1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Rowlands

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:711-12n.



What an oddity, and non-descript compound, was that Samuel Rowlands! — and why do I mention him here? Simply, because I firmly believe that a complete collection of his pieces, low, queer, comical, and contradictory, as they may be, could not be procured under the sum of 300 SOVEREIGNS. Judge for yourself, candid reader. New and clean Packs of Cards are usually procurable for 4s. 6d.: but if you want the Knave of Clubs — together with the Knaves of Spades and Diamonds and Knave of Hearts, of Master Rowlands — (poems, published by him in 1611-1612, 4to.) you must pay 35 3s. 6d. — according to the text of the priced catalogue of Bindley's library!! And again? for his Betrayal of Christ, 1598, 4to. 21: opposed to his Doctor Merrie-Man, 1609, 4to. 15. These two prices are taken from the Bibl. Angl. Poet. where, to the Night Raven, 1634, 4to. the ominous sum of 30 is attached, the pages of this work are rich in ROWLANDIANA; and Mr. Thorpe's well-furnished catalogue, p. 127, presents us with three other pieces of this poet, for 14 14s. collectively. There is a fashion in all things.