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The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia.

Sidney, Philip.

Published by George Calvert, London, 1674
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Handsome folio printing of the Arcadia, opening with a strongly impressed copper-engraved portrait of Sidney done after Elstrack, and accompanied by a "Life and Death; a brief Table of the principal Heads, and some other new Additions." Along with the title work, this stated 13th edition contains Sidney's sonnets, "The defence of poesie," "Astrophel and Stella," "Her Most Excellent Majestie walking in Wanstead Garden," "A supplement [not by Sidney] to the third book of Arcadia," and "A remedie for love." Richard Bellings's sixth book of the Arcadia, originally published separately in 1624, here appears with a separate title-page, also dated 1674; the pagination and register are continuous. Provenance: "Judith Tichborn her book given me by my most renowned and beloved knight Stephen de la Stanly 1713." Folio (29 cm, 11.4"). Frontis., [32], 576, 541?564, 601?624, [26] pp. (pagination erratic). ESTC R21446; Wing (rev. ed.) S3770. Period-style mottled calf, covers framed and panelled in blind fillets with blind-tooled corner fleurons, spine with raised bands and gilt-stamped title. Pages age-toned and foxed with occasional small inkspots; some paginations trimmed and frontispiece edges slightly ragged. One early leaf with tear in lower margin, extending into text, repaired with two words from opposing page partially lifted by adhesion; one leaf with small hole affecting about eight words; one leaf with tear in outer margin touching final letters of seven lines; occasional edge chips, one upper outer corner torn away. => A very readable copy in a dignified binding; a romantic tale with a romantic inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 33123

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Title: The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia.

Publisher: George Calvert, London

Publication Date: 1674

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