The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Sir Philip Sidney)

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Bibliographical Information

FULL TITLE: THE COUNTESSE OF PEMBROKES ARCADIA, Written by SIR PHILIP SIDNEY KNIGHT. Now the ninth time published, with a twofold supplement of a defect in the third Book : the one by Sr. W. A. Knight; the other, by Mr Ja. Johnstoun Scoto-Brit. dedicated to K. James, and now annexed to this work, for the Readers benefit.  

DATE: 1638

PLACE: London

PUBLISHER: Printed for J. Waterson and R. Young, 1638.


CALL NUMBER: PR2342.A5 1638

NOTE: ESTC records 47 copies. 


2º: π —2 aabb4 A-Fff6 [$3 (-Y2, Ee covered with paper insert)]

TYPE: Roman; Italic


DEDICATIONS: Dedicated to the Most Potent High, and Invincible Prince, K. James the Sixt, King of Scotland, &c. Grace, Health, Prosperity, and Peace, with daily increase of Honour. 

ILLUSTRATIONS: Engraved compartment surrounds title and publication information. Dedication pages and the starting pages of new sections within the book feature ornamented upper borders and engraved first letters. 

PROVENANCE: 1. CRRS bookplate on inner pastedown. 2. Signatures of original provenance on pastedown in front matter. 


Boards: marbled boards are scratched and distressed, with the front board fully detached. Spine is worn and chipped. Leaves: foolscap leaves are torn and stained, with some wove paper inserts in places that the foolscap has worn away. On title page, there are spirals of faded ink lining the bottom of the page. An annotator has filled in the missing words with pen and ink. In these places, ink splotches are visible. The pen-and-ink writing is clearest on the back pages, including pp. 621-623.  

[1]          Andreas Schluter, "Humouring the Hero: The Uses of Melancholy among Military Nobles in Late Elizabethan England," Heldon. Heroes. Heros., special issue, no. 1 (2014): 26.

[2]           Ibid, 24.

[3]           Sidney qtd. in Sokolov. Danila Sokolov, "'Love gave the wound, which while I breathe will bleed': Sidney's Astrophil and Stella and the Subject of Melancholy," Sidney Journal 30, no. 1 (2012): 27. 

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