Faerie Queen The Shepheards Calendar: Together with the Other Works of England's Arch-Poë... Faerie Queen The Shepheards Calendar: Together with the Other Works of England's Arch-Poë...

Faerie Queen The Shepheards Calendar: Together with the Other Works of England's Arch-Poët, Edm. Spenser: Collected into one Volume, and carefully corrected.

SPENSER, Edmund

Published by London Printed for H.L. for Mathew Lownes, 1611
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The First Collected Edition of Spenserís Works and First Folio Edition SPENSER, Edmund. The Faerie Queen: The Shepherds Calendar: Together with the Other Works of Englandís Arch-Poët, Edm. Spenser: Collected into one Volume, and carefully corrected. London: Printed for H.L. for Mathew Lownes, 1611. First collected edition of Spenserís works and first folio edition, second issue, with the title to The Second Part of the Faerie Queene beginning with signature R, dated 1613 and the colophon dated "16012" [sic]. With the Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale, consisting of a single gathering A of eight leaves and dated 1612 on the title, not found in the first issue. Lacks the last blank, Hh6 at the end of the second part of The Faerie Queen; but has the blank Q8 at the end of Letter to Raleigh,(only found in first issue) and blank F4 at the end of The Shepherds Calendar. Folio. 11 inches x 7 1/2 inches. [i-vi], 363, [xvi]; [x], 56, 16, [xxvi], [iv], [xxvi], [vi], [xvi], [x], [xii], [iv]. General title within woodcut border (McKerrow & Ferguson 212), twelve woodcut illustrations and ornamental borders, decorative woodcut head- and tail-pieces and initials. (The woodcuts in The Shepherds Calender were used in all the earlier separate editions.) Beautifully bound by Riviere in full cherry red straight grain morocco, ruled in gilt on covers, gilt-stamped on spine with five raised bands. Gilt turn-ins. All edges gilt. Small restoration to outer margin of title-page, not affecting text and small closed cut to page 162, some toning, mostly in outer margins. Overall, a very good and solid copy in an appropriate binding. "The first modern English poet to achieve major stature, Spenser demonstrated with his fluency in many meters and stanzaic forms that English waås at least the equal to any other language as a vehicle of great poetry. While his poetry, particularly The Faerie Queene, looks backward as the culmination of the allegorical verse tradition of the Pearl Poet, Langland, and Chaucer, he has influenced with his fertile imagination and especially his sensuous imagery and melodic language nearly every important English poet who followed him." Grolier, Langland to Wither, 239. Johnson 19. Pforzheimer 973. STC 23084. HBS 66412. $7,500. Bookseller Inventory # 66412

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Title: Faerie Queen The Shepheards Calendar: ...

Publisher: London Printed for H.L. for Mathew Lownes

Publication Date: 1611

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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