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BOOKS CONNECTED WITH EPIGRAMMATIC
The following list of books may be useful to students of Epigrammatic Literature. It is not requisite to mention any of the works which must form the basis of all study of this subject-such as the Greek and Latin Anthologies; the principal English poets, major and minor, from Chaucer to the present time; and the well-known writers of Latin epigrams-Buchanan, Owen, and others ; whilst the ordinary sources whence translations from the Greek and Latin may be obtained are too generally known to require to be specified. The chief object of the list is to call attention to the volumes of epigrams by authors of the 16th and 17th centuries, whose names are now scarcely known; to indicate some of the numerous collections of scattered pieces, which issued thick and fast from the press in the 18th century, and a few of those works in which epigrams are found imbedded in the midst of other matter, chief among which are the “Gentleman's Magazine,” and one of the most valuable of modern periodicals, “ Notes and Queries.” The list is only a selection from the mass of volumes which it bas been found necessary to examine for this work; and it is needless to say, that it does not contain a tithe of the works connected with Epigrammatic Literature which are accessible in the British Museum and other public libraries.
The edition given is that which has been used.
“ John Heywood's Works. A dialogue containing the number of the effectual proverbs, &c. &c. With one hundred of epigrams: and three hundred of epigrams upon three hundred proverbs : and a fifth hundred of epigrams. Whereunto are newly added a sixth hundred of epigrams by the said John Heywood.” London, 1576.
“ Chrestoleros. Seven Books of Epigrams, written by T. B.” (Thomas Bastard). London, 1598.
“ Two Centuries of Epigrams. By John Heath, B.A. and Fellow of New College, Oxford.” London, 1610.
Laquei Ridiculosi : or Springes for Woodcocks. By Henry Parrot." London, 1613.
“ Linsi-Woolsie, or Two Centuries of Epigrams. Written by William Gamage, Bachelor in the Arts.” Oxford, 1613.
“Rubbe and a Great Cast." And “ Runne and a Great Cast. The second bowle.” “Epigrams by Thomas Freeman, Gent." London, 1614.
“New Epigrams and a Satyre. Written by Jos. Martyn, a Wellwisher to Study.” London, 1621.
Quodlibets lately come over from New Britaniola, Old Newfoundland. Epigrams and other small parcels, both moral and divine. The first four books being the author's own: the rest translated out of that excellent Epigrammatist, Mr. John Owen, and other rare authors. With two epistles of that exrellently wittie Doctor Francis Rablais. Translated out of his French at large. All of them composed and done at Harbor-Grace, in Britaniola, anciently called Newfound-Land. By R. H. (Robert Hayman), sometime Governor of the Plantation." London, 1628.
“ The most Elegant and Wittie Epigrams of Sir John Harington, Knight. Digested into Four Books." London, 1633.
“ Mirror of the New Reformation. Epigrams on the Reformers.” (In the British Museum copy this title is in MS., taken from a bookseller's catalogue.) Paris, 1634.
“Delitia Delitiarum, sive Epigrammatum ex optimis quibusque hujus et novissimi seculi poetis in amplissimâ illâ Bibliothecâ Bodleianâ, &c. Operâ Ab. Wright, Art. Bac. et S. Joan. Bapt. Coll. Socii.” Oxoniæ, 1637.
Two Books of Epigrams and Epitaphs. Dedicated to two topbranches of Gentry, Sir Charles Shirley, Baronet, and William Davenport, Esquire. Written by Thomas Bancroft.” London, 1639.
“ Clarastella; together with Poems occasional, Elegies, Epigrams, Satires. By Robert Heath, Esquire.” London, 1650.
Epigrams, Theological, Philosophical, and Romantic. Sis Books. Also the Socratic Session, or the Arraignment and Conviction of Julius Scaliger ; with other Select Poems. By S. Sheppard.” London, 1651.
“Paradoxes, Problems, Essays, Characters written by Dr. Donne, Dean of Paul's. To which is added a book of epigrams written in Latin by the same author ; translated into English by J. Maine, D.D. As also Ignatius his Conclave, a Satire, &c. &c.” London, 1652.
