1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Bolton

Samuel Egerton Brydges, in British Bibliographer 3 (1812) xvi.



Edmund Bolton was better known as a scholar and critic, than as a poet. He was a Catholic, and supposed to have been a retainer to George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham. Warton, who calls him "that sensible old English critic," has collected all the scattered notices which could be found of him in the History of English Poetry, III. 278, (note). In 1610 he published The Elements of Armories, 4to. which has given him a place in Dallaway's Catalogue of Heraldric Writers. His Hypercritica, written about 1610, was first published by Anthony Hall, at the end of Triveti Annales, Oxford, 1722, 8vo. It is a judicious little tract, occasioned by a passage in Sir Henry Saville's Epistle prefixed to his edition of our old Latin Historians, 1596. Under the head of "Prime Gardens for gathering English according to the true gauge or standard of the tongue, about fifteen or sixteen years ago." he has given characters of many of the contemporary authors.