The Churches Lamentation for the losse of the Godly:

STOCK Richard (1614)

£8500.00  [First Edition]

Delivered in a Sermon, at the funerals of that truly noble, and most hopefull young Gentleman, John Lord Harington, Baron of Exton, Knight of the noble order of the Bath and his Majesties Lieutenaunt of the County of Rutland, at Exton in Rutland this last day of March 1614. Together with a patterne of Piety, and the power of godlinesse expressed in his life and death, who yeelded to Nature the 27. of February 1613 [/14]. when he wanted two moneths of 22 yeeres of his age. By Richard Stock, Pastor of Alhallowes-Breadstreet in London. 

 

First Edition. 8vo. [160 x 105m]. [32], 105, [7]pp., initial leaf almost entirely printed in black on the recto save for a woodcut funeral pall in the centre, woodcut arms of Harington (recto) and of the Order of the Bath (verso) on the second leaf, woodcut portrait of Harington on the third leaf, funeral pall woodcut repeated at foot of the final leaf. Small brown stain in the lower blank margin of the first few leaves (not touching the text or the woodcut border), a few corners folded over, a few small spots but otherwise a very good, crisp and wide-margined copy. Contemporary vellum, covers panelled in gilt with gilt tools at each corner and in the centre, spine titled in early manuscript "Fun[eral] Serm" (vellum now soiled, two small holes to spine, ties now missing but with the remains of the black silk still visible on the lower cover).

 

London: printed for John Beale, 1614

STC 23273 (this edition has B1r catchword: Church) recording BL (x 2 copies, both imperfect), Cambridge (x3, the copy at St John's (ex Thomas Baker) is imperfect), Congregational Library (imperfect), National Library of Wales (not located in the online catalogue), Bodley (x2), Corpus Christi Oxford; Folger (x 2, both imperfect), Huntington (Britwell copy bought by Maggs at the sale in April 1924 lot 736 for Huntington), University of Illinois (imperfect, lacking 11 leaves). 

 

Another issue with a cancelled title-page with "for Edmund Weaver and William Welby..." in the imprint is recorded at BL (title-page only), Marquess of Bute, Lincoln Cathedral and Harvard.  The only copy that appears in auction records seems to be at Sotheby's in 1936. 

 

Another edition also printed by Beale is recorded at BL (imperfect), Bodley (date cropped), Exeter Cathedral and Longleat House. 

 

Beside the Britwell copy now at Huntington, the last copies that appear in auction records seem to have been the Thorn-Drury copy of the Weaver & Welby reissue sold at Sotheby’s in 1931 (probably now at Harvard) and an unspecified copy sold at Sotheby’s in 1936.

 

"Thou did’st intrude on death, usurp’st a grave" (John Donne, "Obsequies to the Lord Harington").

 

John Harington (1592-1614) was the only surviving son of the prominent courtier and poet, John Harington (1539/40-1613) who, through his links with Sir Robert Cecil and the Essex faction, was favoured on the accession of King James I with a peerage as Baron Harington of Exton and the governorship of princess Elizabeth.

 

The younger John Harington was particularly close to the King’s eldest son, Prince Henry, and he was educated in his household from 1603-07. A remarkable double portrait of them stag hunting by Robert Peake the Elder (1603) is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He was knighted (Order of the Bath) in January 1605 and after a year at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1607 (which his father had helped found a decade earlier) he embarked on an eighteen-month grand tour of Europe. The tour was as much an unofficial diplomatic mission - Prince Henry had helped Harington to secure a passport - as it was part of Harington’s personal education. He spent six months in Venice where he was introduced to the Doge by the English ambassador Sir Henry Wotton who remarked that “being the eye of the Prince of Wales, this world holds that he [Harington] will one day govern the kingdom” (see ODNB, quoted from Calendar of State Papers, Venice, 1607–10, 216). Harington returned to England via Vienna, Prague, Frankfurt and Paris and was elected M.P.  for Coventry in March 1610. His fortunes changed dramatically when first Prince Henry died in November 1612 and, a year later, his father also died leaving him with an estate deep in debt. Plans had been made for Harington to marry (perhaps to one of the daughters of the Earl of Northumberland) but he died in February 1614 of smallpox at Kew. There was widespread grief at the young man’s death which probably recalled the outburst of national mourning for his friend Prince Henry.

