An Important Shakespeare Source Book BARCKLEY, Sir Richard, Knight. [SHAKESPEARE, William]. A Discourse of the Felicitie of Man. Or His Summum Bonum. London: William Ponsonby, 1598. First edition. Small quarto. , 618,  pp. Woodcut device on leaf facing title and on final leaf. Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, later endpapers, morocco lettering piece, spine a bit rubbed, tiny worm hole at gutter near center, a few older, neat marginal ink annotations in the first few pages, occasional pencil notes or underlining. Bookplate of noted classical scholar and philologist, A.E. Housman, nineteenth-century signatures to (blank) recto of first leaf. A rare and important work containing inspiration for three of Shakespeare's plays. A fine collection of amusing histories and small narratives; including the foundation of the Taming of the Shrew, pp. 23-26, Antony and Cleopatra, p. 46, and Pyramus and Thisbe, p. 52. Jaggard, p. 15. Graesse ("Ouvrage tres amusant par les historiettes entremelées"). STC 1391. HBS 66434. $8,500. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Discourse of the Felicitie of Man Or His ...
Publisher: London William Ponsonby
Publication Date: 1598
Book Description Condition: New. Seller Inventory # BSNW9781171347583