* Recreation for Ingenious Head-pieces. Or a Pleasant Grove for their Wits to Walk in.” London, 1654.
“ Es Otio Negotium, or Martiall his Epigrams translated. With sundry Poems and Fancies. By R. Fletcher.” London, 1656.
“ Tarpıkby owpov, or a Legacy to his Sons : Being a Miscellany of Precepts, Theological, Moral, Political, (Economical. Digested into Seven Centuries of Quadrins. By Henry Delaune." 2nd edition, 1057.
“Poems or Epigrams, Satires, Elegies, Songs and Sonnets upon several Persons and Occasions.” By John Eliot. London, 1658.
“ Parnassi Puerperium.” Consisting of Translations from Owen and Sir Thomas More : and a Century of Epigrams, by Thomas Pecke. London, 1659.
“Sales Epigrammatum : Being the choicest Distichs of Martial's Fourteen Bopks of Epigrams ; and of all the chief Latin Poets that have writ in these last two centuries. Together with Cato's Morality. Made English by James Wright.” London, 1663. (This volume contains the distichs from Abraham Wright's “Delitiæ Delitiarum.")
“ Epigrams of All Sorts, made at several Times, on several Occasions. By Richard Flecknoe. Being rather a new work than a new impression of the old." London, 1671.
“Wit's Interpreter. The English Parnassus. Songs. Epigrams, Epitaphs, Drolleries, &c. The Third Edition, with many Additions. By J. C.” London, 1671.
“ Miscellaneous Poems, by Andrew Marvell, Esq.” London, 1681.
* John Cleveland's revised Poems, Orations," &c. &c. London, 1687.
“ All Ovid's Elegies : Three Books. By C. M.(Christopher Marlowe). Epigrams by J. D. (Sir John Davies). At Middleburg.” (No date.)
* The Mastive, or Young-Whelpe of the Olde-Dogge. Epigrams and Satires.” (No date.) (The Preface is signed “H. P.")
"Epigrams upon the Paintings of the most eminent Masters, Ancient and Modern. With Reflections upon the several Schools of Painting, by J. E., Esq.” (John Elsum). London, 1700.
· Poems on Affairs of State.” 4 vols. London, 1703-1707. "Oxford and Cambridge Miscellany Poems." (Edited by Fenton.) London, 1709.
· Poetical Miscellanies, consisting of original Poems and translations by the best hands. Published by Mr. Steele.” London, 1714.
Miscellany Poems. Containing a variety of new translations of the Ancient Poets : together with several original Poems. By the most eminent hands. Published by Mr. Dryden. The Fourth Edition.” 6 vols. London, 1716.
"A New Miscellany of Original Poems, Translations, and Imitations. By the most eminent hands." (Edited by Hammond.) London, 1720.
“The Grove; or a Collection of Original Poems, Translations, &c., by W. Walsh, Dr. J. Donne, &c. &c.” (Edited by Walsh.) London, 1721.
- The Works of Mr. Henry Needler. Published by Mr. Duncombe.” London, 1728.
“ The London Medley; containing the Exercises spoken by several young Noblemen and Gentlemen at the Annual Meeting of the Westminster Scholars, on the 28th of January, 1730-1, at Westminster School."
“ The Honey-Suckle, consisting of original Poems, Epigrams, Songs, Tales, Odes, and Translations. By a Society of Gentlemen." London, 1734.
"A Collection of Epigrams. To which is prefixed a Critical Dissertation on this Species of Poetry.” 2 vols. London, 1735–37.
“Poems on Several Occasions." By Mary Barber. London, 1735. “ Poems on Several Occasions." By Stephen Duck. London, 1736.
Wit's Cabinet; or Companion for Young Men and Ladies.” London, 1737.
“Miscellany Poems. By a Gentleman of Oxford.” London, 1737.
“ A Collection of Miscellany Poems, never before published.” London, 1737.
