Canticum evangelicum summam.

London, John Norton for Robert Bird, 1636.


8vo, pp (iv) 48 (ii) lacking initial leaf preceding t-p, certainly blank. Roman letter, decorative woodcut on t-p, woodcut initial & typographical ornaments, water stain to upper outer corners, mostly marginal and quite light, a little browning towards gutter on some ll. A good copy in contemp limp vellum, two panels ruled on covers, inner containing central ornament, all gilt.

So far as we can tell the unique copy of the 1636 issue or edition of Bradshawe’s only published work. Two other ‘copies’ are recorded, both apparently dated 1635. The Harley copy now in the BL but comprising the t-p only and the Huth copy, subsequently Edward Almack’s, now lost. Accordingly the present copy seems to be the only surviving example of the text.

Bradshawe (fl. c.1635) was a fellow of Balliol College Oxford and connected to Sir Arthur and Lady Margaret Mainwaring to whom the work is dedicated. Sir Arthur was a well-known figure at the Court of James I and a favourite of Prince Henry, becoming Lieutenant of Windsor Forest as well as a member of Parliament. He was the lover of Anne Tenant, hanged in 1613 for her part in the Overbury murder. About Bradshawe nothing more seems to be known and this little book of neo Latin verse based on extracts from the Gospels is similarly unnoticed by the bibliographers. Why it has not survived is a mystery worth scholarly investigation.

Not in STC. See STC3533.5 for the 1635 issue. No copies in U.S. T-p only at B.L; one known copy ‘lost’.


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