “ Only by Faith” ! On the final leaf is a note stating “Correction with out instruction is Tyrannie” and more quotes in latin by Plato and Livi! . It is obvious from the start that the beheading of Charles I has left the English nation in a state set adrift in rough waters, with in a few years this book and Hobbs Levithan attempted to set the state on a smoother course, While Hobbs had a profound effect, the present book seems to had a more subtle effect .

Wing C478  DSC_0014DSC_0016

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637G Beza, Theodore . 1519-1605

Iesu Christi, D.N. Nouu testamentu, gr. & lat. Theodoro Beza interprete. Addite sunt ab eode summae breues doctrine … Huic autem tertiae editioni, praeter quorundam locorum recognitionem, accesserunt breues difficiliorum phrase w n expositiones, & aliae quaedam annotatiunculae, cum ex maioribus ipsius Bezae annotationibus, tum aliunde excerptae: opera eorum qui in typographi epistola nominantur.

[Geneva] : [H. Stephanus],1580                     $4,000

Octavo, 7 1/4 X 4 1/2 inches. Third edition *8 **8, a-z8 A-Q8 R4, AA-ZZ8 AA8 BB8 CC8′, AAaa-EEee8

nb; quire ‘R4’is near imperceptible pen facsimile( see image) what is especially is in the printed form there is a typo on page 215 [sic] which should be numbered 315 in our manuscript copy this error is repeated!

This copy is bound in full alum tawed pigskin over pates boards, stamped with blind rolls and the Initals S*B*O on the front board. This th the third minor edition(8vo ) of Beza’s text, with his Latin translation and the Vulgate. The Greek text generally follows that of Beza’s first edition of the 1565 , with a few alterations. Some of the annotations are collected from the commentary of L’Oyselevr, Seigneur de Villers, by Jean Xherpont, at the request of H. Stephanus. In 1565 he issued an edition of the Greek New Testament, accompanied in parallel columns by the text of the Vulgate and a translation of his own (already published as early as 1556). Annotations were added, also previously published, but now he greatly enriched and enlarged them. In the preparation of this edition of the Greek text, but much more in the preparation of the second edition which he brought out in 1582, Beza may have availed himself of the help of two very valuable manuscripts. One is known as the Codex Bezae or Cantabrigensis, and was later presented by Beza to the University of Cambridge; the second is the Codex Claromontanus, which Beza had found in Clermont (now in the National Library at Paris). It was not, however, to these sources that Beza was chiefly indebted, but rather to the previous edition of the eminent Robert Estienne (1550), itself based in great measure upon one of the later editions of Erasmus. Beza’s labors in this direction were exceedingly helpful to those who came after. The same thing may be asserted with equal truth of his Latin version and of the copious notes with which it was accompanied. Although some contend that Beza’s view of the doctrine of predestination exercised an overly dominant influence upon his interpretation of the Scriptures, there is no question that he added much to a clear understanding of the New Testament. Darlow & Moule 4641; Adams B1706 (variant = B1707)

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With any Luck tomorrow I will post three more books with notes,annotations, marks et c.


Vermis malae conscientiae hominis impii domesticus carnifex suis coloribus adumbratus.

In this very very rare book ( i could locate only one copy in north america) the Jesuit Paul Zehentner examines and investigates the role of bad conscience throughout the history of the world. Included is a six page section on he Tribulations of Saint Thomas More.


489G Zehentner, Paul. 1589-1648

Vermis malae conscientiae hominis impii domesticus carnifex suis coloribus adumbratus a Paulo Zehentner.

Monachii : München : sumptibus & formis Cornelii Leysserii electoralis typographi & bibliopolæ. 1633       $2,600

Large Octavo,7 X 4 1⁄2 inches . First Edition *8,***,A-Z8, Aa-Oo8,Pp4

This book is bound in early blind stamped full calf in an eastern (Turkish) style, all edges are gilt and there are no ‘squares’ to the binding . DSC_0004

In the worm of conscience, Zehenter divides the subject of ‘De Verme malæ conscientiæ’ into four books, Liber I is on Killing, Liber II on the non decived, and imprisoned, there are a few pages on Thomas More. Magnus Angliæ Chancellarius. here (p.162-168) Liber III Those facing Damnation, IV those who are executed, It seems that a loft of this bad conscience originates in Ægypt and Babalon.

