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Du Bartas

His Diuine weekes and workes with a compleate collectio(n) of all the other most delight-full workes. 

Translated and written by yt famous Philomusus, Iosuah Syluester Gent.

1633 - London - Printed by Robert Young

14" by 9" - (32),1-345, 351-416, 415- 657, (I)pp


 

DETAILS

Reverse calf leather folio binding with blind embossed borders to the boards. A scarce copy.

The works of Du Bartas including his divine weeks along with other translations by Sylvester of works by Henry Smith; Guy du Faur, seigneur de Pibrac; Odet de La Noue, seigneur de Tligny; Girolamo Fracastoro; George Goodwin; and Pierre Matthieu. Also contains most of Sylvesters original works.

The work is illustrated with engraved portrait of the translator, illustrated title page  (signed R. Elstracke Sculpsit)  and numerous engraved head and tail pieces and illuminated initials.

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas (1544July 1590) was a French poet.

He was a Huguenot, and served under Henry IV of France. He is known as an epic poet. La Sepmaine; ou, Creation du monde (1578) was a hugely influential hexameral work, relating the creation of the world and the history of man. It was translated into many languages, including English, and formed the basis for Milton's Paradise Lost. It was followed quickly by La Seconde Sepmaine (1584) which Du Bartas did not manage to finish before falling fatally ill.

James VI of Scotland was particularly impressed by Du Bartas after receiving a volume of his poetry in 1579.  James regarded Du Bartas very highly and encouraged other poets to translate his works, following his accession to the English throne. Thomas Winter quotes from James' Basilikon Doron where he touches on Du Bartas, in the dedicatory epistle of his translation of du Bartas's Third Dayes Creation (1604). Joshua Sylvester, another English poet around the court of King James, also translated Essay of the Second Week (1598) and The Divine Weeks of the World's Birth (1604).


Joshua Sylvester (1563- 28 September 1618) was an English poet.

He translated into English heroic couplets the scriptural epic of Guillaume du Bartas. His Essay of the Second Week was published in 1598; and in 1604 The Divine Weeks of the World's Birth. The ornate style of the original offered no difficulty to Sylvester, who was himself a disciple of the Euphuists and added many adornments of his own invention. The Sepmaines of Du Bartas appealed most to his English and German co-religionists, and the translation was immensely popular.

CONDITION

The binding is generally tight and firm although the first four pages, including the title page and frontispiece, are detached but present.  The rear board is attached but holding by the cords only and the front board is detached but present.  There is some wear to the extremities including some scratches with slight loss in the leather and some marks to the boards.  The corners are bumped with some damage.  The spine is rubbed and has some loss to the top and tail.  The majority of the spine label is missing.   Internally the book is generally clean and bright apart from some mild spots in places and some handling marks.  Some pages are age toned.  A couple of pages have copperplate annotations and doodles in the margins.  There are some closed cuts with perhaps a knife, but these are mostly in the margins and the text is unaffected.  The detached pages are grubby and tattered to the edges as expected.  Overall, despite the front board being detached,  this scarce book is  in very good condition considering it is over three hundred years old.

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