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DRAYTON (Michaell)
The Battaile of Agincourt. Fought by Henry The first of that name, King of England, against the whole power of the French: under the Raigne of their Chalres the sixt, Anno Dom. 1415. The Miseries of Queene Margarite, the infortunate Wife, of that most infortunate King Henry the sixt. Nimphidia, the Court of Fayrie. The Quest of Cinthia. The Shepheards Sirena. The Moone Calfe. Elegies upon sundry Occasions.
London Printed for William Lee, 1627. FIRST EDITION. Folio, 246 x 143 mms., pp. [xii], 218, recently rebound in full antique-style sheepskin, gilt spine, red morocco label; lacks portrait, but a very good copy. Drayton (1563 - 1631) was one of England's most prolific early authors, and the first incarnation of this volume was a poem on the battle of Agincourt published in 1600. "A volume of miscellaneous works, The Battaile of Agincourt, appeared in 1627. Drayton may have hurried the title poem into print as background marching music for the duke of Buckingham's imminent campaign in France. The collection's best-known poem is 'Nimphidia, the Courte of Fayrie', an entertaining mock-heroic; its fascination with the materials, costumes, and stuffs of its minuscule fairies has been read as satirizing the court's obsession with fancy dress and imported goods. In the same volume are 'The Shepheards Sirena', which combines nostalgia for Elizabeth with anti-court satire, an interminable complaint by Margaret, wife of Henry VI, and 'The Quest for Cynthia'. " Were he alive today, Drayton might have some sympathy for men accused of sexual harassment: "On 8 March 1627 Drayton appeared before the London consistory court in St Paul's, accused of 'suspicion of incontinency with Mary Peters, wife of John Peters'. Elizabeth Welsh, keeper of a lodging house in St Clement Danes, had charged that one January afternoon in 1627 a maidservant had seen Mary Peters raise her skirts, 'unto her navel before Mr Michael Drayton and that she clapt her hand on her privy part and said it was a sound and a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: John Price Antiquarian Books, ABA, ILAB [LONDON, United Kingdom]

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