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EM 1144

A quarto miscellany of verse, mathematical exercises, religious texts, and musical scores, written from both ends in various hands, unpaginated, mostly blank pages, in contemporary calf gilt. c.1713.

Owned in 1713 by one Millicent Rasby, whose name occurs repeatedly. Among the papers of the Elmhirst family of Houndhill, Worsbrough Bridge, Yorkshire.

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LeN 13: Nathaniel Lee, The Rival Queens: or, The Death of Alexander the Great, Act V, scene i, lines 1-20. Song (‘Is Innocence so void of cares’)

Copy of the song by the Spirits of Queen Statira and Darius at the opening of the last act, untitled.

The song published, in Daniel Purcell's setting and as ‘Sung by Mr Pate’, in A Collection of the Choicest Songs & Dialogues Composd by the Most Eminent Masters of the Age (London, [1715?]), pp. 86-7. Stroup & Cooke, I, 272.

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ShJ 166: James Shirley, The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses for the Armour of Achilles, Act III, Song (‘The glories of our blood and state’)

Copy of the dirge, untitled, here beginnining ‘The glories of our Birth ant [sic] state’.

Gifford & Dyce, VI, 396-7. Armstrong, p. 54. Musical setting by Edward Coleman published in John Playford, The Musical Companion (London, 1667).


A folio volume of tracts (one ‘A vew of the State of Religion’ by Sir Edwin Sandys, 1599, on ff. 2v-89r) and a speech, in different hands, 130 leaves (plus 126 blanks), in contemporary calf gilt with stamped crest, traces of green silk ties. c.1617.

Inscribed (f. 1r) ‘En dieu est tout: Et tout en tout / ThWentworth’: i.e. by Thomas Wentworth (1593-1641), first Earl of Strafford. Among the Wentworth Woodhouse Muniments.

ff. 90r-4r

BcF 410: Francis Bacon, Speech(es)

Copy of Bacon's inaugural speech as Lord Chancellor, 7 May 1617.

ff. 95r-130r

RaW 599: Sir Walter Ralegh, A Dialogue between a Counsellor of State and a Justice of the Peace

Copy, including the dedicatory epistle to James I, in a predominantly secretary hand.

A treatise, with a dedicatory epistle to James I beginning ‘Those that are suppressed and hopeless are commonly silent ...’, the dialogue beginning ‘Now, sir, what think you of Mr. St. John's trial in the Star-chamber?...’. First published as The Prerogative of Parliaments in England (‘Midelburge’ and ‘Hamburg’ [i.e. London], 1628). Works (1829), VIII, 151-221.


Copy, in a single seceretary hand, 53 folio leaves, in contemporary limp vellum (a recycled deed of 1568 between Thomas Wentworth and Robert Darly). The tract is here untitled, the initial epistle set out separately on f. 1r, and the deed cover inscribed inside in large letters Have mercye on vs Lord amen, as if to conceal, or at least minimise detection of, the true character of the work. Late 16th century.

LeC 71: Anon, Leicester's Commonwealth

First published as The Copie of a Leter, Wryten by a Master of Arte of Cambrige, to his Friend in London, Concerning some talke past of late betwen two worshipful and graue men, about the present state, and some procedinges of the Erle of Leycester and his friendes in England ([? Rouen], 1584). Soon banned. Reprinted as Leycesters common-wealth (London, 1641). Edited, as Leicester's Commonwealth, by D.C. Peck (Athens, OH, & London, 1985). Although various attributions have been suggested by Peck and others, the most likely author remains Robert Persons (1546-1610), Jesuit conspirator.


Copy, in two cursive italic hands, on 78 folio leaves, paginated 1-155. Late 17th century.

ClE 38.8: Edward Hyde, First Earl of Clarendon, A shorte view of the State and condicon of the kingdome of Ireland from the year 1640 to this tyme


First published in Dublin, 1719-20. Published in London, 1720. Incorporated into the 1816, 1826 and 1849 editions of The History of the Rebellion. Reprinted as Vol. II of A Collection of Several Valuable Pieces of Clarendon (2 vols, London, 1727).

WWM Str P 22/111

Letter by Thomas Killigrew, to Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, 7 June 1634. 1634.

KiT 21: Thomas Killigrew, Letter(s)

WWM Str P 40/91

A bundle of unbound verse and prose MSS, in various hands and paper sizes.

Among the papers of the Wentworth family, Earls of Strafford.

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BcF 717: Francis Bacon, An Essay of a King

Copy, in a mixed hand, on folio pages.

Essay, beginning ‘A king is a mortal god on earth...’. Spedding, VI, 595-7 (discussed pp. 592-4).

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CoR 367: Richard Corbett, A letter To the Duke of Buckingham, being with the Prince of Spaine (‘I've read of Ilands floating, and remov'd’)

Copy, headed ‘A Coppy of Dr Corbetts Letter to the Duke of Buckingham’, on two pages of two conjugate folio leaves. c.1620s-30s.

First published in Certain Elegant Poems (London, 1647). Bennett & Trevor-Roper, pp. 76-9.