Lot 423
  • 423


30,000 - 50,000 GBP
106,250 GBP
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  • Edmund Spenser
  • The Faerie Queen: The Shepheards Calendar: Together with the other Works of England's arch-poet. H[umphrey] L[ownes] for Mathew Lownes, 1611 [i.e. 1612 or 1613]
folio, INSCRIBED BY KING CHARLES I AND READ BY HIM DURING HIS FINAL IMPRISONMENT, FIRST COLLECTED EDITION, second issue, cancel title within woodcut border (McKerrow and Ferguson 212), cancel title page for the Second Part of the Faerie Queene (dated 1613), The Shepheards Calendar, Mother Hubberds Tale, and Colin Clouts Come Home Again [etc.] all with separate title pages and registers, numerous woodcut vignettes, cartouches, devices, and tailpieces, INSCRIBED BY CHARLES I ON THE FRONT FREE ENDPAPERS ("Dum spiro Spero [While I breathe I hope]. CR"), with various additional inscriptions by Sir Thomas Herbert and other family members, notably recording Herbert's acquisition of the book ("The guift of my Uncle, Doctor Ambrose Ayckrayde. 1628 Herbert", partially erased, on the front paste-down), and with his monogram and mottos ("En Bon Tans" on the title page and "Pawb yn y Arver" on the colophon), also inscribed by other family members ("Liber Adeliza Herbert 1637" and "Henry Herbert" [? Henry Herbert, 2nd Bt, 1639-1687] on front endpapers), and with other notes including a quotation from Horace ("Omne tulit punctum Qui miscuit utile Dulci, Ars Poetica, 343), one textual correction (not in Charles I's hand) on p.319 of FQ, with a faded inscription on the upper cover in a later hand ("This book is for [Tho.] Herbert Esqr. Groom of the Bedchamber to the King in the Isle of Wyght with a [bracelet?]"), contemporary calf, fillet gilt border, later red lettering piece, housed in a brown morocco collector's folding box by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, a few tears including to [FQ] A2 and [Calendar] D1, occasional scattered marks and browning, binding worn with upper cover nearly detached