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162* Brathwait (Richard). "A New Spring shadowed in sundry
Pithie Poems. Musophilus: N. Luttrell's copy, calf by
C. Lewis, very scarce, printed by G. Eld for T. Baylie, 1619 163 Breton (Nicholas). A FLOORISH upon Fancie. As gallant
a Glose upon so triflinge a text as ever was written. Compiled by N. B. Gent. To which are annexed manie pretie Pamphlets, for pleasant heads to passe away idle time withal. By the same author. Black Letter. Imprinted at London by Richard Jhones,
1577 ** Of the utmost rarity.
“The Preface,” following the distinct title to The Toyes of an idle Head, is entirely omitted in the reprint in Heliconia, Vol. I. which was
made from the edition of 1582. 164 Britton's BowRE OF DELIGHTS. Contayning Many
most delectable and fine devices, of rare Epitaphes, pleasant Poems, Pastorals and Sonets, by N. B. Gent.
Imprinted by Richard Jhones, at the Rose and Crowne neere Holborne Bridge.
1591 *** One of the greatest rarities in our language. This is the book, and the edition of the book, the authenticity of which Nicholas Breeton denies in his Pilgrimage to Paradise, 4to. 1592. It was again printed in 1597. See the following nuniber. R. Jones, the Printer, says that he published it in “ the author's ab
sence." From Perry's Collection.
Many, most delectable and fine devises of rare Epi-
N. Breton in his Pilgrimage to Paradise, 1592, disowns the greater part of the Bower of Delights, which was first printed as above, in 1591 by Richard Jones ; but he nevertheless' re-published it with some variations pointed out in Mr. Heber's MS. notes.
The second piece in this volume is no doubt what is called Pasquil's Melancholy in the proge dialogue introductory of 'Tis Merry when Gossips Meete, 1602, and where it is coupled with Pasquil's Mad-cup and Foolscap, both pieces known to have been written by N. Breton. At the end of Melancholike Humours is the “Epitaph upon Poet Spencer,” mentioning his Fairy
Queen, Shepherd's Calendar and Mother Hubbard's Tale.
166 BRETON (Nicholas) THE PILGRIMAGE TO PARADISE, JOYNED
WITH The Countesse of Penbrookes love, compiled in
The first poem in this volume is not mentioned
order to secure a Sale to the Collection. 167 Pleasant Quippes for Upstart Newfangled Gentle
women, or a Glasse to view the Pride of vain glorious
*** “ It is much in the stile of Nich. Breton." MS. note by Mr. Heber. Very rare indeed, and highly valu
able for its intrinsic merit. 168 The Will of Wit, Wit's Will, or Wils Wit, chuse you
whether, &c. (with the Author's Dreame) newly corrected and amended. Printed by Thomas Creede.
The Scholler and the Souldiour. A Disputation pithily passed betweene them. Printed for the same, 1606
The Miseries of Mavillia. The most unfortunate Ladie that ever lived. Printed for the same, 1606 The praise of vertuous Ladies.
Printed for the same, 1606 *** These four tracts were first printed in 1597. The date 1606, on The Will of Wit, has been cut off, but it is found on the other three pieces. They are all rare. The initials at the end of The Praise of Vertuous Ladies, “ Finis N. G. Gent.” must be a misprint, as N. Breton signs the address to the Reader with
his name at length. 169 Pasquil's Mad-Cap and Mad-cappes Mess&, want
ing - two leaves. Printed lry V. S. for Thomas Bushell,
1600. The Second Part of Pasquil's Mad Cap intituled The Foole's Cap: with Pasquil's Passion, began by himself and finished by his Friend Morphorius, 1600. Pasquil's Passe and passeth not. Set downe in three Pees. Printed by V. S. for John Smithicke, 1600. Three Tracts
in 1 vol. These three Satirical pieces are extremely rare. 170 BRETON (NICHOLAS) Cornucopiæ. Pasquil's . Night-cap, or Antidot for the Head-ache, fine copy, russia.
Printed for Thomas Thorp, 1612 *** This is the earliest known edition, but there can be no doubt that it was printed in or before 1600, and that it was written by Nicholas Breton. He mentions it as his work in his Pasquil's Passe and passeth not, published in 1600, as having already, appeared. The poem well merited the reprint made of it a few years
ago. 171 A Divine Poeme, divided into two Partes; The
Ravisht Soule and the Blessed Weeper. Compiled by Nicholas Breton, Gentleman. Imprinted for John Browne and John Deane, 1601. An Excellent Poeme upon the longing of a blessed heart; which loathing the world, doth long to be with Christ, with an Addition, upon the definition of love. Compiled by Nicholas Breton. Imprinted for the same, 1601. The Honour of Valour by Nicholas Breton. Printed for Christopher Purset, and are to bee solde at the Mary Magdalen's Head in Holborne, 1605, 3 vol. in 1, fine copies in red morocco, from Stevens's and Farmer's Libraries.
