1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gervase Markham

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. X2.



At what Time Mr. Markham was born, or when he died, I have not been able to trace; but, if all the Dates of his Publications are rightly set down, he must have lived to a very great Age, since the Devoreux, according to Coxeter, was published in 1597, and his Perfect Horsemanship, according to Langbaine, not till 1671, a Space, of itself, of 74 Years, which is scarcely credible. I cannot help, therefore, supposing either that Langbaine must have been mistaken, and not mentioned the first Editions of some of his Works, or that the Devoreux at least, and perhaps some other of the Pieces attributed to him, might have been by some other Person of the same Family, and, which is not uncommon, of the same Christian Name.