De Backer-Sommervogel vol.VIII col.1482 no.2; Not in Gibson

 Paolo Zehentner’s play, Promontorium Malae Spei was performed and Il Convitato di pietra by Giacinto Andrea Cicognini was written around 1650. This play spawned countless commedia dell ‘arte versions. In 1658 a version featuring spectacular DSC_0005settings and borrowing heavily from Cicognini’s play was Le Festin de Pierre, ou le Fils criminel by Nicholas Drouin. The version that most directly influenced Molière was a later version of Drouin’s play by Claude Deschamps Villiers. Molière’s version was produced in 1665 and in 1676 Thomas Shadwell penned The Libertine. In 1736 Carlo Goldoni, the most famous Italian comic playwright of the day, was inspired by Molière to write Don Giovanni Tenorio, ossia Il Dissoluto. In 1758, the music for a ballet by Gluck, Don Juan order das steinerne Gastmahl was written with choreography by Gasparo Angiolini. This ballet was performed well into the nineteenth century.

THE HOLY COURT, Nicholas Caussin (1583-1651)




688G        Caussin, Nicolas, 1583-1651..              Sr. T.H. = Sir Thomas Hawkins.        


THE HOLY COURT in Three Tomes. Written in French by Nicolas Caussin, S.I. Translated into English by Sr. T.H. and Dedicated to the Queene of Great Brittaine. The Third Tome now first published in English: The first and second newly reviewed .. According to the last Edition of the Authour                 


DSC_0008[Rouen : printed by Iohn Cousturier] Permissu superiorum, M.DC.XXXIV. [1634 ,27 mai]                                        $4,500    


Folio,11 X 7 ½ inches .   A-Z6 [ sig e misssigned and there is a singlet P*], Aa-Cc6,Dd4; A-Z6,Aa-Ee6; a6,A-V6 [ sig E missigned and extra H1&2]} complete yet odd. There is an engraved emblematic titlepage and four full page plates (Saint Ambrose, Constantine mounted on a charger Boethius and Clotilda there are also three half page portraits in the text) This copy is bound in contemporary calf with raised bands (neatly rebacked with recent black spine titling labels a very pretty copy)

                  This work gives a Christianized account of what he calls the four principal passions: Love, Desire, Anger, and Envy, as well as many variants and subgenres of these types. The intent of the work is to instruct the proper means for controlling these affects. “A comprehensive system of moral maxims, pious reflections and historical examples, forming in itself a complete library of rational entertainment, Catholic devotion, and Christian knowledge.” It was translated into several languages and has done much to perpetuate his fame.

A famous Jesuit preacher and moralist; born at Troyes in France,he died. at Paris, 2 July, 1651. His father, a physician of extensive practice, was able from a competent income to aid materially in the development of the remarkable talents that his son early displayed. Young Caussin’s success in oratory, particularly after his entry into the Society of Jesus (1609), was brilliant, and drew to him the attention of the royal family. When the kingdom of Henry IV was fast declining under the impotent sway of the queen-regent, Marie de’ Medici, Louis XIII came to the throne. Richelieu summoned Caussin to court to direct the young king’s conscience. The task was a difficult one in those disturbed times, but Caussin, with scrupulous earnestness, gave his heart and soul to the work. The king, who relied implicitly on him, was made to realize that peace would once more reign in his realm and in his own soul when he recalled the queen-mother and other members of the royal family from the banishment in which they were languishing. DSC_0009Richelieu disliked this advice and accused Caussin of raising false scruples in the king’s mind, and even of holding communications that savoured of treachery or that were at all events disloyal to his sovereign, with another of the royal chaplains. Caussin was at once banished to Quimper-Corentin in Brittany, where he remained until the death of Richelieu in 1643, when he returned to Paris to prepare his works for the press.
Many false statement regarding Caussin’s disgrace were current. The Jansenist Arnauld claims that “it was well known from persons intimately connected at the former court of Louis XIII, that Father Caussin considered himself obliged to tell His Majesty that attrition, arising from the fear of hell alone, was not sufficient for justification, as there could be no justification without love of God, and this was what caused his disgrace.

