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WOTTON, Sir Henry.

A Parallell betweene Robert late Earle of Essex, and George late Duke of Buckingham.

London: 1641 Stock Code: 140752
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Wotton's "most valuable contribution"

First edition. "These notices of Wotton's two chief Patrons are his most valuable contribution to the History of his own Times" (Hannah, p. xvii).

The author and diplomat Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639) entered, in 1594, the service of Robert Devereux (1565-1601), second Earl of Essex, as his agent and secretary, supplying intelligence of affairs in Transylvania, Poland, Italy, and Germany. Although Wotton was not directly involved in Devereux's downfall a few years later, he was safely away in France within 16 hours of his patron's apprehension.

George Villiers (1592-1628), first Duke of Buckingham, a favourite of James (VI and) I, was instrumental in Wotton's obtaining of the provostship of Eton College in 1624.

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Quarto (184 x 131 mm), pp. 14. Finely bound by Toovey in full red morocco, titles in gilt to spine, raised bands, floral motif in gilt to compartments, gilt and blind frames to boards with fleur-de-lys motifs at each corner, double gilt fillets to edges and turn-ins, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.


Wood-engraved title vignette portrait of Robert and George, woodcut header and opening initial.


Armorial bookplate of C. W. H. Sotheby to front pastedown, and gilt morocco Beeleigh Abbey book label of W. A. Foyle (1885-1963), founder of Foyles bookshop to front free endpaper. Front joint sometime expertly repaired, slight discolouration to spine, corners and joints a touch rubbed, else bright and firm, bottom edge of 2 pp. shaved close with minimal loss to a couple of letters, else internally clean and fresh; a very good copy.


ESTC R23450; John Hannah, "Poems by Sir Henry Wotton,...", 1845; Wing W3647.


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