F.3r: title-page; ff.4r-23v: thirteen "ballades" on pages numbered 1-40; f.24r: colophon, "Ballades composed, and transcribed by Iohn Patricke Carey, when Hee had little else to doe."; f.24v (inverted): pen trials and doggerel by Mary Harper, Dingeley, 12 March 1660.
Ballades dedicated to the Lady Victoria Uvedale, by Patrick Cary
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- ReferenceGB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 68
- Dates of Creation1652-1653
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- Language of MaterialEnglish
- Physical Description1 vol. (26 ff.) Blank leaves: front and rear endpapers, ff.1-2, f.3v, ff.25-26. Title-page illustrated with elaborate architectural border, with many coats of arms, including that of "Harry Vi:count of Falkland" and Carey's own device, and the note "London. Dublin. Tew. Wickham. (1652) writt All by the Authour's owne hand, an (1653) [i.e. 1652/3]". Each poem illustrated by a preceding emblematic drawing, with a couplet caption, and a following vignette. Bound in late-seventeenth-century calf; inner margins from front endpapers to f.13 worm-holed without loss to text. Catch words on p.40 not taken up and indicate an additional poem or poems in the MS originally, but remaining text is as when bound.
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Administrative / Biographical History
Patrick Cary, poet (floruit 1651), was the younger son of Sir Henry Cary, 1st Viscount Falkland. His mother having converted to Catholicism, he was sent to France to be raised as a Catholic, and then spent twelve years in Italy under the patronage of Pope Urban VIII. He did not, however, take holy orders and returned to England in about 1650. It was not until 1820 that an edition of his poetry, edited by Sir Walter Scott, was published, although a small number of poems had been printed in 1771
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Bought at Sotheby's sale, 16 July 1984, lot 7
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All the poems, with some textual variations, also appear amongst others in the Abbotsford Carey MS on which Delany's edition (1978) is based; in that MS the tunes to which the ballads are set are given, but the illustrations are not present.