Item VIII/v/01 - Minervae Sacellum; The muses address to the Right Hon. Richard, Earl of Burlington on the erecting of the new dormitory for the K.S

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Minervae Sacellum; The muses address to the Right Hon. Richard, Earl of Burlington on the erecting of the new dormitory for the K.S

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GB 2014 WS-01-GRE-VIII/v/01

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1st Edition

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  • 1861 (Accumulation)
    Westminster School
  • 1848 (Accumulation)
    Weare, Thomas William, 1813-1871
  • 1722 (Publication)
    London, United Kingdom
  • 1722 (Accumulation)
    Boyle, Richard, 1694-1753

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4to, 1 volume

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SETTLE, ELKANAH, son of Josias Settle, Dunstable, Beds., and Sarah ---; b. 1 Feb 1647/8; adm.; KS 1663; Trinity Coll. Oxford, matr. 13 Jul 1666; his first play, Cambyses, King of Persia, was performed at Lincoln’s Inn Fields in 1666; his bombastic plays became so popular that Dryden’s jealousy was aroused and a fierce literary warfare ensued between them; at first a violent Whig, but afterwards an equally violent Tory; City Laureate 1691; writer of drolls for Bartholomew Fair; a Poor Brother of the Charterhouse from 1718; author, Minervae Sacellum, or the Muses’ Address to the Rt. Hon. the Earl of Burlington, on the erecting the New Dormitory for King’s Scholars at Westminster, 1722; author, numerous dramatical and poetic works; m. 28 Feb 1673/4 Mary Warner; d. 12 Feb 1723/4. DNB.

Custodial history

Elkanah Settle's poem was commissioned by Lord Burlington. This copy is the only surviving printing which is known. An inscription on the front flyleaf states 'This Book belonged to the celebrated Heber Collection - see the stamp in the last fly leaf at the end.' However, no stamp is currently visible, and the item does not feature in any of the volumes of 'Bibliotheca Heberiana', produced when the collection was sold in the 1830s. A second note on the flyleaf indicates that the volume was bought by T.W. Weare, Master of the Queen's Scholars in 1848, from Dr Goodenough, Dean of Wells' sale. It was then presented by Weare to the Captain of the Queen's Scholars in 1861. There is also a bookplate, with the initials 'R.W.' which has been struck through.

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Settle's printed poem has been pasted onto large pages and illuminated in an ornate style with architectural and armorial details. These designs are echoed in the binding, which is red morocco with dark blue onlay and decorated with gold and blind tooling. The item was conserved in the 20th century with its corners and spine repaired with brown calf.

it has been suggested that the binding is recycled from an earlier volume. The coats of arms are those of a man from the Savile family, ensigned by an earl's coronet, suggesting a date from 1679-1682, when the grandfather of Lady Dorothy Savile, Lord Burlington's wife, was Earl of Halifax.

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The front board is particularly worn and damaged.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Access to rare books is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, in cases where the item in unavailable at another UK repository.

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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School's Policy on Archive and Heritage Collections, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of items in the custody of Westminster School must be sought from its Governing Body.

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Jacques Carré, in Lord Burlington (1694 – 1753): Le Connaisseur, Le Mécène, L’Architecte states (pp. 201, 439) that there is a payment from Richard Boyle, Lord Burlington to Settle in his accounts dated 5th July 1722.

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