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SPENSER, Edmund.

The Faerie Queene.

With an exact Collation of the two original editions, published by himself at London in quarto; the former containing the first three books printed in 1590, and the latter the six books in 1596. To which are now added, a new Life of the Author, and also a Glossary. Adorned with thirty-two Copper-Plates, from the Original Drawings of the late W. Kent, Esq; Architect and principal Painter to his Majesty.

London, printed for J. Brindley and S. Wright, 1751 Stock Code: 132657

In exemplary contemporary calf

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First complete and first illustrated edition, including Thomas Birch's Life; Spenser's letter to Walter Raleigh; commendatory verses; numerous dedicatory verses by Spenser; an exact collation of the two original editions of 1590 and 1596 which combine to give the first complete text in one edition including the fragment of Book VII; a glossary; and 32 engraved plates after drawings by the painter, architect, and garden-designer William Kent (c.1686-1748), which constitute the first comprehensive illustrations to the poem.

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3 volumes, quarto (268 x 208 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, orange morocco labels to spines, compartments ruled in gilt.


32 copper engraved illustrated folding plates after drawings by W. Kent.


18th-century unlettered armorial bookplate and old shelf marks to front pastedowns. Light repair to spine and joint ends, small black mark at foot of front cover of vol. II. An exemplary copy.


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