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London, Printed by T. R. for Samuel Mearne in Little Britain. 1660,* Buo. pp. 232.
Opposite the title page are the author's arms with eight quarterings and two scutcheons of pretence. The late ingenious Mr. R. Paget, in a letter in Gent. Mag. LXII. P. 988, says he “had never been able to meet with this book either in the Bodleian, or any other collection.” The same person also wrote the following volume, which has some connection with this subject.
Art. 18. The Gentleman's Monitor ; or a sober inspection into the vertues, uices, and ordinary means of the rise and decay of men an l families. With the author's Apology and Application to the Nobles and Gentry of England. Seasonable for these times. By Edw. Waterhous, Esq. London, Printed by T. R. for R. Royston, Bookseller to his most Sacred Majesty, 1605, 8vo. pp. 493, besides dedication, &c.
This is dedicated from Syon College, Feb. 5, 1664, to Gilbert, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. + Prefixed is a portrait of the author by A. Hertochs. As this pedantic, but not unlearned, book is little known, I cannot refrain from copying a short specimen of it.
See the next note. + At the end is the following list of the author's publications. I. AH Apology for Learning and Learned Men in 8vo. printed 1653, for Mr. Bedie at the Temple-gate. II. A discourse of the Piety, Policy, and Charity of elder times and Christians, in 12mo. printed 1655, by Mr. Miller in Paul's Churchyard. III. Two Contemplations of Magnanimity and Acquaintance wich God, in Svo. printed 1653. IV. A defence of Arms and Armory, 8vo. printed for Mr. Bedie, Mar. 1, 1659. See obe text. V. Fortescutus Illustratus, or a Commentary on Sir John Fortescue, Lord Chancellour to Henry 6, his book, De Laudibus Legum. Angiiæ, in Folio, printed 1663. VI. The Gentleman's Monitor, now printed 1664 in 8vo. Wood says he. also published “ A Narrative of the Fire in London;" Lond. 1667. 8vo. and that he died near London, 1671. Wood attributes to him the works published in the name of Sylvanus Morgan, but see Gent. Mag. ut, supr.
* To have a clear reputation, and great power; wife, daughter, sons, nephews, dutiful and virtuous, a number of choice friends, and all this with a chaste and unviciated conscience, is, that which but few Romans, besides Corellius Rufus, had. Nor of many English men can that be said, which our learned Camden writes of the Earl of Wiltshire, Treasurer to King Edward the Sixth, who well understood the different times he lived in, and was to steer his course by: that he was raised, not suddenly, but by degrees, in court; that he built noble and princely buildings; was temperate in all other things; full of years, for he lived ninety-seven years; fruitful in his generation, for he saw one hundred and three issue from him by his wife: I say, though God leave these instances, and such like, to assert, and make good, the imperativeness and privilege of his pleasure, yet mostly it is otherwise : statues do not more gather moss, and moulder away with weather, nor vege. tables fade and die by the currency of their season, and the aridness of their root, the decay of whose succulency appears in the contraction and cessation of the flower, than men and families do by time, which has swept away with its besom, and carried down its current, kingly, peery, and gentry families, and set them, and their honours on shore in that Terra incognita, wherein they are extinguished. Yea, in our own nation, how has the same career and fate morti. fied the quondam being and greatness of name in the British and Saxon families; yea, and in the families from the Conquest, by name, Albini, Fitz bugh, Montacute, Montfort, Beauchamp, Brewier, Camois, Bardolf, Mortimer, Valtort, Botereaux, Chaumond, Curcey, De la Beche, Carminow, Brewire, Fitzlewis, Marmion, Deincourt, Burnell, Plantagenet, all right and noble and knightly families in their times, but now either wholly erased, or couched under families, who married their heirs, and, with their lands and blood, carry their names only in their title: I say, this vulture, and
vehemence, in tine, teils us, that, as here there is no permanency, so here good and brave men must expect rather to be deplorable objects of desertion and poverty, than the favourites of credit and abundance; nor do I observe the lines of life crosser, and the channels of prosperity lower, to any than to these. Envy, or some other mischievous accident either calmning their design, so that they can make no port before they are ruined; or else the surges of the storms, in wbich they, and their honest projects ride, suffering them never to be happier, than a shipwreck of all can make them; and the breaking of their hearts for grief superadded, ean by it detriment the world in their loss. This I the rather introduce, to turn men and myself upon rumination of God's proceedings herein, more abstruse than the naturc of man is capable to submit to, or patient to acquiesce in. Nor is there any thing that I know, wherein the carnal heart and inquisitive wit, more covets to fathom, ihan God's wrapping of himself up in the cloud, executing the pleasure of his will in this, which our dwarfy reason, and insolent ignorance, terms, with reverence I write it, the hysteron proteron of divine Sovereignty, which, by what we call an inconsequence of cause and effect, ratifies his great authority, and ineffable wisdom, “whose judgments are past searching, and his ways not to be found out; because it is a way in the sea, and a path in the great water, whose footsteps are not known."* (Psal. Ixxvii. 19.) &c.
