Dorothy Calthorpe (fl.1672–)

Verse

In commendations of a country Life it being so innocent (‘oh how I hate the tumults of a City’)

Thirty-two lines, in rhymed couplets. Unpublished.

*CaD 1

Autograph.

In: An autograph volume of writings by Dorothy Calthorpe, in verse and prose, closely written in her large rounded hand, with amateurish decorative features, inscribed ‘Dorothy Calthorpe’ in gold ink on the front pastedown, her drawing of a chapel in red ink on the first page dated ‘Jun 20 1684’, and the last page inscribed ‘Dorothy Calthorpe I begane this booke Janewary the 20 in the yeare 1672’, 88 octavo leaves, in contemporary speckled calf. c.1672/3-84.

Inscribed on a flyleaf ‘Anne L'Estrange: Sa Livre Mars. 27 1738’. Later in the library of Lord de Saumarez, Shrubland Hall, Suffolk. Sotheby's, 13 July 2006, lot 94, with facsimile examples in the sale catalogue.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, ff. [6v-7v].

Philander to Philismena (‘oh glorious conquest infenetly aboue’)

Sixty-two lines, in rhymed couplets. Unpublished.

*CaD 2

Autograph

In: the MS described under CaD 1. c.1672/3-84.

Facsimile of ff. [5v-6r] in Sotheby's sale catalogue, p. 71.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, ff. [4v-6r].

*CaD 3

Autograph of the first part, heavily deleted, imperfect, lacking the last part.

In: the MS described under CaD 1. c.1672/3-84.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, f. [3r-v rev.].

Philismena to Philander (‘tis not Philander that I disallow’)

Forty lines in rhymed couplets. Unpublished.

*CaD 4

Autograph.

In: the MS described under CaD 1. c.1672/3-84.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, ff. [3r-4r].

*CaD 5

Autograph, heavily deleted.

In: the MS described under CaD 1. c.1672/3-84.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, ff. [2r-3r rev.].

Prose

A Castell in the aire or the pallace of the man in the moon

A religious meditation. Unpublished.

*CaD 6

Autograph, imperfect, lacking the ending (on two excised leaves).

In: the MS described under CaD 1. c.1672/3-84.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, ff. [62v-86v].

A Description of the Garden of Edden

Unpublished.

*CaD 7

Autograph.

In: the MS described under CaD 1. c.1672/3-84.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, ff. [7v-14r].

A Short History of the Life and Death of Sr Ceasor Dappefer

Unpublished.

*CaD 8

Autograph, introduced ‘or els a pleasant histtory of Jewlious: and Dorindathe trouth of it was so Lately represented that some of those worthy persons are still liueing and ownes what: is here repated’, dated ‘1677’, followed by three pages of explanation about ‘the designe of this littel Memoise’, which was ‘only to giue a true relation of my owne famely...from my grandfather to my fathers death’.

In: the MS described under CaD 1. c.1672/3-84.

Facsimile of ff. [14v-15r] in Sotheby's sale catalogue, p. 70.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421, ff. [14v-62v].

Books inscribed by Dorothy Calthorpe

The Holy Bible

*CaD 9

Dorothy Calthorpe's exemplum of the octavo Bible published by Henry Hills and John Field (London, 1660), inscribed in her characteristic rounded hand with what is presumably her married name ‘Dorothy Harvey her Booke Giuen me by my uncell Nicholas Jun 15 1686’, in contemporary black morocco gilt. 1686.

Later inscriptions including ‘Katharine Tracy’, ‘Thomas Potter’, ‘Given to Anne the Honble Ly. Middleton by Mrs. Caroline Acton, Decr. 1836’, and ‘Jane Anne Broke from her Godmother Anne Honble Lady Middleton July 28 1860’. Later in the library of Lord de Saumarez, Shrubland Hall, Suffolk. Sotheby's, 13 July 2006, in lot 94, with a facsimile of the MS title-page in the sale catalogue, p. 71.

Facsimile of the MS title-page in Sotheby's sale catalogue, p. 71.

Yale, Osborn MS b 421 adjunct.