The Lyric Poems of Sir Philip Sidney.

Rare first edition of The Lyric Poems of Sir Philip Sidney

The Lyric Poems of Sir Philip Sidney.

SIDNEY, Philip. Edited by Ernest Rhys.

Item Number: 111059

London: J. M. Dent & Co, c. 1895.

First edition of this collection of Sidney’s lyrical poems edited by Ernest Rhys. Small octavo, bound in full vellum with gilt titles and tooling to the spine, gilt titles to the front panel within elaborate gilt botanical borders, engraved tissue-guarded frontispiece, title page and headpieces. In very good condition.

Remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the Elizabethan age, English poet and scholar Philip Sidney's best known works include Astrophel and Stella, The Defence of Poesy (also known as The Defence of Poetry or An Apology for Poetry) and The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia. Like the best of the Elizabethans, Sidney was successful in more than one branch of literature, but none of his literary output was published until after his death. His finest achievement was his connected sequence of 108 love sonnets. These sonnets which owe much to Petrarch and Ronsard in tone and style, place Sidney as the greatest Elizabethan sonneteer except Shakespeare.

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