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 ...Read MoreConsidered 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.Read Less
Agnes Miller Parker & John Austen. Very Good. Book. Signed by Illustrator(s) 2 Volumes in the original publisher's pale green cloth with gilt design and lettering on the tops of both volumes. Spines with gilt lettering. Large thick quartos. xiii, 992 +(1). Decorated endpapers. Introduction by John Hayward. The text of this edition follows that edited by J.C. Smith for the Clarendon Press in 1909. Limited to 1500 copies printed by Charles Batey, Printer to the University Oxford. Decorations were made by John Austen and the engravings were then made by his friend, Agnes Miller Parker. Number 959 SIGNED BY THE ENGRAVER (AGNES MILLER PARKER). Bindings tight with light soil & wear on the tops & backs. Spines faded and stained (old dampness? ). Contents with some of the gutters toned/yellowed, a few spots of soil, else clean tight Plates clean. Fore and bottom edges uncut with light soil and foxing. Top edges foxed. Slipcase soiled, stained, with paper label chipped but without splits. Interior of slipcase also stained and soiled. Binding, with the exceptions of the spines are very good (spines good). Therefore: Very good in a good + slipcase. Additional postage may be necessary. We have been selling fine books for nearly 40 years, pack, and ship with care.
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