The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia

The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia

Philip Sidney; Hugh Sanford; William Alexander Stirling, Earl of; Richard Bellings

 [by Robert Young] for Simon Waterson and R. Young [and T. Downes], 1633


Folio, 29.5 x 19.5 cm. 8th ed. Contemporary full leather. Rebacked. [8], 624 p.  Signed with flourish by William Caxton, 1716.  First and last leaves conserved. STC 22549.  The New Arcadia.  Sidney's widely influential pastoral romance.  William Shakespeare based the Gloucester subplot of King Lear on Sidney's work, as well as influences on Hamlet and the Winter's Tale.  Interestingly, Sidney's Arcadia had the earliest known use of the name, Pamela.  Contents: The countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia.--Certaine sonnets.--Defense of poesie.--Astrophel and Stella.--Her most excellent Majestie walking in Wansted garden.

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