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Reliquiæ Wottonianæ : Or, A Collection Of Lives, Letters, Poems; With Characters Of Sundry Personages: And other Incomparable Pieces of Language and Art. Also Additional Letters to several Persons, not before Printed. By The Curious Pencil of the Ever Memorable Sir Henry Wotton Kt. Late Provost of Eaton Colledge. The Third Edition, with large Additions.

Henry Wotton

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Elements of architecture


London,: Printed by T. Roycroft, for R. Marriott, F. Tyton, T. Collins, and J. Ford,, 1672.

Physical Description

[84], 75, [4], 76-412, 411-582, [2] p., frontis. (port.), [3] pl.; 169 mm. (Octavo).

General Note

The three pl. are numbered continuously within the text pagination. The four pages between pages 75 and 76 are numbered 72, 73, 78, 79. Page 328 is misnumbered as 28.


[Frontis. (port.), t.p., dedic.] - An Advertisement To The Reader - An Account Of the Work - The Life Of Sir Henry Wotton - An Elegie On Sir Henry Wotton, Writ By Mr. Abram Cowley - Marco Velsero ... Henricus Wottonius - To Marcus Velserus ... Henry Wotton - To The Right Worthy Provost And Professor Regius Of Divinity In Cambridge - [Text, with pl.] - A Tale Of The Several Tracts contained in this Book [listing 19 sections].

Responsibility Note

The book is edited by Izaak Walton; who also wrote the life of Wotton.

The frontispiece portrait and the third plate are signed 'W. Dolle F'.

The publication is dedicated by Izaak Walton to Philip, Earl of Chesterfield, Lord Stanhope of Shelford.


On Wotton's The Elements of Architecture see: RIBA, Early printed, 4 (2002), 3716; National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, II (1998), 95; V. Hart, Paper palaces [exhibition catalogue] (Cambridge, 1997); E. Harris and N. Savage, British Architectural Books (1990), 948; John Hopkins University, The Fowler Architectural Collection (1961), 445; F. Hard's introduction to the facsimile reprint of 1968 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia for Folger Shakespeare Library).
ESTC, R34765

Summary Note

This collection had first been published in 1651; a second edition had appeared in 1654.

The collection includes Wotton's The Elements Of Architecture, originally published in 1624, and the first work on architecture written in English. The Elements draws on other writers (such as Philip de l'Orme), but not uncritically. It is sometimes quoted in later English writings on architecture, and was translated into Latin and Spanish.


Facsimiles of the Elements of Architecture (1624) were published in 1968 (University Press of Virginia) and 1969 (Gregg International).


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

17th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Reliquiæ Wottonianæ', spine lettered '1672'.

Name as Subject


Architecture - Education
Treatises - English poetry - English letters - Biography - 17th century


Izaak Walton
Richard Marriott, publisher
Thomas Roycroft, printer
Francis Tyton, publisher
Thomas Collins, publisher
Walter Dolle, engraver
Henry Wotton, Elements of architecture
John Ford, publisher
Philip Stanhope, 2nd Earl of Chesterfield, dedicatee