Henry Peacham (born 1578)

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The Complete Gentleman by Henry Peacham (1622). Engraving by Francis Delaram

Henry Peacham (born 1578, d. in or after 1644) was an English poet and writer, known today primarily for his book, The Compleat Gentleman, first printed in 1622.


  • The desire to have many books, and never to use them, is like a child that will have a candle burning by him all the while he is sleeping. (The Compleat Gentleman, 1622)

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