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SIDNEY, Sir Philip

The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia … now the fourth Time published, with some new Additions.

SIDNEY, Sir Philip

The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia … now the fourth Time published, with some new Additions. London, Imprinted by H[umphrey] L[ownes] for Mathew Lownes, 1613 [1616-19]

Description

Folio, pp. [4], 332, ff. 335, 334-5, pp. [15], 333-482, [2], 483-576, with the inserted gatherings ¶4 and *6 between 2E4 and 2E5, and the inserted singleton ‘SsII’; title-page with an elaborate woodcut border, small part of the lower outer corner torn away, dusty; small worm track through leaves G8-I2 with only the loss of part of the odd letter, rust stain to pp. 574-5; a very good copy in late eighteenth-century quarter calf and marbled boards with vellum tips, rebacked, rubbed, a couple of scuff marks; ownership inscription to title-page dated 1761, armorial bookplate of James Phelp.

Bibliography

STC 22544a; B.E. Juel-Jensen, The Book Collector, Winter 1962, no. 6b.

Footnote

‘Fourth’ printing, but actually (including the Edinburgh and Dublin printings) the sixth edition, the variant imprint naming Mathew Lownes rather than Simon Waterson, the issue with William Alexander’s ‘Supplement’ to Book III added after 2E4.

‘The supplement was entered in the Stationer’s Register to W. Barrett on 31 August 1616, and the rights for the ‘five shettes’ were transferred to M. Lownes on 22 March 1619, which suggests that it was printed about three years after publication of the earlier copies of the 1613 edition. This may offer an explanation of why so comparatively few copies of the 1613 folio have the Supplement. Three distinct settings of type of the Supplement exist’ (Juel-Jensen), of which the present is the first.

Price

£1250.00