Lot 4
  • 4

Brathwaite, Richard

3,000 - 4,000 USD
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The English Gentlewoman, drawne out to the full Body: expressing, What Habilliments doe Best Attire Her, What Ornaments doe Best Adorne Her, What Complements doe Best Accomplish Her. London: by B[ernard] Alsop and T[homas] Fawcett for Michael Sparke, 1631

4to (7 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.; 180 x 130 mm). Additional engraved title in 10 compartments with a central portrait of a gentlewoman by William Marshall, woodcut historiated and floral initials, head- and tail-pieces of printer's ornaments; lacking the rare folding leaf "Meaning of the Frontispice," engraved title inlaid, fore-margin of title renewed with small mends affecting the "t" of "gentlewoman" and the rule above the author's name, probably washed and lightly browned, light inkspots on 11 pages, "Embleme" leaf [Gg4] misbound between FF3-4 the binder misled by the duplicate page number "221". Modern red crushed morocco, triple-fillet border, spine richly gilt, dentelles, edges gilt, signed in gilt "Riviere & Son"; upper joint weak and cracking at top and bottom.


Robert Hoe (bookplate, Catalogue of Early English (1903) vol. 1, pp. 113-114, but not in his sale at Anderson Galleries 24 April 1911) — Beverly Chew (bookplate, sale Anderson Galleries 8 December 1925, lot 36) — Charles L. Dana ("armorial" bookplate?, sale American Art Association, 19 January 1927, lot 85) — Edward Karfiol (bookplate)


Church 193; Grolier / Wither to Prior 68; Pforzheimer 78 (another issue); STC 3565.5

Catalogue Note

First edition, second issue, with the appendix (leaves Hh4, Ii2) present and mentioned in the table of contents. The most popular women's courtesy book of its time and the companion to Brathwaite's English Gentleman, with which it was frequently printed or bound.