FULKE GREVILLE'S WORKES- Seyle:1633; Caelica sonnets custom binding leatherbound$1,300.00
Certaine Learned and Elegant Workes of the Right Honorable Fulke Lord Brooke
by Baron Fulke Greville
Published posthumously, this is a lovely first edition and primary source for the writings of this notable English nobleman. Statesman, dramatist and poet, Fulke Greville (1554-1628) was a fascinating figure of 16th-17th century England. This edition presents some of his most significant literary works, including the famous and mysterious Caelica sonnets, as well as A Treatise of Humane Learning, An Inquisition upon Fame and Honour, A Treatise of Wars, Alaham, Mustapha, A Letter to an Honorable Lady, and A Letter of Travel. 298 pages. 6 x 9.25 inches.
Ex-libris bookplate with standing lion. Custom binding by Maltby's Oxford, likely late 1800s or early 1900s. Beautiful antique fine leather binding is blind tooled on front/back, with gilt along cover edges, spine, and on the leather turn-ins of cover (two bright lines around pastedown).
1st edition printed by E. Purslowe for Henry Seyle, London, 1633.
Hardback is overall in VERY GOOD+ condition.
- Volume has been beautifully preserved.
- Brown leather has rubbed and creased shoulders, with light edgewear and lightly scuffed corners.
- Spine has title and year in bright gilt, with 3 gilt dots on each of 5 raised bands, and light scuffing in places.
- Binder's stamp in bright gilt at foot of front pastedown.
- Binding is tight and strong.
- Endpapers and feps are a fine grade paper, with gently toned edges. Although aged, these are clearly of a fresher vintage than the text.
- Ex libris book features an owner's bookplate on front pastedown, as well as sticker residue as if from a former bookplate. (See photos)
- Title page has light pencil notes in foot and fore margins, as well as bleed from verso.
- Interior shows commensurate aging along a range of intensities: varied toning and foxing throughout: some smudges and bleed; very little fading; overall very legible.
- Text block edges are darkened with faded gilt along head.
- Pages may have been professionally trimmed at rebinding.
- Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
"Who worships Cupid doth adore a boy;
Boys' earnest are at first in their delight,
But for a new soon leave their dearest toy,
And out of mind as soon as out of sight;
Their joys be dallyings and their wealth is play,
They cry to have and cry to cast away."
from: Caelica LXII
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