1685 Henry Wotton Reliquiae Wottonianae English Literature Education Philosophy

WOTTON, Sir Henry

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“An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie and intrigue for the benefit of his country.”

– Henry Wotton

 

This fourth edition of “Reliquiae Wottonianae” is the final edition of this book to be printed, and yes, while it is not a first printing, this edition includes additional matter that was never included in other editions (see pages 585-713; Buxton Forman, 1223). Among the contents of this book is “A philosophical survey of education or moral architecture.” Wotton, mostly known as a diplomat and a poet, was a staunch activist for education. This volume includes a life of Henry Wotton by Izaak Walton.

 

Henry Wotton was not known for his writings, in fact, his portfolio is quite sparse compared to his contemporaries. He is regarded for only two major works – “Elements of Architecture” and this work, “Reliquiae Wottonianae.” Of the twenty-five poems printed in this book, only fifteen are actually by Wotton. But two those pieces have solidified themselves as some of the best-known poems in English:

  • “On his Mistris, the Queen of Bohemia”
  • “The Character of a Happy Life”

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1685 Henry Wotton Reliquiae Wottonianae English Literature Education Philosophy

 

“An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie and intrigue for the benefit of his country.”

– Henry Wotton

 

This fourth edition of “Reliquiae Wottonianae” is the final edition of this book to be printed, and yes, while it is not a first printing, this edition includes additional matter that was never included in other editions (see pages 585-713; Buxton Forman, 1223). Among the contents of this book is “A philosophical survey of education or moral architecture.” Wotton, mostly known as a diplomat and a poet, was a staunch activist for education. This volume includes a life of Henry Wotton by Izaak Walton.

 

Henry Wotton was not known for his writings, in fact, his portfolio is quite sparse compared to his contemporaries. He is regarded for only two major works – “Elements of Architecture” and this work, “Reliquiae Wottonianae.” Of the twenty-five poems printed in this book, only fifteen are actually by Wotton. But two those pieces have solidified themselves as some of the best-known poems in English:

  • “On his Mistris, the Queen of Bohemia”
  • “The Character of a Happy Life”

 

Item number: #493

Price: $599

 

WOTTON, Sir Henry

 

“Reliquiae Wottonianae”, or a Collection of lives, letters, poems, with characters of sundry personages and other incomparable pieces of language and art, also additional letters to several persons not before printed, by the curious pencil of the ever memorable Sir Henry Wotton, … The 4th edition, with additions of several letters to the lord Zouch, never publish’d till now.o

 

London : Printed for B. Tooke and T. Sawbridge, 1685. Fourth edition.

 

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  • Collation complete with all pages: 713p
  • References: Wing W 3651; Osler 5600; Lowndes 2997.
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Language: English
  • Provenance:
    • Armorial Bookplate – Walter Henry James
      • 2nd Baron Northbourne (25 March 1846 – 27 January 1923), was a British peer and Liberal politician. He was elected to the House of Commons for Gateshead in 1874, a seat he held until 1893 when he succeeded his father in the barony and entered the House of Lords.
    • Bookplate – Lee Edmonds Grove
  • Size: ~7in X 4.5in (18cm x 12cm)

 

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Categories

Literature

Philosophy

Authors

WOTTON, Sir Henry

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete