Arcana Aulica: Or, Walsingham’s Manual; of Prudential Maxims, for the States-man and the Courtier.

  • [Refuge, Eustache de]
  • London: Printed for T.C. and are to be sold by Iohn Wright 1655
  • ESTC R208601.


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12mo, pp. [xxii], 153, [1]. Half-title discarded. Contemporary sheep, boards bordered with double blind rules. Somewhat toned. Resewn and front joint renewed, a couple more small repairs, old leather marked and worn in places. Monastic library inscriptions to inside front board and verso of title-page, remnants of paper label to spine, ownership inscriptions of Matthew Almod to flyleaf and PG to title-page.


An English translation of a manual for success at court, first published in 1652 and taken from a work which first saw print in French anonymously in 1616. The Walsingham of the title is Sir Francis (c.1532-1590), to whom this work was falsely attributed by its translator Edward Walsingham (d. 1663), a distant relation. It was reprinted in 1694 and 1728, and was sufficiently popular for Pepys to refer in his diary to a trip 'calling for Walsingham's Manuals at my bookseller's to read but not to buy' in 1664. He must have relented later, reading it on a trip to Deptford in 1666 and noting that it was 'a very good book.'

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