John Emmerson, Melbourne, Australia

[Ralegh MS]

Copy of an abridged version, with an index, on 802 small octavo pages, in a black morocco elaborately gilt. Mid-17th century.

RaW 678.8: Sir Walter Ralegh, The History of the World

Later in the library of William Stuart (1755-1822), Archbishop of Armagh, and his son William Stuart (1798-1874), of Aldenham Abbey.

First published in London, 1614. Works (1829), Vols. II-VII.

See also RaW 728.

[Waller 1686]

Two poems inscribed, in a neat hand, in a printed exemplum of the ‘Fifth’ edition of Waller's Poems (London, 1686), in contemporary red morocco gilt. c.1690.

Bookplates of Sir Charles Bagot [? (1781-1843), of Blithfield House, Rugely, Staffordshire, Governor-General of British North America, and of William Waldorf, Viscount Astor of Hever Castle. Probably the volume in Maggs's sale catalogue No. 643 (1937), item 1571. Quaritch's sale catalogue ‘English Literature in Manuscript’ (November 1996), item 17.

On front endpapers

WaE 541.5: Edmund Waller, To His Majesty, upon his Motto, Beati Pacifici, occasioned by the taking of Buda, 1686 (‘Buda and Rhodes proud Solyman had torn’)

Copy, on three pages.

First published as a separate leaf inserted in some exempla of Poems, ‘Fifth’ edition (London, 1686). Thorn-Drury, II, 106-7.

On rear endpapers

WaE 286.5: Edmund Waller, Of the last Verses in the Book (‘When we for age could neither read nor write’)

Copy, on two pages.

First published in Poems, ‘Fifth’ edition (London, 1686). Thorn-Drury, II, 144.


A printed exemplum, inscribed on the title-page ‘Edm Waller. 001: 5s: 1675’. 1675.

*WaE 865: Edmund Waller, Aristotle. La Rhetorique d'Aristote, traduction nouvelle [par F. Cassandre] (Paris, 1675)

Christie's, 30 September 1981 (Chatsworth sale), lot 447). This corresponds to lot 343 in the Waller sale of 1832.