May 05, 2022 - Sale 2603

Sale 2603 - Lot 67

Price Realized: $ 21,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 15,000
Allott, Robert, ed. (fl. circa 1600)
Englands Parnassus: Or, the Choysest Flowers of our Moderne Poets, with their Poeticall Comparisons.

London: Imprinted for N.L.C.B. [Nicholas Ling, Cuthbert Burby] and T.H. [Thomas Hays], 1600.

Octavo, one of several issues dated 1600, the present with editor's dedicatory sonnet inscribed to Sir Thomas Mounson signed R.A.; woodcut printer's device to title, lacking first two and final blanks (A1, A2, & Kk8); leaves A6-A8, "A Table of all the speciall matters contained in this Booke," bound after Kk7; A8, the final leaf of table/errata supplied from a smaller copy; with ink annotations throughout correcting errors and attributing lines to poets and works, later ink notes on front and rear flyleaves; bound in full later calf tooled in gilt with lyre tools, rebacked; paper flaw to leaf E1 (49/50), aeg.; purchased from Seven Gables in June of 1967; 5 7/8 x 3 5/8 in.

"This volume is a compilation of quotations varying in length from a line to nearly a page, generally with source noted though not always accurately, taken from the poetical works of some fifty Elizabethan writers. There are included 91 genuine extracts from Shakespeare's works, mostly derived from Venus and Adonis and Lucrece but all from plays or poems which had been printed before 1600." (Pforzheimer)

STC 378; ESTC S100113; Case Poetical Miscellanies 23 (a); Pforzheimer 358 A; Langland to Wither 3; Hayward 38; Arber III 173.

From the Ken Rapoport Collection.