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Sir Walter Raleigh's Instructions to His Sonne, and Posterity. Whereunto is added a Religious and Dutifull Advice of a Loving Sonne to His Aged Father
London: Printed for Benjamin Fisher, 1632 First edition. Charles Whibley's copy, with his bookplate affixed to the front pastedown. Finely bound in full tan polished calf, spine rebacked to style with original calf laid on, spine with five raised bands, contrasting dark brown calf label, floral devices to compartments in gilt, boards decoratively ruled in gilt, pale yellow edges, blue marbled endpapers. Overall very good, with some light wear to the extremities, lacking the portrait frontispiece found in some copies, title page with repairs to the top edge and mounted on a recent leaf, edges trimmed, a hint of scattered marginalia, former owners' bookplates to the front pastedown, otherwise clean pages. Overall, a lovely copy of this extremely scarce publication. No other copies have appeared at auction for over 50 years (the last copy offered being this copy) and with less than 100 copies listed in OCLC's WorldCat. Charles Whibley (1859-1930) was an English literary critic, journalist and author, who was notably responsible for assisting T. S. Eliot in becoming an editor at Faber. This volumes contains two philosophical essays related to gentlemanly behavior: "Sir Walter Raleigh's Instructions to His Sonne, and Posterity," and "The Dutifull Advice of a Loving Sonne to his Aged Father." In the first part, Raleigh cites several mandates for becoming a proper, respectable gentleman; each of the ten chapters provides a different instruction, summarized in epithets by Raleigh as "riches not to bee sought by evill means," "wisest men have been abused by flatterers," and "what inconveniences happen to such as delight in wine," among others. Similarly, "Dutifull Advice," which has been attributed to both Raleigh and Robert Southwell, is a younger man's advice on the differences between his father's social codes and modern traditions.. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good.
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