Lot 10
  • 10


6,000 - 9,000 USD
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  • Pathomachia: or the Battell of Affections. Shadowed by a Faigned Siedge of the Citie Pathopolis. Written Some Yeeres Since, and Now First Published by a Friend of the Deceased Author. London: Printed by Thomas and Richard Coats, for Francis Constable, and are to be sold at his Shop in Pauls Church-yard at the Signe of the Crane, 1630
  • paper
4to (6 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.; 174 x 124 mm). Printer's ornaments on title, woodcut headpieces and decorative initials; some spotting on title and on first and last few leaves, lacking first and last blank leaves, numeral "2" written in upper right corner of title (referring to its place in the Heber volume before removal). Nineteenth-century blind-tooled calf, supralibros (Bridgewater) on both covers; corners torn.


Richard Heber (shelfmark, sale 1834, Part II, lot 4836 part) — Earl of Bridgewater (large bookplate and supralibros) — Henry E. Huntington — John L. Clawson (bookplate) — Donald & Mary Hyde (Christie's New York, April 14, 2004, lot 57). acquisition: Hyde sale (through Bernard Quaritch)


STC 19462; ESTC S114196; Greg 434; not in Pforzheimer

Catalogue Note

First edition. At the time, partly due to James I's favor of the genre, allegorical plays became increasingly popular with college dramatists. Thomas Tomkis's Lingua was the model on which most others were based, and Pathomachia makes direct references to that play. The work contains many allusions to recent events; sometimes attributed to Henry More.