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Baron's (R.) Cyprian Academy. 8vo. 1647. A copy sold at Saunders', 1818, for 61. 16s. 6d.
This Romance was written when the Author was only 17 years
and in it he introduces two Dramatic Pieces, entitled “ Deorum Dono,” and “ Gripus and Hegio.” The Author was nephew of James · Howell, Author of the Familiar Letters, who thus speaks of it in his Letters, 8vo. p. 432, Lond. 1754.
To Mr. R. Baron, at Paris. Gentle Sir, I received and presently ran over your Cyprian Academy with much greediness and no vulgar delight; and Sir, I hold myself much honoured for the Dedication you have been pleased to make thereof to me, for it deserved a far higher patronage. Truly I must tell you without any compliment, that I have seldom met with such an ingenious mixture of prose and verse, interwoven with such varieties of fancy and charming strains of amorous passions, which have made all the Ladies of the land in love with you. If you begin already to court the Muses so handsomely, and have got such footing on Parnassus, you may in time be Lord of the whole Hill; and those nice Girls, because Apollo is now grown unwieldly and old, and may make choice of you to officiate in his room and preside over them.
There is usually a Portrait prefixed to the Cyprian Academy of the Author, aged 19, without his name, but this, from the date, must have been intended for the Work I shall next mention : viz. Pocula Castalia, &c. Poems. 8vo, 1650. By R. Baron. Which sold at Woodhouse's sale for 21. 88.
According to the Author of Censura Literaria, vol. i. p. 166, R. Baron, the Author of these Poems, was born 1630, educated at Cambridge, and afterwards at Gray's Inn. Mr. Ellis, who has given a specimen of his writings, says, “ Whatever is Poetical in him appears to be pilfered from other Writers.”
Acuña (Christoval de) Nuevo descubrimiento del Gran Rio de
las Amazonas. Small 4to. En Madrid en la emprinta del Reyno. 1641. This
very rare book contains only 46 leaves of text, preceded by six leaves of preliminary matter, iucluding the title.
Camus de Limare 248 francs ; Saint Ceran 181 francs ;. Gaignat 170 francs ; Paris sale, 1791, 101. 10s.; Heathcote, 81. 188. 6d.; Stanley, 161.
The Author, a Spanish Jesuit, was sent on a mission to the American Indians : but the projects expected from its discoveries respecting the great River were afterwards discountenanced by the House of Braganza; and Philip IV. ordered all the copies of this curious book to be destroyed, so that for many years two only were known to exist; one in the Vatican Library, and another in the possession of M. de Gomberville, who translated it into French under the title of
“ Relation de la Riviere des Amazones.” 2 tom. 12mo, Paris.
Annalia Dubrensia. Upon the Yearly Celebration of Mr.
. Robert Dover's Olimpick Games upon Cotswold Hills, &c. 4to. Lond. 1636.
Steevens, 11. 2s.; Townley, 31, 38. (reprint); Saunders, 1818, 131. 2s. 6d.; Bindley, December, 1818, 121, 12s.; Hon, G. Nassau, 1824, (reprint,) 21. 11s. 6d. Thorpe's Catalogue, 1824, 81. 8s.
The Frontispiece to the above Book represents the Games and Sports, such as men playing at cudgels, wrestling, leaping, pitching the bar, throwing the iron hammer, handling the pike, leaping over the heads of men kneeling, standing upon their hands, &c. Also women dancing, men hunting and coursing the hare with hounds, greyhounds, &c. With a castle built of boards, on a hillock, with guns therein firing, and the Picture of the great Director, Captain Dover, on horseback, riding from place to place.
This Book, which hath the running title Cotswold Games on every page, consists of verses made by the said. Annalia Dubrensia. These Games were begun and continued, at a certain time in the year, for 40 years, by one
v several hands, on Robert Dover, an Attorney, of Barton on the Heath, in Warwickshire, son of John Dover, of Norfolk, who being full of activity, and of a generous, free, and publick spirit, did, with leave from King James 1st, select a place on Cotswold Hills, in Gloucestershire, wherein those Games should be acted. Endimion Porter, Esq. a native of this country, and a servant to that King, to encourage Dover, gave him some of the King's clothes, with a hat, feather, and ruff, purposely to be used on the occasion of these Sports. Dover used to be constantly there in person, thus decked out and well mounted and accoutred, and was the chief Director and Manager of those Games, which were frequented by the Nobility and Gentry, for sixty miles round, 'till, as blunt Anthony Wood expresses it, “the rascally Rebellion was began by the Presbyterians, which gave a stop to their proceedings, and spoyled all that was generous or ingenious elsewhere." These sports were afterwards revived, but not, I imagine, with their original spirit; I recollect, that Geoffry Wildgoose and his man Tugwell's first Essay in Spiritual Quixotism, is described by the Rev. Mr. Graves, as taking place at Dover's Hill Revel.*
Tue Poetry in the Annalia Dubrensia, was the work of several Poets, some of whom were then, as Wood says, the chielest of the Nation, as Michael Drayton, Thomas Randolph, of Cambridge; Ben Johnson ; Owen Feltham; Captain John Mennes; Shakerley Marmion, Esq.; T. Heywood, Gent.; &c. Others of lesser note were John Trussell, who continued Daniels' History of England; Joh. Monson; F. Rutter ; W. Basse; W. Denny, &c. &c.
* See the Spiritual Quixote, vol. i. chap. ix.
Barksdale's (Clement) Nympha Libethris : or the Cotswold
Muse presenting some extempore Verses to the Imitation of Young Scholars. Four Parts. 12mo. Lond. 1651.
A copy of this rare book, of which the contents have been amply described by Mr. Park in the 6th volume of the Censura Literaria, sold in a sale at Saunders's, in 1818, for 151. 158. and was bought, I believe, by Mr. Dent.
A reprint by Sir E. Brydges, 8vo. 1816, sold at Mr. G. Nassau's sale, 1824, for 16s.
Wood, who also furnishes an account of Barksdale and his very numerous productions, says that this work has nothing at all to do with the Annalia Dubrensia, with which it has by, some persons been confounded.
El Diablo Coivelo, Novele de la otra vida. 8vo. Barcelona.
1646. Le Sage is supposed to have founded his Diable Boiteux on this work.
A copy in Lloyd's sale, 1819, 11. 28.
Vindicia, contra Tyrannos : sive, de Principis in Populum,
Populique in Principem, legitima potestate, Stephano Junio
Bruto Celta, Auctore. 8vo. Edinburgi. Anno 1579. De la Puissance légitime du Prince sur le Peuple et du Peu
ple sur le Prince, trad. du Lat. (par Francois Etienne) 8vo. 1581.