Art. 19. The Sphere of Gentry : deduced from the Prin. ciples of Nature. An Historical and Genealogical work of Arms and Blazon; in Four Books, entitled Gentleman, Adam's Shield
Native Esquire Joseph's Coat
Darive Vulcon & Minerva Atchieved Fountain of Honour. Created
The King at
* Pp. 29, 30, 31.
In which is contained, The Genealogies of the Patriarchs and Heroes ; Standards of the Jews, Hieroglyphicks of the Ægyptians, Symbols of the Grecians ; Antiquities of the Romans ; Arms and Ensignes of the English Nation : accommodated with lively cuts on Copper, as well for Aaron's brest-plate as Ariadne's Crown. Drawn dow'n to King Charles II. By Sylvanus 'Morgan. London. Printed by William Leybourn, for the author, living at the City Coat, on the back side of the Royall Exchange. 1661. Fol. pp. 120, & 118, & 120, 6116, besides dedication, epistle to the Reader, inderes, &c.
Art. 20. Armilogia, sive Ars Chromocritica, the language of Arms by the colours and metals : being analogically handled according to the nature of things, and fitted with apt mottos to the heroical science of Herauldry in the Symbolical World. Whereby is discovered what is signified by every honouralle partition, ordinary, or charge, usually born in coat-armour, and mythologized to the heroical theam of Homer on the shield of Achilles.
A work of this nature never yet extant. By Sylvanus Morgun, Arms-Painter.
Est aliquid prodire tenus, si non datur ultra,
London. Printed by T. Hewer for Nathaniel Brook at the Angel in Cornhil, and Henry Eversden at the Greyhound in | S. Paul's Churchyard. 1606. 4to. pp. 239, besides tables,
This book is dedicated to Edward Earl of Manchester, whose arms are on the back of the title-page. Sce a Memoir of the author and his works in Gent. Mag. Vol. LXVI. p. 367
Art. 21. Calliope's Cabinet opened, &c. London 1665, Svo. By James Salter.
in this book is a treatise concerning the significations of char es, device, &c. in coat-armours, &c.
A Brief Historical Discourse of the original and growth of Heraldry; demonstrating, upon what rational foundations, 1}. t noble and heroick science is established. By Thomus Philipot, Master of Art; and formerly of Clare-Hall in Cambridge. London. Printed by E. Tyler and R. Holt, and are to be sold by Tho. Passinger, at the three Bibles on London Bridge, 1672. Svo. pp. 143, besides ded. and pref.
This pedantic little volume is dedicated to John, Earl of Bridgewater.
· Art. 22. Catalogus in certa capita, seu classes, alphabetica ordine concinnatus, (tam antiquorum quum recentiorum) qui de Re Heraldica Latine, Gallice, Italice, Hispanice, Germanice, Anglice scripserunt: interspersis hic illic, qui claruerunt in Re Antiquaria, et Jure Civili, el saltem parte, que HERALDRIÆ facem accendit. Unde viris nobilibus, necnon omnilus aliis rei Heraldicæ studiosis innotescat de insignibus gentilitiis : Heraldis: de Principum Nobiliumque genealogiis: Baptismatilus : Nupliis : Inaugurationibus : Convivis: Coram Colloquiis: Fæderibus : Triumphis, &c. Quorum pleniorem et luculentiorem Lectori rationem, Elenchus Capitum qui præfationi libelli hujus subnectitur, exhiBelit. 4 Thoma Gore, Armig.
Hieronymus Epist. 89. Non sunt contemnenda quasi parva, sine quibus constare magna non possunt.
in magnis voluisse sat est. Oxon. Typis Leon. Lichfield, Acad. Typog. et prostant venales apud Ric. Davis, 1674. 4to. pp. 138. besides preface, &c.
This was first published at Oxford 1668, in four sheets and a half, and now enlarged. It is a very curious and