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Spenser, Edmund
The Faerie Queene; With an exact Collation of the Two Original Editions
J. Brindley, 1751. Later edition. Hardcover. 3 vol. 4to. [7], iv-lxiii, [4], ii-xxxvii, [2], 2-453, [5]; [2], 450, [6]; [2], 440, [4] pp. Contemporary mottled calf with boards ruled in gilt, spines in seven compartments with recent black morocco labels lettered in gilt; top edges decoratively darkened. Early marbled endpapers and pastedowns. Illustrated by thirty-two folding copper plates, engraved head and tailpieces, and initials (twenty plates in volume one, seven plates in volume two, and five plates in volume three). Completing the title page: Published by Himself at London in Quarto; the Former containing the first Three Books printed in 1590, and the Latter the Six Books in 1596. To which now are added A new Life of the Author and also Glossary. Adorn'd with thirty-two Copper Plates, from the original drawings of the late W. Kent, Esq., Architect and principal Painter to His Majesty. Carpenter 115. Lowndes 2477. Oxford DNB, "Spenser, Edmund (1552?-1599)". The first edition with the William Kent engravings. The Faerie Queene is an English epic poem, concerned with knights, dragons, queens, noble ladies, Greek gods and goddesses, and warriors. The poem itself was dedicated to Queen Elisabeth I (with whom Spenser had an audience before the publication of his poem in 1590), Sir Walter Raleigh, and numerous other noble English people of the late sixteenth century. Spenser's poetic style was revolutionary to English literature: it combined classical and native English themes, motifs, and stories. Chaucer, and Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics were hugely influential to Spens … [Click Below for Full Description]
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