Small folio, pp. , 399, , wanting the preliminary blank, small hole to M4 affecting three letters, a few marginal repairs without loss; a very good copy in full red morocco, gilt, by Zaehnsdorf, joints slightly rubbed.
US $1544 €1418
Added to your basket:
Psyche: or Loves Mysterie in XX. Canto’s: displaying the Intercourse between Christ and the Soule …
First edition. Beaumont was one of the royalist fellows ejected from Cambridge in 1644, and he devoted his enforced retirement to the composition of this poem, a ‘religious epic’ representing ‘a Soule led by divine Grace, and her Guardian Angel ... through the difficult Temptations and Assaults of Lust, of Pride, of Heresie, of Persecution, and of Spiritual Dereliction ... to heavenly Felicitie.’ The result, some 30,000 lines in six-line stanzas, is by far the longest work of the ‘English Spenserians’ of the seventeenth century (Drayton, Wither, Henry More, Giles and Phineas Fletcher), although Beaumont’s stylistic affinities lie more with Donne and with his fellow student at Peterhouse, Richard Crashaw.
When a second edition was published in 1702 ‘much enlarged in every canto by the late Reverend Author’, the first edition was described as ‘very scarce and very dear’, which is difficult to believe.
Wing B 1625; Hayward 96.
You may also be interested in...
GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS.
The Golden Cockerel Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward Fitzgerald. The first edition reprinted together with Fitzgerald’s monk-Latin version now printed for the first time. Translations of the Latin & of the Persian originals and a critical essay by Sir E. Denison Ross. Introduction by Charles Ganz. Line engravings by John Buckland-Wright.
Number 186 of a handsome limited edition of 300 copies, illustrated with engravings by John Buckland Wright. First published by Bernard Quaritch in 1859, Fitzgerald’s rendering of quatrains attributed to the eleventh-century Persian poet Omar Khayyam was initially a flop, only later becoming ‘the most popular verse translation into English ever made’ (see ODNB).
Promptuarium Catholicum ad instructionem concionatorum contra haereticos nostri temporis, super omnia evangelia totius anni, tam Dominicalia, quam de festis . . . Pars prima Dominicalis . . . Editio tertia ab authore recognita et locupletata. Additus est index rerum copiosissimus.
Rare third edition, expanded, of Stapleton’s handbook or ‘storehouse’ of scriptural devotions for Sundays and feast days, first published in 1589. An independent companion volume for the weekdays in Lent was first published in 1594.