Trinity College, Dublin, Early Printed Books

Press A.7.6

A composite volume of chiefly early 18th century printed squibs and broadsides.

Later owned by Sir William Betham, Ulster King of Arms (1779-1853). Sotheby's, 1 June 1854 (Betham sale), lot 159.

No. 1

RnT 147: Thomas Randolph, In auspicatissimas nuptias Nobilissimi Iuvenis Georgii Goringe (‘When I my serious thoughts had sett’)

MS in the hand of a scribe, evidently the poet's presentation copy, of an epithalamium on the wedding of George Goring and Lettice Boyle, 25 July 1629, neatly written out on two folio leaves, now imperfect. [1629].

Edited from this MS in Grosart. Edited chiefly from this MS in Thorn-Drury and also in G.C. Moore Smith, ‘Randolph's Epithalamium to George Goring’, RES, 2 (1926), 146-51. A transcript made by George Thorn-Drury from Grosart's published text is in the Bodleian (Thorn-Drury e. 15, pp. 57-60).

First published in Alexander B. Grosart, ‘Literary-Finds in Trinity College, Dublin, and Elsewhere’, Englische Studien, 26 (1899), 1-19 (pp. 9-13). Thorn-Drury, pp. 151-6.

See also Introduction.


A volume comprising ten printed prose tracts by Milton, bearing at the beginning Milton's autograph presentation inscription to the King's Librarian, Patrick Young. Comprising exempla of: Of Reformation touching Church-Discipline in England (1641); Of Prelatical Episcopacy (1641); The Reason of Church-Government (1641); Animadversions upon the Remonstrants Defence against Smectymnuus (1641); An Apology against…A Modest Confutation (1642); The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (1644); The Judgement of Martin Bucer (1644); Colasterion (1645); Tetrachordon (1645); and Areopagitica (1644). 1641-7.

*MnJ 113: John Milton, Ten Prose Tracts

Owned in 1693 by Matthew Pilkington, of Stamford.

Facsimile of the inscription in Sotheby, Ramblings, p. 121. The inscription printed in Columbia, XVIII, 269.