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Pomes by Michael Drayton; Englands Heroicall Epistles; The Legends of Robert, Duke of Normandie, Matilda, the Faire, Pierce Gaveston, Earle of Cornwall, Thomas Cromwell, Earle of Essex

By Michael Drayton

1630

John Smethwicke : London

6" by 4"

[12], 480pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

A collection of works by Michael Drayton. In this early copy of Drayton's work there are a selection of his poetical writings inlcuding his historical poem 'The Legend of Robert, Duke of Normandy'.

The poems of Michael Drayton, with the titles features as follows: The Barons Warres, Englands Heroicall Epistles and The Legends of Robert, Duke of Normandie, Matilda, the Faire, Pierce Gaveston, Earle of Cornwall, Thomas Cromwell, Earle of Essex. ESTC Number: S109923. Continuously paginated with ' 'Englands Heroicall Epistles' and 'The Legends of Robert' each with their own title pages. This work has been dated from these title pages which also stated the publisher information, that being 'Printed for John Smethwicke' To the front of the volume is Drayton's poem, 'The Barons Warres', which does not have its own title page. This appears consistent with other copies. The title to the front of the volume is torn, with a large portion lacking. Incomplete, with lacking the last 16 pages according to the ESTC. With an address to Sir Walter Aston from the poet to the front of the copy, and a second to the reader. This is then followed by a series of testimonials addressed to Michael Drayton. Michael Drayton was a English poet of the Elizabethan period. His first collection of works was published in 1590, with Drayton continuing to publish throughout the 16th and early 17th century. A scarce work by this important Elizabethan poet.

CONDITION

In a half calf binding. Externally worn, front board is lacking, with rear board endpaper and pages 477-480 are detached but present. Loss to the tail of the spine and to the spine label. Backstrip is lifting to the tail. Chips to the extremities of the front endpaper blank, and a closed tear to the head of the blank, no more than 2cm. The front endpaper lacking. Internally firmly bound. Pages are generally bright with toning and the occasional handling mark. Tide marks to the head of several of the rear pages. The occasional closed tear to a few pages throughout the volume. The odd handling mark and spot. Loss to the tail of the title page, with half of each title listed lost. This page has been reinforced with paper to the rear of the title page. Loss to the tail of page 285, affecting 12 lines to page 285, and 15 lines to page 286, with approximately 30 words lost the each page. Pages are close cropped, not affecting the text.

Overall Condition: Fair

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