Hymen's Praeludia or Loves Master-peice. Being That so much admired Romance, Intituled Cleopatra. In Twelve Parts. Written Originally in the French, and now Elegantly rendred into English

LA CALPRENÈDE, Gaultier de Coste, seigneur de; LOVEDAY, Robert, et al (trans.)

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Attributed to Gaultier de Coste la Calprenède. Parts 1-6 were translated by Robert Loveday, part 7 by John Coles, part 8 by James Webb, and parts 9-12 by John Davies. Loveday studied at Cambridge but never graduated on account of the English Civil War. During the rule of Cromwell, he lived with with the Lady Clinton to whom this book is dedicated as an upper servant. While there he found time to learn French and Italian. He translated into English the first three parts of La Calprenede's romance of "Cleopatra," under the title of "Hymen's Praeludia, or Love's MasterPiece," in 1652, 1654, and 1655. The first part took a while to be published but, according to Loveday, would have long since "look'd upon the light, if I had not the sin to answer for of trusting a bookseller" (DNB). Verses by Richard Braithwait, James Howel, John Chapperline and others before the First Book. Wing L123.

Publication Info

  • Publisher: Printed by W. R. and J. R., sold by Peter Parker and Thomas Guy
  • Edition: n/a
  • Date Published: 1674
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a


  • Condition: Very good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    [8], 540, 572 p. 29 cm quarter leather binding with gold impressing and green title-label on spine, marbled paper boards and text block edges. Black and red title page. Some rubbing to boards and edges and corners worn. Ex-library with small reference label on front pastedown. Front free endpaper and title page loosening. Small 17th-century owner's signature on title page and another ink signature at top of dedication page. Bottom corner of title page chipped slightly and tiny edge tears in first few pages. Title page repaired as are the inner margins of pages up to p. 1 and the first p. 389. Some light stains throughout.

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