“FAREWELL REWARDS AND FAIRIES”: SCARCE 1648 FIRST EDITION OF BISHOP CORBET’S POETICA STROMATA
C[ORBET], R[ichard]. Poëtica Stromata or a collection of sundry pieces in poetry: drawne by the known and approved hand of R. C. No place [Holland?]: no publisher, 1648. Small octavo, contemporary blind-tooled calf neatly rebacked, red morocco spine label. $3000.
First edition of the second collection of Bishop Corbet’s poetry, including the first appearance in print of his poem “The Faery’s Farewell.”
Published 13 years after his death, this collection was preceded by a London-printed collection of the year before which contained 36 poems (including two repeats); included here are 12 of those pieces, and ten new poems, including his best-known ballad, “The Faery’s Farewell.” “He was generous, witty and eloquent, and his poetry ranges from the entertaining traveler’s story of ‘Iter Boreale’ to the ironical verses on ‘The Distracted Puritane”-both of which are present in this collection (Drabble, 229). Wing C6272. Grolier 198. Hayward 91. CBEL I, 1306.
Title page a bit dust-soiled, a few small stains at the end; very light rubbing to contemporary calf. An extremely good copy.