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1778 Edmund Spenser Faerie Queene Fairy Queen John Bell Poets

“For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.”

― Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene

Edmund Spenser is one of the most well-known 16th-century English poets. His most-famous poem, ‘The Faerie Queene’ is one of fantasy and allegory that celebrated the Tudors and Queen Elizabeth. Spenser explores human emotion, consciousness, and conflict and drew much of his influence from Italian greats Ariosto and Tasso. He embodied Elizabethan values and British history, but he also wanted to have literary freedom balancing history and myth. Samuel Johnson was well-versed with ‘The Faerie Queene’ as it was a ‘useful source for obsolete and archaic words’ as he was organizing his ‘Dictionary’.

This 1787 edition of the poetical works of Spenser was published as part of John Bell’s edition of ‘The Poets of Great Britain.’ This set featured ‘The Faerie Queene’ as well as a fine biographical sketch of Spenser himself.

Item number: #2417

Price: $350


The poetical works of Edmund Spenser ... From the text of Mr. Upton, &c. With the life of the author.

London : Printed under the direction of J. Bell 1787-88.


•Collation complete with all pages; 4 volumes (of 8)

oVol. I – cxviii-261

oVol. IV – [4], 265, [1]

oVol. VII – 251, [1]

oVol. VIII – 236

•References: Lowndes 2477; van Es, Companion to Spenser Studies, p.270; Wilkinson I, p. 132;

•Binding: Leather; tight & secure

•Language: English

•Size: ~5in X 3in (13cm x 8cm)

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1778 Edmund Spenser Faerie Queene Fairy Queen John Bell

Estimate $350 - $700Apr 8, 2018