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In forming the very extensive series of early
English Poetry, a Catalogue of which is now
presented to the public, the attention of many
years has been employed in selecting those
productions which are estimable, as well for
their uncommon rarity, as for their intrinsic
excellence; and no expense has been spared,
by incessant research, to render the Collection
in all respects equal to any that accident or
design has hitherto brought to light.

In this Collection there are many curiosities
which were once the ornaments of the most
distinguished libraries, of recent as well as
remote date; and no opportunity has been
omitted, even to the period of publication, of
enriching it with copies prized on account of
their variations, and with some productions.


the extreme rarity of which has long baffled
the researches of our most anxious collectors,
and which, in the progress of years, will, of
course, be still farther beyond their reach.

That such a collection should be preserved
entire, and deposited where it may become a
public benefit, is surely a desideratum ; and it
has already been intimated, and may here be
repeated, that the Proprietors are ready to re-
ceive applications for its purchase. In the
mean time, whether it shall be doomed to enrich
one library, or to be dispersed among many, it
is presumed that the utility of the present Cata-
logue will not be disputed, as whatever may be
the fate of the extraordinary series therein de-
scribed, it will form no unimportant addition to
our stores of Bibliography, comprehending as
it does more poetical works than any other
publication of the kind. They are described
with unusual minuteness, and it is believed
with accuracy. The result of a careful examina-
tion and collation ascertains the date, form,
and other particulars of many works of such
rare occurrence, as to be accessible to few
poetical antiquaries, and should this library be


preserved entire, will have the additional use
of pointing out where they may be found, and
in cases of different opinions, of referring to
the best authority.

That this Catalogue has been a work of con-
siderable labour may be inferred from a super-
ficial view of its contents, and that it is not
more laborious than correct, will, it is hoped,
be discovered on a more close examination.
The titles are exact transcripts, the occasional
omission of a motto, or shortening an imprint,
excepted ; but generally, the entire title-page is
given without any exception. To this is added
the size of the volume, with the number of pages,
in stating which it has been thought proper to
deviate from the common custom of putting
down the quantity of pages, and excluding the
prefatory matter, which frequently forms a third
part of the book. On the contrary, in this
Catalogue, the number of pages given are to
be understood as comprising every printed leaf,
whether printed on one or both sides. It
having been the custom with some printers to
begin paging with a blank leaf preceding the
title ; in such cases the page which appears on


the last leaf is stated as a matter of course.
The chief intent of the observations and re-
marks is to describe the prefatory matter, such
as, to whom dedicated, by whom the com-
mendatory verses were written ; and also to
introduce such occasional biographical and cri-
tical extracts as may illustrate the history of
the work, or of its author. It only remains to
add, that as a strict alphabetical arrangement
could not be effected, the consequent incon-
veniences of reference have been obviated by
a Synoptical Index, which serves the double
purpose of giving a ready reference, and of
shewing, at one view, the singular richness of
the Collection.

A. F. G.

Mai/ 20, 1815.



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LLOT (Robert).— Englands Par-
nassus : or the choysest Flowers
of our Moderne Poets, with their
Poeticall comparisons. Descrip-
tions of Bewties, Personages, Cas-
tles, Pallaces, Mountaines, Groues,
Seas, Springs, Riuers, &c. Where-
unto are annexed other various discourses, both
pleasaunt and profitable. — russia. — Imprinted at
London, for N. L. C. B, and T. H. 1600.

Octavo, pp. 506 £20.

The compiler of this curious volume of early poetry is ge-
nerally believed to have been a Robert Allot, of whose history,
however, nothing is now known. Warton states that the me-
thod is judicious, the extracts copious, and made with a degree
of taste. Indeed, as the work has preserved portions of many
scarce poets, whose very names, without such care, might have
probably sunk into oblivion, it must ever rank as a book both
valuable and curious.

The dedication begins thus, " To the Right Worshipfull, Syr
Thomas Mounson, Knight 5" and after a complimentary sonnet,
adds, " Your Worships humbly at commaund, R. A."

At page 385 occurs the following sonnet, by Charles Fitz-

2 MiWotf)tc&, ^ttglo=}?cjetica.

Geffrey, to whom Wood seems by mistake to have attributed this
collection, adding, "though I have been many years seeking after,
5'et 1 cannot get a sight of it."

Of Posteritie.
Daughter of Time, sincere Posteritie,
Alvvayes new borne, yet no man knowes thy birth.
The arbitresse of pure Sinceritie,
Yet, changeable, (like Proteus) or the earth.
Sometime in plenty, sometime ioynd with dearth.
Alwayes to come, yet alwayes present heere.
Whom all runne after, none come after neere.
Vnpartiall ludge of all saue present state.
Truth's Idioma of the things are past.
But still pursuing present things with hate.
And more iniurious at the first then last,
Preseruing others, while thine owne do want.
True treasurer of all antiquitie.
Whom all desire, yet neuer one could see.

2. AsKE (James). — Elizabetha Triumphans. Con-
teyning the Damned practizes, that the diuelish
Popes of Rome haue used euer sithence her High-
nesse first comming to the Croune, by mouing
her wicked and traiterous siibiects to Rebelhon
and conspiracies, thereby to bereave her Maiestie
both of her lawfull seate, and happy life. With a
declaration of the manner how her excellency
was entertained by her Souldyers into her Campe
Roy all at Tilbery in Essex : and of the ouerthrow^
had against the Spanish Fleete : briefly, truly,
and effectually set forth. Declared and handled
by I. A. (James Aske). — Macfe %tiitX* — At Lon-
don, printed by Thomas Orwinyl588.

