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Herring,” 4to, 1599; and his "Summers Last Will and Testament,” 4to, 1608; and to many other circumstances and customs of an interesting nature. It is, indeed, most unusual for so small a tract to contain so large a number of interesting allusions. Some of these mentioned illustrate the plays of Shakespeare, as the notice of Bankes' Horse -- the Dancing-horse of Love's Labour Lost.
The title of the book is printed in white letters on a black ground. This is followed by “The Epistle to the Reader, or, The true Character of this Booke,” signed by the initials T. M.; then come four pages of verse, consisting of seventy-one lines, entitled “A Morall. Lucifer ascending. Prologue to his owne Play," which begins thus :
Now is Hell landed here vpon the Earth,
Pawnde to luxurious and adulterous merit. The following lines are powerfully descriptive and striking, and much resemble Middleton's style in his Plays:
Euery Tearme-time I come vp, to sowe
To see Swaynes plod and shake their ignorant skuls:
They haue worne off the brasse in the mid-walke. The work, which is in prose, and in black letter, then commences, and towards the close is, “ The last Will and Testament of Lawrence Lucifer, the old Bachiler of Limbo, alias, Dicke Deuill-Barne, the griping Farmer of Kent." At the end, on the last page, is the following Postcript of the Author:
Now Syr, what is your censure now? You haue read me I am sure: am I blacke ynough thiuke you, drest vp in a lasting suite of Incke? Do I deserue my darke and pitchy Tytle ? Sticke I close ynough to a villaines Ribs ? Is not Lucifer liberall to his Nephewes, in this his last Will and Testament ? Meethinkes I heare you say nothing: and therefore I knowe you are pleasde and agree to all : for Qui tacit consentire videtur: And I allow you wise, and truly iudicious, because you keepe your Censure to yourselfe.
See the Bibl. Ang. Poet., No. 35, where a copy of this very rare tract is priced at 25l. Bindley's copy, which had formerly belonged to Steevens, and which was sold at his sale in 1820, pt. i, No. 897, for 6l. 88. 6d., was purchased by Mr. Hibbert, and at his sale in 1829, No. 1177, was sold for 71. 78. Od. Mr. Hibbert had also another copy, No. 1178, which sold for 51. 7s. 6d., and was afterwards in the choice library of Mr. Jolley. This we believe to have been Reed's copy, No. 1779, sold to Mr. Hill for 4l. 148. 6d., and the same which was in the Bibl. Ang. Poet., and was afterwards sold in Midgley's sale in 1818. No. 82, to Mr. Hibbert for il. 17s. 6d. Mr. Heber had also two copies of this work one sold, pt. iv, No. 1398, to Mr. Payne Collier — and the other, which is the present one from pt. ix, No. 1769, and pt. xii, No. 1610.
The Blacke Booke has been reprinted in Mr. Dyce's edition of Middleton's works, vol. v.
Bound by C. Lewis.
MANLEY, (THOMAS) - Veni; Vidi; Vici. The Triumphs of the
Most Excellent and Illustrious Oliver Cromwell, &c. Set forth in a Panegyricke. Written originally in Latine, and
faithfully done into English Heroicall Verse, by T: M: Jun.
London Printed for Iohn Tey, at the White Lion in the
Opposite to the title-page is a rare portrait of Oliver Cromwell in armour with a truncheon in his hand, and an attendant page tying on his scarf. On the plate is a motto.
Claud : lib. de laud. Stil :
“Similem Quæ protulit ætas
Consilio vel Marte VIRUM," And at the top the following inscription, “The most excellent Oliver Cromwell Lord Gen" of Greate Brittayne - Chancellor of ye Vniversity of Oxford, and Ld Cheife Gover' of Ireland &c.” This poem in praise of the Protector is preceded by an “ Epistle Dedicatory” to him in prose, signed “ Thomas Manley Junior Jan: 30. 1652.” followed by some verses “ To my Honoured Friend Mr Thomas Manley on his accurate Translation,” &c., by Samuel Sheppard, twenty-two lines, in which, alluding to the original poem in Latin by Payne Fisher, of which Manley's work is a translation, he says:
Ages to come, had never known the use
But if such thanks to bim be due, what praise,
Samuel Sheppard. Then follows a Table of Errata, and a long Dedication of the Poem “to the Lord President Bradshaw, and the rest of the Right Honble the Councell of State, &c.," whose names are all enumerated. In this Dedication there is an allusion made to the celebrated treatise of Milton, “Defensio pro Populo anglicano contra Claudii Salmasii Defensionem Regiam 1650."
“But if your enemies are yet so stubborn that they will not be convinced thereby, let them peruse that excellent peece with a little seriousness, that cleerly declares the Prerogative of Kings, and evidently defends the Priviledges and liberty of the peo
The principal Poem is entitled “A Gratulatory Song of Peace, or, A Triumphall Canto for the Victories of the Most Illustrious and Right Honble Oliver Comwell,” &c. At the end of this is one page of prose, called “ An Animadversion," in which the author states his intention of not forgetting " those truly worthy and honourable men Monke and Overton, whose famous acts rather challenge a volume then the narrow scantling of a page :” and of setting “forth in their lively colours the whole series of all things done (as far as Poesy can) to adorn a second book, taking its beginning from the rendition of S. Johnstown." There is next an Ode of twelve pages “To the Most Excellent, The Lord Generall of Great Brittayne, Oliver Cromwell,” another of six pages “ To the most accomplished Gentleman Edmund Ludlow, the Most Noble Deputy-Governour of Ireland, when he set forward on his journey thither.” An Ode “ wishing health.” And the volume is closed by an "Elegy of four pages to Henry Ireton, late Lord Deputy of Ireland,” &c., “at whose Tombe, and to whose Memory this Funerall Elegy is offered and wept by T. M. Junior.”
See an account of this volume in the Bibl. Ang. Poet., No. 483, and in Fry’s Bibliogr. Memoranda, art. 57, p. 233. As very long and copious extracts are there given from the poem, we shall content ourselves with only a short quotation addressed to the Councell of State:
And You who of the Councell of our State
and all divisions cease, And all things whisper to the Brittaines peace.
Go on graue Fathers therefore, and imprint
Preside new Councells in a State of Bliss. The Portrait belonging to this volume is seldom met with, and when in a perfect state is extremely prized. The present copy has a good impression of it, and formerly belonged to Mr. Bindley, at whose sale in January 1819, it was purchased by Mr. Heber for 21. 88., and was procured from that gentleman's collection in 1834. A copy without the Portrait is marked in the Bibl. Ang. Poet. at ll. 11s. 6d.
Bound in Calf, neat.