1845 The Works of Edmund Spenser. The Faerie Queene, The Shepheards Calendar, etc.. Fine binding - stamped by Hayday. Moxon.


An attractive 19th century Works of Edmund Spenser, including his classic works The Faerie Queene, and the Shepheards Calendar.

About the Work -

“The Faerie Queene is an English epic poem by Edmund Spenser. Books I–III were first published in 1590, and then republished in 1596 together with books IV–VI. The Faerie Queene is notable for its form: it is one of the longest poems in the English language as well as the work in which Spenser invented the verse form known as the Spenserian stanza. On a literal level, the poem follows several knights as a means to examine different virtues, and though the text is primarily an allegorical work, it can be read on several levels of allegory, including as praise (or, later, criticism) of Queen Elizabeth I. In Spenser's ‘Letter of the Authors’, he states that the entire epic poem is ‘cloudily enwrapped in Allegorical devices’, and the aim of publishing The Faerie Queene was to ‘fashion a gentleman or noble person in virtuous and gentle discipline.’”

The Shepheardes Calender was Edmund Spenser's first major poetic work, published in 1579. In emulation of Virgil's first work, the Eclogues, Spenser wrote this series of pastorals at the commencement of his career. The title, like the entire work, is written using deliberately archaic spellings, in order to suggest a connection to medieval literature, and to Geoffrey Chaucer in particular. The poem introduces Colin Clout, a folk character originated by John Skelton, and depicts his life as a shepherd through the twelve months of the year. It is also remarkable for the extensive commentary included with the work in its first publication, ascribed to an ‘E.K.’ E.K. is an intelligent, very subtle, and often deeply ironic commentator, who is sometimes assumed to be an alias of Spenser himself. The term sarcasm is first recorded in English in Spenser's poem.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 24 x 15.5 x 4 cm. Red leather binding with gilt decoration. Five raised cords to spine with title in gilt in one compartment, others with gilt decoration. AEG (All edges gilt). Turn-ins rolled. Bound by Hayday (bottom of verso of flyleaf stamped).

Pages - (2) xx, 128, 24, (2). Note, the "24" are a full Chiswick Press catalogue.

Condition -

See pictures. Some edge wear, rubbing and shelf wear to binding. Leather worn at joints, darkened around edges and spine. A chip at the top of the spine has been glued back on. Dusty edges. Front and rear hinge cracked (endpaper). Bookseller and previous owner note in pencil on flyleaf. Slightly foxed, mostly near ends. Turn-ins have ghosted flyleaves. Frontis/title page very toned (different paper than rest of volume). Moisture mark intruding 2 cm up from bottom edge at title page and frontis, other pages don't have it. Pages are toned near edges.

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