Quarto, pp. 44. > ,. . . . . liot6tca ^tt5lo=l^o^ica.

13. Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, Heroic
Ballads, etc. collected by David Herd. — 2 Vol.
— CALF EXTRA. — Edinburgh, \ 776.

Duodecimo, pp. 610. . . ^1. 105.

14. Ancient Scottish Poems; the Gaberlunzie-
Man, and Christ's Kirk on the Green. With
Notes and Observations by John Callandar, Esq.
of Craigforth. — calf extra. — Edinburgh, 178^.

Octavo, pp. 19t> 185.

" It must not be forgotten that James (the fifth) possessed
eminent abilities, and a love of literature : nor is it beside our
present purpose to observe, that he was the author of the cele-
brated ballad called Christ's Kirk on the Green." — Warton.

ARCLAY (Alexander).— This pre-
sent Boke named the Shyp of folys
of the worlde was translated i the
College of saynt mary Otery in the
counte of Deuonshyre : out of La-
ten, Frenche, and Doche into En-
glyshe tonge by Alexander Barclay
Preste : and at that tyme Chaplen in the sayde Col-
lege. — 3$laclt %tiXtX* — A beautiful COPY in morocco,
JOINTS, &c. — Imprentijd in the Cijte of London in
Fie test re at the signe of Saynt George. By Rycharde
Pynson to hys Coste and charge, 1 509.

Folio, pp. 550,7 £l05.

" There are few books more interesting to the collector than
editions of the present work, of which Pynson's has the distin-
guished honour of being the parent impression in our own coun-
try:" — vide Dibdhi's edition of Ames, Vol. 2, p. 431, where will
be found a copious description of this rare volume, with specimens
of the curious engravings on wood.


The Ship of Fooles,

wherein is shewed the folly of all States, with

diners other workes adioyned unto the same, very
profitable and fruitful! for all men. Translated
out of Latin into Englishe by Alexander Barclay
Priest. — Numerous wood cuts. — Macil ^ttttX. —
RUSSIA. — Imprinted at London in Paid's Church
Yarde hy lohn Cawood, 1570.

Folio, pp. 676. . . . i; 12. 125.

The " diuers other workes adioyned" to this edition are also by
Alexander Barclay, viz. The Mirrour of Good Manners (which, as
■well as the Ship of Fools in this and Pynson's edition, has the
Latin text) and Certayne Egloges, which by Warton are supposed
to have been the first that appeared in the English language.

*' All antient satirical writings, even those of an inferior cast,
have their merit, and deserve attention, as they transmit pictures
of familiar manners, and preserve popular customs. In this light,
at least, Barclay's Ship of Fools, which is a general satire on the
times, will be found entertaining. Nor must it be denied, that
his language is more cultivated than that of many of his contem-
poraries, and that he contributed his share to the improvement of
the English phraseology. His author, Sebastian Brandt, appears
to have been a man of universal erudition ; and his work, for the
most part, is a tissue of citations from the ancient poets and
historians." — IVarton.

The following extract from a most humorous delineation of a
Book- worm, shews that the Biblio-mania was no undefined disease
in the time of the satirist, more than three centuries ago.

" That in this shyp the chefe place I gouerne
By this Avyde see with folys wanderynge
The cause is playne and easy to dyscerne
StyU am I besy bok assemblynge
For to haue plenty it is a pleasaunt thynge
In my conceyt and to have them ay in hande
But what they mene do I nat understonde.

But yet I haue them in great reuerence

And honoure sauynge them from fylth and ordure

By often brusshynge, and moche dyligence

FuU goodly bounde in pleasaunt couerture

Of domas, satyn, or els of veluet pure

I kepe them sure feryng lyst they sholde be lost

For in them is the connynge wherein I me host."

Vide p. 1-J, Pynsons edition.

8 MWotf)tca ^ttglD=13oetica.

1 7. Barclay (Alexander). — Here begynneth a ryght
frutefull treatyse intituled the myrrour of good
maners coteyng the iiii vertues called cardynall
compyled in latyn by Domynike Mancyn : And
translate into englysslie : at desyre of syr Gyles
Alyngton Knyght : by Alexander Bercley prest :
and monke of Ely.^ — ISlack ILcttCV- — ^morocco,
JOINTS, &c. — Imprynted by Rychard Pynsoii:
'prynter unto the Kynges noble grace uith his
gracyous pryvilege the which bolce I have prynted
at the instance &^ request of the ryght noble Rychard
yerle of Kent (no date).

Folio, pp. 100. .... £12. 12^.
The title is over a wood cut representation of the author in a
monkish habit, on his knees, presenting a book to a nobleman.
It is stated in Dibdin's Ames to be the same cut as the one on the
title of Barclay's translation of Sallust, of which he has given a fac-
simile ; the present cut, however, contains two other figures stand-
ing, and the chamber is more ornamented — the editions must
therefore either be dissimilar, or the account inaccurate. Manci-
nus's Latin text is inserted in the margin.

18. Benlowes (Edward). — Theophila, or Loves Sa-
crifice. A Divine Poem. Written by E. B. Esq. ;
(Edward Benlowes). Several Parts thereof set
to fit Aires by Mr. J. Jenkins, — with curious
engravings on wood and copper. — half bound,
RUSSIA. — London^ 'printed by R. N. 1652.

Folio, pp. 316 £8,

19. Another copy. — calf

EXTRA. — London, 1652,

Folio, pp. 316 £s. Ss.

20. Another copy, (from

Major Pearson's celebrated collection), witli
much interesting biographical and critical matter
in manuscript. — half bound, russia. — London^

Foho, pp. 316

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