“THE POET’S POET”: LOVELY GIFT EDITION OF SPENSER’S POETICAL WORKS
SPENSER, Edmund. Poetical Works. London: Henry Frowde/Oxford University Press, 1912. Small thick octavo, contemporary limp vellum gilt, yapp edges, green silk ribbon ties, top edge gilt. $425.
Early 20th-century edition (the “Oxford Spenser”) of Spenser’s verse—including his extravagant epic in praise of Queen Elizabeth, The Faerie Queene—illustrated with frontispiece and title page facsimiles, handsome in vellum.
"Spenser's influence on English poetic literature cannot be readily over-estimated… 'No other of our poets,' wrote James Russell Lowell, 'has given an impulse, and in the right direction also, to so many and so diverse minds.' Charles Lamb bestowed on Spenser his just title when he described him as 'the poet's poet'" (DNB). Illustrated with frontispiece portrait, facsimiles of 16th–century title pages and (for "The Shepheardes Calendar") headpiece vignettes. Armorial bookplate. Gift inscription.
Interior clean, spine lightly toned, gilt bright. About-fine condition.