Lot 191
  • 191

Corkine, William

10,000 - 15,000 USD
40,000 USD
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  • Corkine, William
  • Ayres, to Sing and Play to the Lute and Basse Violl. With Pavins, Galliards, Almaines, and Corantos for the Lyra Violl, London: Printed by W. Stansby for John Browne, and are to be sold at his Shop in Saint Dunstanes Church-yard in Fleete-street, 1610; The Second Booke of Ayres, Some, to Sing and Play to the Base-Violl alone: Others, to be sung to the Lute and Base-Violl... London: Printed for M.L[ownes], I.B[rowne] and T.S[nodham]. Assigned by W. Barley, 1612
  • ink, paper, vellum
Two volumes in one, folio (329 x 213 mm), title pages within historiated woodcut borders, with device, woodcut head-pieces and fine large initials, dedications, type-set music and lute tablature throughout, some printed in table-format, F1 verso in volume 2 printed upside down; last leaf re-margined, a few leaves reinforced at hinge (F1 in volume 1), small repair to D2 verso in volume 1, a few small stains.  Modern card wrappers, morocco-backed fitted box


acquisition: 1962


STC 5768 & 5769; ESTC S116635 & S106668; Keynes (Donne) 71; RISM C 3936 & C 3937

Catalogue Note

Very Rare. There is no copy of the first book in any American Library and only two copies of the Second Booke are located: in the British Library and the Huntington Library.  The Second Booke contains the first edition (1612) of John Donne's poem: Breake of Day ("Tis true, t'is day, what though it be?" on B1v).  On G2v, also a first edition of Donne, is the first line only of the famous The Baite ("Come live with me, and be my love"), composed as a "Lesson for the Lyra Viol."