Edmund Spenser The Faerie Queene 1609 Folio Cantos Of Mutabilitie True 2nd Ed Nr For Sale

THE VERY RARE 1609 TRUE SECOND EDITION OF EDMUND SPENSER’S ‘THE FAERIE QUEENE’ – THE GREATEST LONG POEM IN ENGLISH BETWEEN CHAUCER AND MILTON AND ONE OF THE GREATEST WORKS OF WESTERN LITERATURE.

 

OFFERED WITH is an excellent example of the VERY RARE 1609 TRUE SECOND EDITION OF EDMUND SPENSER’S ‘THE FAERIE QUEENE,’ ALSO CONSTITUTING THE FIRST FOLIO EDITION, THE FIRST POSTHUMOUS EDITION AND (ONE MAY SAY), THE FIRST DEFINITIVE EDITION, printed at London in folio in 1609 by Humphrey Lownes for Matthew Lownes, INCLUDING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PRINT THE ‘TWO CANTOS OF MUTABILITIE,’ in excellent condition, bound in full 19th century English calf, and complete in all respects including the title pages for both the first part (books 1 to 3) and the second part (books 4 to 6). The volume may be referenced as Pforzheimer 971.

 

SPENSER’S ‘THE FAERIE QUEENE’ IS UNIVERSALLY RECOGNIZED AS THE FIRST GREAT ENGLISH POEM AFTER CHAUCER.  

The full general title reads as follows:

 

“The Faerie Queene, / Disposed Into XII Bookes, / Fashioning twelve Morall Vertues. / At London. / Printed by H.L. for Matthew Lownes. / 1609.”

 

The full title of the second part reads as follows:

 

“The Second Part of the Faerie Queene: / Containing / The Fourth, Fift, & Sixt Booke. / By Ed. Spenser. / Imprinted at London for Mathew Lownes. / 1609.”

 

According to the Cambridge History of English Literature:

 

“[Spenser] lives as an exquisite word painter of widely differing scenes, and as supreme poet-musician using with unrivalled skill a noble stanza of his own invention, unparalleled in any language. … Spenser was known to his contemporaries as 'the prince of poets', as great in English as Virgil in Latin. He left behind him masterful essays in every genre of poetry, from pastoral and elegy to epithalamion and epic. Milton was later to claim Spenser as 'a better teacher than Aquinas', and generations of readers, students, and scholars have admired him for his subtle use of language, his unbounded imagination, his immense classical and religious learning, his keen understanding of moral and political philosophy, and his unerring ability to synthesize and, ultimately, to delight.”

 

From DNB: “Edmund Spenser (1552-1599), poet and administrator in Ireland. Spenser's ‘Shepheardes Calender’ was a popular work and was reprinted in 1581, 1586, 1591, and 1597, demonstrating that Spenser did make an impact as our new poet. Spenser had clearly been working hard on his poetry, even though he had published next to nothing since his initial success with ‘The Shepheardes Calender.’ ‘The Faerie Queene’ was a new departure in the history of English poetry, being a combination of Italian romance, classical epic, and native English styles, principally derived from Chaucer. Spenser signalled this by inventing a new stanza (which has come to be known as the Spenserian stanza), a hybrid form adopted from the Scots poetry of James I, rhyme royal, and Italian ottava rima. It contained nine lines, the first eight being pentameters and the last line an alexandrine, and employed the rhyme scheme ababbcbcc. It was accompanied by seventeen dedicatory sonnets to a variety of figures. The poem has survived as a long fragment of six completed books, each of twelve cantos, of lengths varying from forty to eighty stanzas. A further fragment of a seventh book, published after Spenser's death, consisted of two complete cantos and two stanzas from a third. Scholars are divided on the question of the extant nature of the poem, some concluding that Spenser never really intended to complete it, others that had he lived longer all twelve books would have emerged. Equally the relationship between the Two cantos of Mutabilitie and the rest of the poem has not been satisfactorily resolved, some regarding these as a key to the whole work, others reading them as a minor episode not fully worked through.”

 

The volume is very nicely bound in 19th calf with both board blind-ruled and the spine divided by raised bands into six compartments. The binding is in very good to excellent condition, with strong hinges and a strong book-block. It shows minor wear at the edges and corners, as well as minor scuffing of the boards. The front hinge has been tastefully reinforced.

 

Internally, the volume is bright and generally in excellent condition, with ample margins, clear print and generally clean pages throughout. There is some slight toning and slight marginal foxing, but nothing obtrusive. This is quite a pleasing example.

 

The volume is complete in all respects; it comprises 184 leaves as called for by Pforzheimer (at 971), collates A-Y6, Aa-Hh6, Ii4, and is paginated [2], 185, [1], [2], 189-352, 353-363, [1]. The volume measures 25.6 cm by 19 cm by 3.3 cm; each page measures 250 mm by 180 mm.

 

In all, this is an excellent example of the VERY RARE 1609 TRUE SECOND EDITION OF EDMUND SPENSER’S ‘THE FAERIE QUEENE,’ ALSO CONSTITUTING THE FIRST FOLIO EDITION, THE FIRST POSTHUMOUS EDITION AND (ONE MAY SAY), THE FIRST DEFINITIVE EDITION, printed at London in folio in 1609 by Humphrey Lownes for Matthew Lownes, INCLUDING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PRINT THE ‘TWO CANTOS OF MUTABILITIE,’ in excellent condition, bound in full 19th century English calf, and complete in all respects including the title pages for both the first part (books 1 to 3) and the second part (books 4 to 6), and OFFERED WITH

 

 

Please take the time necessary to review the photos below in order to gain a better understanding of the content and condition of the volume. Please also take a moment to view my other sales of rare and desirable English and Continental printed books dating from the 15th through the 19th century.

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On Mar-16-13 at 09:32:58 PDT, seller added the following information:

PLEASE NOTE THAT, AS SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS, THE FIRST LEAF IS REINFORCED AT THE INNER MARGIN (IN A MANNER THAT DOES NOT AFFECT THE PRINTED TEXT). ALSO, AGAIN AS SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS, PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FIRST TWO LEAVES ARE SLIGHTLY RESTORED AT THE UPPER OUTER CORNER, AGAIN NOT AFFECTING THE TEXT.


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