DeBacker-Sommervogel vo.l II col. 911 no.7; STC 4874;

Allison & Rogers counter-reformation #404
Copies – N.America :  Duke University ,Folger Shakespeare, Harvard University , Henry E. Huntington Library,Newberry ,St. Louis University , University of Texas.













687G        Caussin, Nicolas, 1583-1651. Translator Sr. T.H. = Sir Thomas Hawkins.1575-1640.           


The holy court the command of reason ouer the passions. Written in French by F. N. Caussin, of the Society of Iesus. And translated into English by Sr. T.H (Title page in 4 states. This state has cancel title page lacking the phrase “fourth tome” in title and printer’s name in imprint, and with “commaund” in line 4 of title. See STC for other states this is state #3)  


DSC_0006[Rouen : printed by Iohn Cousturier] Permissu superiorum, M.DC.XXXVIII. [1638]                  $2,500    


Folio, 11 x 7 3/4 inches.   Ã6,e2, A-Z6, Aa-Ccf6, Ff8 .


The poet and translator Sir Thomas Hawkins was baptised on 20 July 1575 at Boughton under Blean. He was the eldest son of Sir Thomas Hawkins (1548/9–1617) of Nash Court, Boughton,.His 1625 translation The Odes of Horace the Best of Lyrick Poets was republished in 1631, 1635 and 1638, and plagiarized in 1652. He died in the parish of St Sepulchre’s, London, probably in late 1640. The family remained Roman Catholic until well into the 18th century. The Nash Court was attacked by Protestant crowd during the 1715 Jacobean uprising and Hawkins’s valuable library destroyed.

“In addition to this literary and historical work his translating skills were used extensively by the Jesuits, presumably through his brother Henry, to produce pious works aimed at the English market. Between 1626 and 1638 came Hawkins’s translation, with the assistance of Sir Basil Brooke, of the massive four-volume work, Holy Court, by the French Jesuit Nicholas Caussin. Published in France these volumes were dedicated to Queen Henrietta Maria, the earl of Dorset, the countess of Portland, and the duchess of Buckingham respectively. The work, which included biographies and portraits of Mary, queen of Scots, and Cardinal Pole, proved immensely popular among Catholics; at least three editions of the work were published in London between 1650 and 1678.    Hawkins also translated Caussin’s Christian Diurnal (Paris, 1632), dedicated to Viscountess Savage (this edition differs from the Cambridge edition of 1648 which was aimed at protestant readers), and Étienne Binet’s The Lives and Singular Vertues of Saint Elzear (Rouen, 1638), dedicated to the earl and countess of Shrewsbury. Hawkins has also been plausibly identified as the translator of The Angel-Guardian’s Clock (Rouen, 1630) by the Jesuit Jeremias Drexelius; Hawkins’s brother Henry had already produced a translation of another of Drexelius’s works”. ODNB



DeBacker-Sommervogel vo.l II col. 911 no.7; STC 4875 (3) Allison & Rogers 220& Allison & Rogers counter-reformation 408 .”Most copies lack the engraved title and the publisher may have intended to omit it.”


Copies – N.America :   Duke University , Folger Shakespeare , Henry E. Huntington Library , Rice University , University of Chicago ,University of Illinois ,Yale University, Sterling




Orinda!!! Katherine Philips: Her Letters & Her Poems

Orinda!!! Katherine Philips: Her Letters & Her Poems.

Orinda!!! Katherine Philips: Her Letters & Her Poems


In my next montly catalogue  Fascicule no VI I will be Listing there Editions of Orinda’s Poems

The Unauthorized very rare edition of 1664 (#717G)

The first Authorized edition of 1667

And the fourth edition of 1678!

It is not usual to find a printed book which gives us such a vivid depiction of the literary world for 17th century women, this is a great book and I am constantly amazed by it.


Please enjoy reading about it.

103gPhilips, Katherine.1631-1664

Letters from Orinda to Poliarchus
 London: printed by W.B. for Bernard Lintott, 1705                       $5,500
Octavo,6.75 X 3.75 inches.  First edition A-R8  Bound in original calf totally un-restored a very nice original condition copy with only some browning, spotting and damp staining, It is a very good copy.

It is housed in a custom Box.


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