Folger call number: V.a.656
Folger holdings ID: 495022
Accession Number: 269375
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Sotheby's catalog description: eati pacifici. A Divine poem, written to the Kings most excellent majestie.. 1622 Royal presentation manuscript in a fine scribal hand, six-line dedicatory verse epistle to the King signed by the author, 413 six-line stanzas in praise of James I and his pacific policies in a single calligraphic italic hand, marginal glosses in a smaller hand by the same scribe, red-ruled margins and pencil line rules, 131 pages, 4to (195 x 155 mm), 1622; seemingly lacking four leaves (stanzas 1-24). Contemporary limp vellum gilt with double fillet border, panel formed by a dog tooth and double fillet with floral cornerpieces, centerpiece of the arms of James I with crown and garter against a background of fleur-de-lys, in a modern collector's box; holes for silk ties, some wear and staining Sotheby's catalog note: An exquisite royal presentation manuscript in its original binding. Sir John Stradling, Baronet (1563-1637), was a scholarly gentleman who inherited large estates in Wales and counted William Camden and Sir John Harington amongst his friends. Stradling had previously published Latin epigrams and translations of the neo-Stoic philosopher Justus Lipsius. This long poem draws on historical and Biblical precedents to praise King James I's policy of peace and nonintervention in European conflicts, criticises religious sectarianism, and urges Christendom to unite in a new crusade against the Turks. In his prefatory verses, Stradling imagines his manuscript's presentation to the King and is keen to emphasise his humility â€” his words come not to press their author's views, "But brought as prisoners to receive from you Acquired at the Robert S. Pirie sale, Sotheby's, New York, 2-4 December 2015, lot 773 Sotheby's provenance note: Lloyd, 5th Baron Kenyonâ€” (1917-1993; armorial bookplate) acquisition: Bernard Quaritch, 1993 Pirie copy accompanied by one ms. sheet of biographical information about Stradling and citation information about this manuscript
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former owner: Pirie, Robert S.