Considered to be one of the most difficult poems in the history of the English language, "The Faerie Queen" by Edmund Spenser is a marvelous epic poem depicting the virtues of the legendary King Arthur and his knights in a mythical place called Faerieland. Spenser based his interpretation of the virtues on those named by Aristotle and Thomas ...
Considered to be one of the most difficult poems in the history of the English language, "The Faerie Queen" by Edmund Spenser is a marvelous epic poem depicting the virtues of the legendary King Arthur and his knights in a mythical place called Faerieland. Spenser based his interpretation of the virtues on those named by Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. Each one of the seven books discusses a different hero who displays one of these virtues; however, this entire collection was meant to be a tribute to Queen Elizabeth and the Tudor family. The stories are intricate and sometimes hard to understand. The language follows Spenserian prose and is intentionally archaic; Spenser wanted his work to have a mythical feel rather than being a modern piece. Each work was specifically chosen to evoke a certain feeling or image, allowing Spenser to make the world of Faerieland have an enchanting feeling. All readers who make their way through the text find that they are rewarded by the epic poem's masterful plots and inventive setting. Many refer to "The Faerie Queen" as early science fiction, since Spenser merges a mystical Faerieland with Arthurian legend. Students of history and literature will enjoy this timeless classic for its challenging rhetoric, but also for its vivid depictions and stunning allegorical significance.
Very Good. 8vo. Hardcover, 8vo. Two volumes. 344 and 345 pp with index. Page edges toned. Spine cloth toned. Mild wear to foot of spine, book 1. Else VERY GOOD. All domestic orders $100 and over will be upgraded to USPS Priority shipping at no additional cost.
Fair/No Jacket. Book II only. Fair condition. Pages are lightly tanned. Moderate shelf wear or edge wear on covers and spine. Paper paste-down on spine cover is heavily rubbed. Books in Fair condition most likely will have markings or highlights on pages or binding defects. (J31)
Fair. Not Ex. Library. Covers green cloth over boards, gilt titles, signs of handling incl. slight rubbing, slightly bumped at h/f of spine and corners, Vol. 1 frayed at hinge 1" and 1" scratch on back, Vol. 2 has gentle crease. Some underling and marginal notes. Vol. 1 has tight binding, Vol 2. separating at front hinge, loose from backstrip. No dust jackets, as issued. All items shipped within 2 business days and guaranteed. Proceeds benefit the Pima County Public Library, serving the greater.
Good. 2 volume set. Limited edition, of 350 copies. Includes two facsimile title-pages, edition of 1596; The Faerie qveene. Disposed into twelue bookes, fashioning XII morall vertues. London, Printed for William Ponsonbie. 1596. Publisher's cloth spine over brown boards. Hardcover. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Printed by John Clay on handmade paper. This is an oversized or heavy book that requires additional postage for international delivery outside of Canada and the US.
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