SETTLE (ELKANAH) Carmen Irenicum. The Union of the Imperial Crowns of Great Britain. An Heroick Poem, first edition, for the Author, 1707
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SETTLE (ELKANAH)
Carmen Irenicum. The Union of the Imperial Crowns of Great Britain. An Heroick Poem, first edition, for the Author, 1707
Sold for £1,375 (US$ 2,313) inc. premium
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SETTLE (ELKANAH)
Carmen Irenicum. The Union of the Imperial Crowns of Great Britain. An Heroick Poem, first edition, parallel title-pages and text in Latin and English, inserted leaf with manuscript dedicatory epistle "To the Rt. Worshipfull Sir James Hallet", contemporary black morocco by Elkanah Settle's binder, covers with a narrow gilt roll outer border, enclosing a central panel with a wider border and floral cornerpieces, and an inner panel surrounding an allegorical centre-piece composed of the royal crown, a dove of peace, and a wreath with a Garter star bearing the mottoes of the Order of the Garter and the Order of the Thistle, surmounted by two sprays of roses and thistles, rubbed [Foxon S246], folio, for the Author, 1707

Footnotes

  • England and Scotland now have joyn'd their Lands,
    And so I hope they'l joyne their hearts, & hands:
    And both contribute to a reformation
    To forward true Religion in this Nation...

    So begins the additional manuscript epistle to this fine presentation copy, written in celebration of the recently passed Acts of Union between England and Scotland, and in praise of Sir James Hallett, Kt., of Little Dunmow, Essex (born 1 January 1659, Freeman of the Goldsmiths' Co. and knighted at Windsor on 16 September 1707). The attractive epistle is subscribed "from your Worshipps most Obedient Se[rvant] Joshua Bowes, late Lieutenant" and is written in black/brown and blue ink; it is headed with sketches of three flowers in ink and watercolour (the central flowerhead in gold).

    In 1691 Elkanah Settle had taken up a position as the official poet to the City of London and he began to write occasional poems in heroic couplets, to mark state occasions, marriages and funerals. The present poem, also written in celebration of Scottish Union, is dedicated to Queen Anne and to "the patriots of Great Britain". It is not unusual to find this and other later works by him in similar presentation bindings, often adapted for specific patrons.

    Provenance: Sir James Hallet; John Hallett, bookplate.
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