Lot 6
  • 6

Alexander, William

Estimate
3,000 - 5,000 USD
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Description

  • A Paraenesis to the Prince. London: Printed by Richard Field for Edward Blount, 1604
  • ink, paper, leather
4to (7 7/16 x 5 1/2 in.; 188 x 140 mm). Woodcut headpiece and printer's device (McKerrow 192) on title-page, printer's ornaments on A2; washed and pressed. Nineteenth-century red morocco paneled gilt by F. Bedford, gilt fleuron cornerpieces, the spine in six compartments ornately gilt and lettered, gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers, edges gilt.  

Provenance

Thomas Jefferson McKee (armorial bookplate; sale, Anderson, 2 December 1901, Part III,lot 2715 — Henry E. Huntington (sale, Anderson). acquisition:  Hamill & Barker, 19 January 1966

Literature

STC 346; ESTC S100492; Pforzheimer 4

Catalogue Note

First edition, the Thomas Jefferson McKee copy. It was likely issued with Alexander's The Monarchick Tragedies, published by Blount the same year. "Manlier speech was never addressed to kings than in this poem" (Pforzheimer quoting Grosart).
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