England’s Helicon.

MACDONALD, HUGH, EDITED BY.

£50.00

Publisher

[F. Etchells and H. Macdonald].

Place

[London]

Date

[1925]

Synopsis

[reprinted from the edition of 1600 with additional poems from the edition of 1614. (the haselwood books)].

Item Description

8vo, in fours. 7.25 x 9.25 inches. v-ix + [i] + [3]-256 pp. Facsimile title page of 1600 edition and facsimile title page for Additional Poems from 1614 edition. Copy lacks the Haselwood 1925 title page. Bound in original quarter light brown cloth over brown boards, gilt. Deckled edges. A little wear to extremities, browning of fly leaves and occasional scattered foxing. Light damp stains on lower right hand margins; otherwise a very good copy. Armourial bookplate of David Garnett Hilton Hall Huntingdon. Decorated by title page and verso of title and headpiece vignettes. An anthology of Elizabethan pastoral poetry compiled by John Flasket. The index lists Michael Drayton, Raleigh, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe and Shakespeare as among the authors. 'A page for page reprint of the first edition of 1600, paging being supplied, and nine additional poems from the edition of 1614. Ascribed, with other Elizabethan miscellanies, to John Bodenham, who probably projected the work and befriended the editor, the 'A. B.' (as yet unidentified) who signed the dedication and prefatory sonnet in the first edition. More recently ascribed to Nicholas Ling.' (see DNB). (Quotations adapted from Library Hub). Although lacking the 1925 title page, this limited edition was published by a private press, the Shakespeare Head Press, founded by A. H. Bullen (1857-1920) at Stratford in 1904. It was edited by Hugh Macdonald (1885-1958), who signed the introduction. The copy was owned by David Garnett (1892-1981), writer, publisher and member of the Bloomsbury Group, who purchased Hinton Hall in 1924. He married firstly Ray, the sister of Frances Partridge and secondly Angelica, the daughter of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, Garnett's former lover.

[Stock No. 26656]

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