1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Abraham Fraunce

Thomas Frognall Dibdin, in Library Companion (1824; 1825) 2:596 & n.



Abraham Fraunce, who, besides being the author of several very rare and not incurious pieces of poetry, put forth one of the most elegant and instructive volumes of philology with which I am acquainted: namely, the Lawyer's Logicke, printed in 1588, 4to.... In the British Bibliographer, vol. ii. p. 277-83, there is an account of this rare book, together with a notice of a MS. of The Shepherd's Logic, &c. The printed volume, to be complete, should contain 161 leaves. It must not be supposed that this work is confined to legal knowledge, or logic; for it abounds with extracts from ancient and modern poetry.... I have known copies of Fraunce's Logic bring seven and eight guineas, and upwards; but, among those which I have seen, not one equals the beauty of that, discovered by me, some five years ago, in an "auncient" cupboard, in the yet more auncient mansion of Hardwicke — in Derbyshire: the oldest seat belonging to his Grace the Duke of Devonshire.