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SPENSER, Edmund (1552?--1599)
[Faerie queene. 1758]
The fairy queen. Written by Edmund Spenser. With a glossary, explaining the old and obscure words. In two volumes. ...
London: printed for J. and R. Tonson, 1758.
2 vols ; 21.8 cm. (8º)
I: xxxviii, [2], 527, [1] p., 5 pl. : [1] engr. illus. (port.)
II: 496 p., 6--9 [i.e. 4] pl.

Spenser's poem, first published 1590--96, is one of the great achievements of Elizabethan literature, combining elements of Italian romance, classical epic, allegory, and native English traditions and creating the new poetic form of the Spenserian stanza. This edition is illustrated with nine full-page engravings by Louis Du Guernier including a frontispiece in each volume; the unsigned half-page vignette on p. [iii] is a portrait of the author. In 1830 Soane paid C.L. Eastlake 150 guineas for a painting for his Museum based on verses from Spenser's poem, the subject being 'Una Delivering the Red Cross Knight from the Cave of Despair'. ESTC n8267; Alston, III.102; F.I. Carpenter, A reference guide to Edmund Spenser (Chicago 1923), p. 116; D.F. Atkinson, Edmund Spenser: a bibliographical supplement (New York 1967), p. 55, no. 5.

Copy Notes Some passages in vol. I marked in pencil.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled spine, black and red morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 627


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