Lot 748
  • 748

Sidney, Sir Philip

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  • Sir P.S. his Astrophel and Stella. Wherein the Excellence of Sweete Poesie is Concluded. London: Printed [by John Danter] for Thomas Newman, Anno Domini 1591
  • ink, paper, leather
4to (7 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.; 186 x 137 mm). Printer's ornaments on title-page, woodcut headpiece on A2; light dampstaining throughout, leaves H1,4 in facsimile. Brown crushed morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, paneled gilt, the spine in six compartments paneled and lettered gilt, gilt-ruled turn-ins, edges gilt; turn-ins offset to free endpapers.


GPA-Bolton Library, Cashel (Christie's London, 23 June 1993, lot 201). acquisition: Purchased at foregoing sale through Bernard Quaritch


STC 22537; ESTC S110965  

Catalogue Note

One of the great rarities of English literature. The second edition, corrected with the prefaces and sonnets by Daniel and others eliminated.  Of this edition, ESTC records a total of five copies in institutions, including the present copy. The first edition, printed the same year, was suppressed as it was published from a corrupt text. Of that edition, only two copies are known.