DescriptionNathaniel Ingelo. Bentivolio and Urania. London: J[ohn] G[rismond] for Richard Marriot, 1660-1664. Krown & Spellman retail: $950. First Edition. Folio. 2 vols. ¹1,¦2,B-D2,*-3*2,E-4F2;A2 [-A1,t.p.],a-c2,d2 [-d1]B-5K2 [5K2 blank present] ,283;[12 of 20?],385,p. Old sheep, hinges cracked, rear joints separating. Lacks t.p. for second volume; over seven pages of contemporary notes on the blanks of volume 1. Contemporary signature on t.p. of Thomas Cotton, later signatures of Ros. Mills, and large calligraphic ownership on end blank of vol. 2, "Elizabeth Bagnall", dated 1750. T.p in red and black including a flower device. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Ingelo, Nathaniel (1620/21-1683), author, was born at Bristol.
"Ingelo's major literary project was Bentivolio and Urania, published in two instalments (1660, 1664), a best-selling work of religious and moral instruction in the form of a fictional narrative. The work is dedicated to William Brereton, the eldest son of the civil war general. Bentivolio and Urania was conceived in terms of the Platonic doctrine of the heterogeneity of the soul set out in Henry More's long poem Psychozoia (1641). Rochester mocked the platitudes of Ingelo's satire, which urges a return to the traditional humanist marriage of learning and piety, but this is an indication of its popularity. There were four editions between 1660 and 1682." [ODNB]Sir Thomas Cotton, the second baronet 1594-1662, Sir Robert's only surviving child, made great efforts for the restitution of his father's library... Sir Thomas was the intimate friend and correspondent of Sir John Eliot, and was entrusted by his influence with the representation of St. Germans (Eliot's native place) in the third of Charles I's parliaments. He was M.P. for Huntingdon in the short parliament of 1640, but took no active part in politics. Like his father, Sir Thomas gave scholars free access to his library." Wing I175 & I179. ESTC r16505 & r223432. Halkett & Laing I,192.
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