FULKE GREVILLE'S WORKES- Seyle:1633; Caelica sonnets custom binding leatherbound

Artful and professional custom binding on a primary source for this Elizabethan writer. Original interior with expected 17C spelling and typeface. Aged interior with some wear to exterior. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE! Please see description for more details. AS IS.

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.
  • SC/CR20170920
Fulke Greville (1st Baron Brooke, de jure 13th Baron Latimer and 5th Baron Willoughby de Broke KB PC, known before 1621 as Sir Fulke Greville), was an Elizabethan poet, dramatist, and statesman who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1581 and 1621, when he was raised to the peerage. He...served the English Crown under Elizabeth I and James I, [and] was in 1621 made Baron Brooke, peer of the realm. Greville was granted Warwick Castle in 1604, making numerous improvements. Greville is best known today as the biographer of Sir Philip Sidney, and for his sober poetry, which presents dark, thoughtful and distinctly Calvinist views on art, literature, beauty and other philosophical matters." (Wikipedia)

"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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Binding: Leather
Original/Facsimile: Original
Region: Europe
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Subject: Literature & Fiction
Topic: Literature
Place of Publication: London
Publisher: Henry Seyle
Year Printed: 1633
Author: Fulke Greville
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
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