The Entertainment Of His Most Excellent Majestie Charles II, In His Passage through the City of London To His Coronation: Containing an exact Accompt of the whole Solemnity; the Triumphal Arches, and Cavalcade, delineated in Sculpture; the Speeches and Impresses illustrated from Antiquity. To These Is Added, A Brief Narrative of His Majestie's Solemn Coronation: With His Magnificent Proceeding, and Royal Feast In Westminster-Hall. By John Ogilby.

John Ogilby

RA Collection: Book

Record number




[London:], Printed for Richard Mariot, and Thomas Dring, and are to be sold at their Shops in Fleet-Street, MDCLXII.

Physical Description

[4], 192 p., frontis., [13] pl. (7 dble.): illus.; 424 mm. (Quarto.)

General Note

Pages 168, 169 are misnumbered 170, 171. The divisional t.p. preceding p.167 is not included in the pagination sequence.


[Frontis., t.p., approbation, dedic.] - [5 pl.] - His Majesties Entertainments Passing through the City of London ... [with plates] - [Divisional t.p., 'A Brief Narrative Of His Majestie's Solemn Coronation: With His Magnificent Proceeding, and Royal Feast in Westminster-Hall.'] - [Text and plates].

Responsibility Note

Most plates are unsigned. But the frontispiece is signed as made by W. Hollar, and plates [6] and [10] are signed as engraved by D. Loggan. In-text illustrations are unsigned.

The work is dedicated by J. Ogilby to Charles II.


ESTC, R218551
RIBA, Early printed, 3 (1999), no. 2333, p. 1286-7.
B. Adams, London illustrated 1604-1851 (1983), no. 9., p.17-18.
L.G.W. Legg, English coronation records (1901).
A survey of pageants was B. Holme, Princely feasts and festivals: five centuries (1988).
On Ogilby see K. van Eerde, John Ogilby and the taste of his times (1976).
A. Griffiths and R.A. Gerard, The print in Stuart Britain 1603-1689 [exhibition catalogue] (1998).

Summary Note

There was also a variant issue, with the imprint of Tho: Roycroft.

The plates show Charles II's coronation procession and the triumphal arches erected along the route; the last plate shows his coronation. The frontispiece shows the royal arms. In-text illustrations show Roman coins and medals.


A microfilm copy was published in 1988 (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International).

Binding Note

18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Coronation Of Charles II', spine lettered 'R.A.' and '1662'.

Name as Subject


Coronations - Consecrations - Ceremonies - Processions - Pageants - Great Britain - London - History - 17th century
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Great Britain - 17th century
Triumphal arches - Temporary structures - Great Britain - London - 17th century - Baroque
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 17th century


Wenceslaus Hollar, engraver
David Loggan, engraver
Thomas Dring, publisher, bookseller
Richard Mariot, publisher, bookseller
Charles II King of Great Britain, dedicatee