Lot 8
  • 8

(Allott, Robert, ed.)

25,000 - 35,000 USD
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  • Englands Parnassus: or the Choysest Flowers of our Moderne Poets, with their Poeticall Comparisons. Descriptions of Bewties, Personages, Castles, Pallaces, Mountaines, Groves, Seas, Springs, Rivers, &C. Whereunto are Annexed Other Various Discourses both Pleasaunt and Profitable. London: Printed for N[icholas]. L[ing]. C[uthbert]. B[urby]. And T[homas]. H[ayes]., 1600
  • ink, paper
8vo (5 7/8 x 3 1/2 in.; 150 x 89 mm). Printer's woodcut device (McKerrow 301) on title-page, printer's ornaments, dedicatory sonnet to Thomas Mounson (A4) signed "R.A."; lacks first two blanks, a few outer margins shaved close, some light browning and staining in first half. Contemporary calf paneled blind, smooth spine double-ruled in blind, plain endpapers, edges sprinkled red; a few old scrapes to boards, joints dry.


"H. T." (initials on title-page verso) — H. Bacon Collamore. acquisition: Seven Gables, February 1960


STC 378; ESTC S100113; Grolier, Langland to Wither 3; Hayward 38; Pforzheimer 358A

Catalogue Note

First edition, first issue, with the dedicatory sonnet to Thomas Mounson. This compilation of quotations is taken from the poetical works of approximately fifty Elizabethan writers. "There are included 91 genuine extracts from Shakespeare's works, mostly (63) derived from Venus and Adonis and Lucrece but all from plays or poems which had been printed before 1600" (Pforzheimer).