Verses On The Coronation Of Their Late Majesties King George Ii. And Queen Caroline, October Mdccxxvii.
Printed for W. Bowyer. Sold by R. and J. Dodsley, in Pall-mall; S. Barker, in College-Street, Westminster; and G. Woodfall, at Charing-Cros; Printed for J. Spragg, 16, King Street, Covent Garden, by A. Wilson, Oriental Press, Wild Court.
Spoken by the scholars of westminster school, (some of them now the ornaments of the nation) on january 15, following, being the day of the inauguration of queen elizabeth, their foundress. with a translation of all the latin copies. the whole placed in the order of the transactions of that important day. adorned with the coronation medals of the royal pair, and a bust of our present king. to which is subjoined the ceremonial of the august procession, very proper to be compared with the approaching one; and a catalogue of the coronation medals of the kings and queens of england. [bound with:] porteous, beilby. death; a seatonian prize poem. by beilby porteous, m.a. now lord bishop of london. a new edition, with a preface and notes. to which is added, an epitaph on king george the second, by the same author.
8vo, in fours. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. Verses, xxvi + 70 pp. Text in Latin and English. Death, 8vo., x + 30 +  pp. publisher's advertisement. Half title. Bound in nineteenth century half brown morocco, gilt, over paper marbled boards by J and J. P. Edmond and Spark, Aberdeen (binder's label). Extremities worn, edges darkened, some foxing and staining, but otherwise a very good copy. Early ink price of 1/6d at foot of title. Armourial bookplate of Alexander Meyrick Broadley, ex libris The Knapp Bradpole 1895. Illustrated by frontispiece plate of medals. Decorated by headpiece vignettes. A very scarce compilation of material relating to the Coronation of George II in 1727, with Latin verses spoken by the named scholars of Westminster School, who also recited the dedicatory verses to the King and Queen and the Oration. Following the English translation of the verses, is an after dinner speech in the College Hall, texts from Phormio (comic play by Terence, Roman playwright, c. 195/185-159? BC) and an account of the ceremonial of the coronation procession, with a table of the participants and a catalogue of the previous coronation medals. The work would have been assembled between the death of George II in October 1760 and the Coronation of George III in September 1761, when the subject of coronations was topical. The University of Oxford Libraries entry in Library Hub, states that the author of the verses was William Bowyer (1699-1777), the printer of this work, and the translators were Bowyer and John Nichols (1745-1826). Bowyer, who became famous as a scholar printer had been sent by his printer father to receive a classical education at Cambridge, so that he could intelligently correct the proofs of learned works. He took John Nichols, later author, editor of the Gentleman's Magazine for forty years and antiquary, as apprentice in 1757 and gave him an education in the classics. (ESTC T53028). Bound with this work is a new edition of the Seatonian Prize Poem of 1859, by Beilby Porteous (1731-1809), considered to be the work for which the author is best remembered. Born in York, he was a classical scholar at Christ's College, Cambridge and became Bishop of Chester, 1776, being translated to the see of London in 1787. He was a Chaplain to George III and an ardent abolitionist, famous for his sermons which were collected and published. This work has been bound with the Verses because it includes his Epitaph to King George II. The Seatonian Prize for the best poem on a sacred subject has been awarded annually by the University of Cambridge. since 1750. This copy was owned by Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916), barrister and book collector, of The Knapp, Bradpole, Dorset.
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