Charles Sackville 1643-1706
Charles SACKVILLE, 6th Earl of Dorset 1643-1706
Son of Richard Sackville, 5th Earl of Dorset, from whom he inherited the title and family estates in 1677. MP for East Grinstead 1661-75, when he entered the House of Lords as Earl of Middlesex. Noted as a rake and a hedonist in the 1660s, he developed a wide literary circle, writing verse himself; he was a friend or patron of Matthew Prior and Sir George Etherege. He was appointed Lord Chamberlain in 1689 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1699.
Sackville used engraved armorial bookplates made ca.1700, Franks 25914-5/*30-31. A number of books using one of two armorial binding stamps used by him are recorded in the Armorials Database. The extent and disposition of his library is not known.
- British Armorial Bindings.
- Gambier Howe, E. R. J. Franks bequest: catalogue of British and American book plates bequeathed to the ... British Museum. London, 1903.
- Lee, B. N. British bookplates: a pictorial history. Newton Abbot, 1979 , 28.
- Love, Harold. "Sackville, Charles, sixth earl of Dorset and first earl of Middlesex (1643–1706), poet and politician." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- Charles Sackville, Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700.