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SPENSER, Edmund (1552?--1599)
[Works. 1715]
The works of Mr. Edmund Spenser. In six volumes. With a glossary explaining the old and obscure words. Publish'd by Mr. Hughes. ...
London: printed for Jacob Tonson, 1715.
6 vols ; 16.5 cm. (12º)
I: viii, cxl, 184 p., engr. frontis., [3] pl.
II: [2], 187--546 p., engr. frontis., [1] pl.
III: [2], 547--854 p., engr. frontis., [1] pl.
IV: [2], 859--1168 p., engr. frontis., [3] pl.
V: [4], 1171--1455, [1] p., engr. frontis., [3] pl.
VI: [4], 1459--1758 p., engr. frontis., [2] pl.

With 17 engravings by Louis Du Guernier (1677--1716). This copy is without the additional gathering in vol. I (*a6, pp. ix-xviii) containing a list of subscribers present in some copies (see ESTC). Includes 'The Life of Mr Edmund Spenser' and 'An Essay On Allegorical Poetry. With Remarks on the Writings of Mr. Edmund Spenser' in vol. I, and Theodore Bathurst's 'Calendarium pastorale', a Latin translation of The shepherd's calendar in vol. VI. At the end of vol. II is a bifolium signed Bb2 with an 'Advertisement' and five alternative stanzas to conclude book III, canto 12 of The Faerie Queene from the quarto edition of 1596. ESTC t61111; Alston III.69.

Copy Notes The final bifolium in vol. II containing the 'Advertisement' etc. is misbound at end of vol. III in this copy. Bought from Thomas Boone for £1 1s., 9 June 1804. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.1.4). Inscribed by Boone in pencil on the volume I first front free-endpaper Scarce / Plates. 1-1-0.

Binding C18th sprinkled calf, gilt double-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red and green morocco spine-labels.

Reference Number 1114


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