 

This strikingly printed funeral sermon opens with an initial page printed almost entirely in black save for a central woodcut image of a funeral pall. The preliminary leaves illustrate the Harington coat of arms, the arms of the Order of the Bath and a cameo portrait accompanied with Latin verses signed by 'F.H.D.M.' (probably the physician Francis Herring, M.D., d. 1628) with a loose translation below by an 'I.P.' of Sidney Sussex College: "In this dead picture, onely doth appeare | A Lord, and Lords sole heire, to Country deare; | If his soules portrait 'twere, it would thee tell, | That here great Arts, vertues and grace did dwell".

 

The sermon (taken from the Book of Michah) is dedicated by Richard Stock to Harington's sisters, Lucy, Countess of Bedford and Lady Frances Chichester and his mother Lady Anne Harington. The young Countess of Bedford was closely associated with many contemporary literary figures and John Donne addressed a number of poems to her and named his daughter in her honour. Donne also wrote a poem in memory of Harington ("Obsequies to the Lord Harington") which was partly a plea to the Countess to secure patronage to pay Donne's debts; it was unsuccessful and resulted in a cooling of their relationship.

 

Richard Stock (d. 1626) graduated from St John's College, Cambridge (1590/1), was rector of Standlake, Oxfordshire (1596), lecturer at St Augustine's, Watling Street, London, curate of All Hallows, Bread Street (1604-1) and rector there from 1610. His sermon (taken from the book of Micah) he concludes with "a few words of his [Harington's] life and death" in which he paints a picture of both a well-educated man ("I know many both strangers and Englishmen speake admirably of him. As some out of certaine knowledge testifie of him, that he had attained foure languages very sufficiently, The Greeke, Latin, Iyalian, and French...") but also a young man of great piety: "...he spent not his time in courting of yong Ladies, and amourosly beholding beautifull women, the bellowes of lust, and baites of uncleaness...But this chaste spouse esteemed his books above their beauty, and in stead of dalience with them, his delight was in men of parts and learning, for arts and Arms. But besides this, as a speciall meanes of chastity, he was temperate in feeding, and rare in feasting, and frequent in fasting...he was moreover a great avoider of idlenesse and sleepe, the two nurses of uncleaness; with his will he ordinarily never slept above six howres, and when he lay awake, he fought to exclude all evill thoughts with meditation upon some heavenly things..." (p.73-74). 

 

At the end of the volume are poems by Herring including a long - 18 stanza - poem "An elegy upon the untimely decease of the truly honorable and vertuous Lord Harington" and "An epitaph upon the said rightly honored Lord in life and death, in English Iambicks". There is also a verse epitaph by the unidentified "I.P". The volume concludes with "To the living memory of the late and last Sr John Harington Knight" by Sir Thomas Roe (1581-1644), soon to be sent as Ambassador to Mughal India. The book ends with the initial sombre woodcut of the funeral pall repeated. 

 

Provenance: Benjamin Beddome (1717-1795), Baptist minister and hymn writer, with his signature "Benj Beddome" and acquisition note "perfect May 2nd 1786" in the upper fore-corner of the title-page. Beddome's library was left to the Baptist Church at Bourton on the Water, Gloucestershire, where he had been pastor for over 50 years, and remained undisturbed until the 1950s when it was transferred on permanent loan to Regent's Park College, Oxford. ESTC lists over 400 books from Beddome's library at the college although a number must have escaped as at least one book from the library is in the BL (John Webb's Practical Discourses on Death, Judgment, Heaven & Hell (Boston, NE, 1726 "Ms notes by Benjamin Beddome]) and another at Folger with his signature date 1770 (Samuel Annesley, The Life and Funeral sermon of the Rev. Thomas Brand (1692), bought from Quaritch in 1953). 

Stock Code: 242948

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