*** By the two title-pages accompanying this vol. it appears that the first two portions were reprinted in 1606, although nothing is now known of any such
editions. Extremely rare, particularly the last. 172 A Dialogue full of Pithe and Pleasure, between
three Philosophers; Antonio, Meandro, and Dinarco, upon the Dignitie or Indignitie of Man.
Printed by T. C. for J. Browne, 1603 A Tract on " the Dignitie of Man," 1612, is assigned to Anthony Nixon, and perhaps he derived his materials from the same source as Breton, who translated
much of the present piece from the Italian. 173 A Merrie Dialogue betwixt the Taker and the Mis
taker, fine copy, of a very popular piece, dedicated to John Florio,
Imprinted for James Shaw, 1603 174 A Poste with a Packet of Mad Letters, Newly Im.
printed, in two books, fine copy, John Marriott, 1633
*** Printed at least as early as 1603, if not before that date, again in 1607, 1610, and probably several 175 BRETON (NICHOLAS) A Poste with a Packet of Mad Letters.
times in the interval between that date and 1633.
the fourth time enlarged, 1607. Ibid. Part Second, 1606. The Secretaries Studie, containing new Familiar Epistles, by Thomas Gainsford, 1616. Cupid's Messen
ger (wanting title) in 1 vol. 176 An Olde Man's Lesson and a Young Man's Love,
fine copy, rare, Imprinted for Edward White, 1605
*** This production, without any sufficient reason, is included in the Biographia Dramatica. If it be entitled to a place there, Breton's other Dialogues ought not to
be excluded. 17
Honest Counsaile. A Merrie Fitte of a Poetical Furie; Good to read, better to follow, extremely rare.
Imprinted by W. W. for W. Jones, 1605 178 I Pray you be not Angry for I will make you Merry.
A Pleasant and Merry Dialogue betweene two Travellers, as they met on the High-way.
Printed by B. A. and T. F. for Samuel Rand, 1632
** This very pleasant Tract was first printed in 1605. Among other points it contains an allusion to the play of Wily Beguiled, which was printed in 1606, but acted probably at least ten years earlier. “I believe this piece of N. Breton's to be
scarce.” 179 The Soules Immortall Crowne, consisting of Seaven
Glorious Graces, devided into Seaven Dayes Workes, dedicated to King James, with wood cut borders,
Printed by H. Lownes, 1605 180 Sir Philip Sydney's Ourania, that is,
Endimion's Song and Tragedie,
Containing all Philosophie,
Printed by Ed. Allde for Edward White, 1606 181
Wits Private Wealth, Stored with Choise Commodities to Content the Minde,
Printed by Edward Allde for John Tappe, 1612 182 - I WOULD, AND Would Not. A Poetical Tract of the greatest rarity, from Bibl. Anglo-Poet. in morocco,
Printed by Tho. C. for Tho. Bushell, 1614 *** “ I believe this Tract to be written by Nicholas Breton," Note by Mr. Heber, The following is an extract from it.
And let them laugh that beare the Bell away.
But speake but little of the Life of Love,
*** There is little doubt that this Tract was written by Nicholas Breton ; it was not unusual for him to reverse his initials on the title-pages of some of his
Tracts. This is one of the very scarcest. In inorocco. 183 Breton (Nicholas) The Good and the Badde, or Descrip
tions of the Worthies and Unworthies of this Āge. Where the Best may see their Graces, and the Worst discerne their “Basenesse, printed by George Purslowe for John Budge, 1616
*** A series of very well written characters, and some of the earliest of the kind. Bishop Hall seems to have led the way in this kind of writing by his Characterisms,
and it afterwards became extremely popular. 184 The Hate of Treason, with a touch of the late Treason, by N. B. a portion of the last leaf wanting,
Printed at London, 1616 *** The MS. of this Poem is among the Royal MSS. in the British Museum, but no other printed copy besides
the present appears to be known. 185 -The Mother's Blessing, Printed for J. Smethwicke, 1621
copy of a very rare poem. 186 The Court and Country, or A Briefe Discourse be
tweene the Courtier and Country-man; of the Manner, Nature and Condition of their lives, Dialogue-wise set downe betwixt a Courtier and Country-man, Contayning many Delectable and Pithy Sayings worthy Observation. Also, Necessary Notes for a COURTIER, written by N. B.