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POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare, Gent. by SHAKESPEARE (William) - First Collected edition - 1640 - from BATTLEDORE LTD (SKU: BBO36)

POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare, Gent.

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POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare, Gent.

by SHAKESPEARE (William)

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SHAKESPEARE (William):

POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare. Gent.

London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard, 1640.

8vo, engraved Portrait Frontispiece by William Marshall after Droeshout, with verses below. Two letterpress title pages, both with woodcut printer's device, the second undated, title-page extended and remargined at bottom, tiny abrasion at top of frontispiece, catchword *3 carelessly printed and punched through, final leaf (M4) extended; russet morocco by Bedford, covers gilt paneled, marbled endpapers, spine and edges gilt.


FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. This edition by Benson brings together all but eight of the sonnets: A Lover s Complaint , The Passionate Pilgrim (mostly not by Shakespeare), The Phoenix and the Turtle (attributed to Shakespeare), and elegies and other poems honoring Shakespeare by Jonson, Milton, Digges, Herrick, Strode, Carew, and others. Benson famously reorganized the sonnets, probably out of concern that an old-fashioned sonnet sequence would not appeal to the generation of the Cavalier Poets. Many are run together to form poems of twenty-eight lines or more, and all are given titles. Benson also made some effort to disguise the homoerotic content found in some sonnets, perhaps most strikingly in his changes to Sonnet 101 ( O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends ), which he runs together with Sonnet 100 under the title An invocation of his Muse while he also switches the gender of the pronouns to make the poet s lover female.

References: STC 22344; ESTC S106377; Bartlett 27; Grolier/Langland to Wither 84; Hayward 30; Pfozheimer 880

Provenance: Alfred Henry Huth (Morocco label) Christie s New York, 18 November 1977, lot 115 (undesignated consignor) Sotheby's London, 26 April 1982, lot 439 ( Property of a Gentleman ) Robert S. Pirie, purchased at the foregoing sale through Bernard Quaritch Sotheby's New York, 3 December 2015, lot 729 ( Collection of Robert S Pirie ).

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Bookseller
BATTLEDORE LTD US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
BBO36
Title
POEMS: Written by Wil. Shake-speare, Gent.
Author
SHAKESPEARE (William)
Illustrator
Engraved Portrait frontispiece
Format/binding
Russet morocco by Bedford, covers gilt paneled, marbled endpapers, spine and edges gilt
Book condition
Used
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Collected edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Printed by Tho. Cotes, and are to be sold by John Benson, dwelling in St. Dunstans Church-yard
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1640
Keywords
Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, Poems
Bookseller catalogs
Antiquarian, Rare & Collectible Books;
Size
12mo.

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About BATTLEDORE LTD

Founded in 1988, Battledore has been promoting children's books and related references/bibliographies through catalogues, by direct mail, online internet sales and special exhibitions, including the annual ABAA Antiquarian Rare Books Fair in New York City (Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street). Since 2002 we have maintained a "by appointment" store front gallery in Kingston NY that is fully operational. For scheduling a visit to discuss collection development, please email us at battledore@mail.com. The President of Battledore Ltd has represented Maurice Sendak as liaison for private collectors and institutions worldwide from 1970 thru 2003 and continues to maintain a fine inventory of his original artwork along with curated selections of original illustration art for children's books by other well-recognized artists and illustrators.

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