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Resolves: Divine, Moral, Political.

Feltham Owen (1696)

£600.00 

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

lWith several New Additions both in Prose and verse, Not Extant in the former Impressions. In this Eleventh Edition, References are made to the Poetical Citations; heretofore much wanted.Engraved emblematic frontispiece/title with leaf of explanation "The Face of the Book Unmasked" opposite.Folio. Contemporary calf (joints cracked, small section of leather missing from the head of the upper cover; later label).London: by M. Clark, for Charles Harper,

Wing F658 (;). Browned in places, some sheets quite heavily.

Feltham's Lusoria: or Occasional Pieces. With a Tast of some Letters, and a brief Character of the Low-Countries (first added to the eighth edition of 1661 although a number had appeared previously including the satiricial account of the Low Countries) has a separate title-page. It includes poems written in the 1630s/40s on the death of the Duke of Buckingham and Lady Venetia Digby, wife of Sir Kenelm, "found dead in her bed, leaning her head on her hand" (the subject of a famous posthumous portrait by Van Dyck), Sir Rowland Cotton (a famous linguist), Charles I, and others, an answer to Ben Jonson's "Ode to Himself upon the censure of his New Inn ("Come leave this saucy way / Of baiting those that pay / Dear for the sight of your declining wit: / ..."), "Upon Abolishing the Feast of the Nativity of our blessed Saviour, Anno 1643"

With an apparently unique letterpress advertisement slip of Jeremiah Lathum, bookseller of Tunbridge Wells in Kent pasted to the head of the leaf of explanation to the frontispiece: "For the Better Accomodation of the Ladies and Gentlemen on Tunbridge-Wells. I Jeremiah Lathum, Bookseller, having kept the Wells this Seven Years, do propose to the Gentry on the Walks, that I will dispose of my Shop of Valuable Books by Retale; the Price of each Book being prefix'd on the Blank Page before the title. They may also pick Plays at Nine Shillings a Dozen. ...". The only previous record of Lathum is his entry in the Stationers' Company register of apprentices in 1687 as apprentice to John Seller, a maker of navigational and mathematical instruments and bookseller specialising in maps, sea charts, navigational and mathematical books.Tunbridge Wells, in easy reach of London, was already a popular and fashionable spa resort. In the summer of 1689, for example the diarist John Evelyn's daughter Susanna reported attending an auction of pictures and prints held there by the London auctioneer Edward Millington, his first sale there apparently having been in August 1684 (R. C. Alston, Inventory of sale catalogues 1676-1800 (2010), I, p. 56.

Stock Code: 56386