Lot 396: Contess of Pembroke's Arcadia 1655 edition

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Lot 396: Author: Sidney, Philip. Title: The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia. The Tenth Edition. With his Life and Death; a brief Table of the principal heads, and som(sic) other new Additions. Place Published: London. Publisher: William DuGard. Date Published: 1655. Description: (32), 624, (26, dedication, supplement, table) pp. Portrait frontispiece of Sidney (trimmed and mounted). (Folio) old full calf, rebacked. Tenth Edition. First edition to include Sidney's A Remedie for Love, the first to be indexed, and the first published portrait of Sidney. Scholars have long emphasized the importance of this edition, which is surprisingly scarce. The biography discusses Sidney's ancestry, his education at Oxford and on the Continent, his foreign embassies, and his marriage. Discounts the story that he was offered the crown of Poland. Defends Arcadia from charges that it is wanton and a waste of the reader's time, treating it as an exposition of moral and political doctrine under the 'mystical hieroglyphicks' of a story about lovers. Concludes, however, that the key to the hidden topical allusions in the text is forever lost. Also recounts the story of Sidney's wounding, his request that Arcadia be burned, and his death and funeral. Offers possible explanations for the fact that no permanent monument was ever placed over his tomb. Not in Pforzheimer, not in Britwell, though some 40 copies are listed on OCLC. Wing S3768. Leather worn; small tear at food of title page; light foxing and browning within; very good. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $500-800
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