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DU BARTAS, Guillaume de Salluste, seigneur (1544--1590)
[Works. English. 1606]
Bartas his deuine weekes & workes translated: & dedicated to the Kings most excellent maiestie by Iosvah Sylvester.
[London: printed by Humfrey Lownes, 1605 [i.e. 1606].
[36], 160, 169--383, [6], 386--387, 390--427, 430--435, [4], 438--495, [5], 154, [4], 499--660, [29], 674--715, [1] p., engr. t.-pl. : wdcut illus. ; 18.4 cm. (8°)

Cancel engraved title-page without imprint, which is taken from the separate title-page to 'The Second Weeke: ...' at sig. T2r. In verse. A translation of La sepmaine, ou Creation du monde, Paris, 1578, a famous epic poem that influenced numerous writers including Milton, and other short works of the Renaissance French Huguenot poet Du Bartas, by Josuah Sylvester, a poet remembered chiefly for his translations of Du Bartas published between 1590 and 1608. This edition is found in three states: the first with a letterpress title-page within woodcut frame with the imprint of Humfrey Lownes, 1605 (ESTC s116457); the second with a cancel engraved title-page without imprint (ESTC s112205); and the third as here, with the same cancel engraved title-page and with 'I Posthumus Bartas. The Third Day of His Second Weeke' (2K*² 2L*-3F*? 3G*²; [4], 154, [2] p.) inserted after 2K6, with a title-page dated 1606. The added portion was entered in the Stationer’s Register to E. Blount, 13 November 1605. Includes the translator’s dedications in French and Italian to King James I, who had himself produced a translation of Du Bartas’s poem 'Uranie'; commendatory verses by Ben Jonson, Samuel Daniel, Bishop Hall and others; and translations of 'Quatrains' by Guy du Faur, seigneur de Pibrac and 'Paradoxe que les Adversitez Sont Plus Necessaires que les Prosperités' by Odet de La Noue seigneur de Téligny, each with separate dated title-page and continuous register and pagination. The first leaf is blank except for signature-mark 'A'; sig. 3G*2 and Xx*8 are blanks. ESTC s1703; STC (2nd ed.) 21649a.5.

Copy Notes The Soane copy lacks leaf A1. The added section 'I Postumus Bartas. ...' is misbound after sig. Ll8 (p. 516, i.e. the end of the first section of 'Fragments, and other small VVorkes of Bartas. ...'). Early C18th(?) signature of Nicholas Cooper on section-title 'The Lawe' (sig. Rr*2). Inscribed in pencil on front pastedown First Edition Rare / 1605.

Binding Early C17th calf, upper and lower covers gilt-stamped in strapwork style, gilt and blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled and ruled spine, later tan calf spine-labels, gilt text-block edges. Leather ties missing.

Reference Number 1496

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