A Bookseller Capitolizes on Raleigh’s Name

Raleigh, Walter, Sir (1552?-1618)

Tubus historicus an historicall perspective; discovering all the empires and kingdomes of the vvorld, as they flourisht respectively under the foure imperiall monarchies. Faithfully composed out of the most approved authours, and exactly digested according to the supputation of the best chronologers. (With a catalogue of the kings and emperours of the chiefe nations of the world.) By the late famous and learned knight Sir Walter Raleigh

London: Printed by Thomas Harper, for Benjamin Fisher, 1636


Quarto: 17.8 x 13 cm. [14] lvs. Collation: [A]⁴ B-D⁴ (-[A]4 and D4, blank?) Collation as per the Folger copy and Eames. [A]1 has a frontispiece portrait of Charles II (the dedicatee) as a boy, engraved by Cornelius Van Dalen, with a four-line verse by J. M. (John Milton, according to Eames.)


Modern calf. A very good, crisp copy. The engraving is very slightly shaved at the head. The last two leaves have light stains. Verso of final leaf with early scribbles. Extremely rare. Only 11 copies worldwide.

A distillation into tables of Raleigh’s “History of the World”, or, in the publisher’s words, “In this succinct Recollection is contrived (by a Daedalean Hand) the Apotelesma and effect of infinite Volumes… the like being never yet extant in English.” The table of kingdoms is followed by several chronological tables, and finally, by a catalogue of the kings and emperors of various nations and empires.

ESTC S105167; STC (2nd ed.), 20652; Stilwell, Four Centuries of Special Geography, p. 620; Eames, Bibliography of Sir Walter Raleigh, p. 26 (67591)