SIDNEY, PHILIP, Sir. The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia . . . Now the third time published, with sundry new additions. Title within woodcut historiated border. , 576 pages, including initial blank. Folio, 285x193 mm, contemporary panelled calf gilt with arabesque centerpiece on covers, neatly rebacked retaining original backstrip, ties lacking, free endpapers renewed; light to moderate soiling through most of volume, scattered minor stains, small repair in blank lower margin of 2A1 and 2G2, last leaf toned and soiled with repaired clean tear. Contemporary monogram and inscription on title, later owner's bibliographical notes on front pastedown. London: William Ponsonbie, 1598
Estimate $3,000 - 5,000
Third edition of Sidney's popular prose romance, and first to include the Sonnets, The Defence of Poesie, Astrophel and Stella, and the May Lady masque. STC 22541.