Epigrams in Distich.” London, 1740. ** The British Apollo, containing two thousand answers to curious questions in most arts and sciences, serious, comical, and humorous, &c. &c. Performed by a Society of Gentlemen.” Fourth edition. 3 vols. London, 1740.
* The Foundling Hospital for Wit; intended for the reception and preservation of such brats of Wit and Humour, whose parents choose to drop them.” London, 1743, &c.
" A Collection of Original Poems and Translations. By John Whaley, M.A., Fellow of King's Coll., Cambridge.” London, 1745.
* Theatre of Wit; or a Banquet of the Muses." London, 1746.
“ Poems on Various Subjects and Occasions. By the Honourable Alexander Robertson of Struan, Esq.” Edinburgh. No date. (1750 ?)
“ The Works of the late Aaron Hill.” 4 vols. London, 1753.
“ Certain Epigrams in laud and praise of the Gentlemen of the Dunciad.” (No date.)
“ Poems by Eminent Ladies.” 2 vols. London, 1755. Toldervy's (William)“ Select Epitaphs.” London, 1755.
"A Collection of Select Epigrams, in which are many originals never before printed. By the most eminent bands. Published by Mr. Hackett.” London and Canterbury, 1757.
“ Select and Remarkable Epitaphs on Illustrious and other Persons in several Parts of Europe, with Translations of such as are in Latin and
Foreign Languages; and compendious accounts of the Deceased, their
“Fugitive Pieces in Verse and Prose." By Horace Walpole (Lord Orford). Printed at Strawberry Hill, 1758.
“ The Works of Mr. Thomas Brown, Serious and Comical. In prose and verse: with his Remains, &c. By James Drake, M.D.” 4 vols. London, 1760.
“ The Poetical Calendar. Containing a Collection of Scarce and Valuable Pieces of Poetry: with variety of Originals and Translations by the most eminent hands. Intended as a Supplement to Mr. Dodsley's Collection. Written and selected by Francis Fawkes, M.A., and William Woty.” 12 vols. Loudon, 1763.
“ The Festoon: Collection of Epigrams, Ancient and Modern. With an Essay on that Species of Composition.” By the Rev. Richard Graves, M.A. 2nd edition. London and Bath, 1767.
“ A Collection the most esteemed pieces of Poetry that have appeared for several years, with variety of originals, by the late Moses Mendez, Esq., and other contributors to Dodsley's Collection, to which this is intended as a Supplement.” 2nd edition. London, 1770.
"A Collection of Curious Discourses written by eminent Antiquaries upon several heads in our English Antiquities. Together with Mr. Thomas Hearne's Preface and Appendix to the former edition. To which are added a great number of Antiquary Discourses written by the same authors. Most of them now first published from the original MSS.” Two vols. London, 1771.
"Epigrams of Martial, &c., with Notes from Horace, &c., Translated, Imitated, Adapted, and Addrest to the Nobility, Clergy, and Gentry; with Notes moral, historical, explanatory, and humorous. By the Rev. Mr. Scott, M.A., late of Trinity College, Cambridge.” London, 1773.
“ Poems of John Byrom.” 2 vols. Manchester, 1773.
“ The Wit's Miscellany, or a Companion for the Choice Spirits, consisting of a great variety of odd and uncommon Epigrams, Facetious Drolleries, Whimsical Mottoes, Merry Tales, Fables, &c. &c.” Dedicated to Garrick, Colman, and Foote. London, 1774.
“The Repository: a Select Collection of Fugitive Pieces of Wit and Humour in prose and verse by the most eminent writers.” Collected by Isaac Reed. 4 vols. London, 1777–83. " The New Paradise of Dainty Devices." London, 1777.
Walpoliana.” Collected by John Pinkerton. 2 vols. London, 1779.
Granger's “ Biographical History of England.” 4 vols. 1779. And
"A Select Collection of Poems: with Notes, biographical and historical.” 8 vols. London, Nichols, 1780-82.
“A Collection of Poems in six rolumes, by several hands. With