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THE PSALMES OF DAVID AND OTHERS. WITH M. IOHN CALVINS COMMENTARIES
[London: Imprinted ... by Thomas East and Henry Middleton: for Lucas Harrison, and George Byshop], 1571.. [6],287,[1],259,[11] leaves. Wanting 4 preliminary leaves (*3-6), but with genuine blanks 2N8 and [4L6]. Small, thick quarto. Old, possibly contemporary calf, raised bands, gilt spine label. Title within ornate border. Ownership signature in upper blank corner of title, with several dates 1735-8 surrounding it, later ink signature on front free endsheet, 1693 ownership signature on verso of terminal blank, bookplate of H.A. Underwick on pastedown, some small rust spots to the Table and terminal blank, with consequent small patch of erosion in blank foremargin of last six leaves, shallow tidemark in top blank portion of gutter of last few leaves, otherwise (and apart from the four missing preliminary leaves), a very good copy The first edition of Arthur Golding's celebrated translation of Calvin's COMMENTARIUS IN LIBRUM PSALMORUM, accompanied by the relevant selection of Psalms in English. Although the majority of his published works as translator were not literary, his wider reputation rests with his translation of Ovid's METAMORPHOSIS from the original Latin, which was widely influential on the likes of Marlowe, Spenser, and, of course, Shakespeare. The four missing leaves consist of the conclusion of Golding's "Epistle Dedicatorie" and of the opening of Calvin's Introduction "To the Reader." An uncommon book: ABPC notes only two appearances of copies at auction in the last two decades, both of them significantly imperfect. ESTC S107215. STC 4395.
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