Lot 1146: James Howell EPISTOLAE HO-ELINAE FAMILIAR LETTERS 1678 Antique Letters History Philosophy Science Travel Walter Raleigh
October 22, 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: Epistolae Ho-Elinae. Familiar Letters, Domestic and Forren. Divided into Four Books, Partly Historical, Political, Philosophicall, Upon Emergent Occasions
Author: James Howell - James Howell (c. 1594 – 1666) was a 17th-century Anglo-Welsh historian and writer who is in many ways a representative figure of his age. The son of a Welsh clergyman, he was for much of his life in the shadow of his elder brother Thomas Howell, who became Lord Bishop of Bristol. [Courtesy Wikipedia.]
Publisher: Printed for Thomas Guy
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 510 pages
Width: 5" Height: 7"
Book Details: "Epsitolae Ho-Elianae. Familiar Letters" was largely written to imaginary correspondents while Howell was imprisoned in the Fleet, 1643-51, as a Royalist or as an insolvent debtor. It is the work upon which his reputation rests and may "be credited with an immediate literary influence in making the penning of fictitious correspondence a fashionable art. Howell is one of the earliest Englishmen who made a livelihood out of literature, but it is in his Epistolae that his literary power is displayed at its best. Philosophic reflection, political, social, and domestic anecdote, scientific speculation, are all intermingled with attractive ease in the correspondence which he professes to have addressed to men of all ranks and degrees of intimacy." (DNB) The letters concern a wide range of subjects, including travel, wine, social relations, and Sir Walter Raleigh.
Condition / Notes: This volume is bound in full leather, with four raised bands and gilt lettering to the spine. The volume's exterior displays rubbing and edge wear. The binding is cracked at the front hinge. A bookplate and note in ink are present on the front paste-down, and a note is tipped in on the rear paste-down. One of the blank preliminary pages is torn with loss. The interior is largely clean and bright, with some scattered foxing and toning. This volume contains an index.
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