Peacham’s Compleat Gentleman 1634.




At the Clarendon Press.





Item Description

8vo. 6.25 x 7.5 inches. xxiii + [i] + [12] + 261 + [1] pp. In ivory paper imitation vellum, decorated with blind stamping, with black spine titles. Deckled edges. Some wear to extremities, with spine and board edges darkened. occasional spotting, but otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by facsimile title pages of 1622 and 1634 editions. decorated by head and tailpiece vignettes, by initial and by publisher's device on title page. Reprint of a life and manners orientated guidebook to the accomplishments required by a young man aspiring to be a cavalier gentleman, by Henry Peacham the Younger (c.1576-c.1644), a Cambridge graduate, poet, writer and schoolmaster. The chapters include the topics of nobility, parents, learning and university education, history, cosmography, poetry and music, antiquities, drawing and painting, heraldry and reputation, and end with war (with postures of the musket and pike) and fishing. The sections on painters and painting were considered to be particularly influential at the time. The editor of the reprint, George Stuart Gordon (1881-1942) held the posts of Professor of English Literature at the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, subsequently serving as Professor of Poetry and Vice-Chancellor of the latter University, 1948-41.

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