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ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Works of England's Arch-Poet, Edm. Spenser.

The Faerie Queen: The Shepheards Calendar: together with the other Works of England's Arch-Poet, Edm. Spenser: collected into one Volume, and carefully corrected.

Edmund Spenser


The first collected edition of Spenser's poems began publishing in 1611. Being partly made up of materials ready to hand, it is bibliographically complex.

Ralph Church: "A second Edition in Folio (but not so fair a one) appeared, the first three Books in 1611, and the Remainder either in 1612, or 1613. A Title Page of each date now lies by me, and yet it is evident that they both are prefixed to one and the same Impression. To that Edition we are indebted for some good words which are not to be met with in any of the preceding Copies, and might probably be suggested by our Poet's Friend Mr. Gabriel Harvey, or some other intimate Friend then living: but, in all other respects, that Copy (which is distinguished, in our Notes, by L. 2.) is less valuable than that of L. 1. in proportion as it is farther removed from the Fountain-head, and the genuine Stream thereby much sullied by the accession of many gross blunders which then fell into it. To neither of those Folio Editions is there any Table of Errata. From the artifice afterwards made use of by that Printer, it should seem either that the number of Copies, then printed off, was very great; or that the demand for the Poem rose not to his expectation: for in 1617, a new Title Page appears; but the Copy to which it is prefixed (one of which now lies by me) will be found to be the very same which we have distinguished by L. 2. And indeed the folly of printing such a Title Page was too gross; whereas the Title Page to the second Part, even in that Copy, is printed in 1613, as are most of the Copies I have seen (and I have seen several) one only excepted, as I observed before, which is dated in 1612. But, by the help of the various Readings which are given in our Notes, it will hereafter be easy to distinguish between those two Folio Editions" Faerie Queene (1758) 1:v-vi.

Henry John Todd: "This is the second folio edition of the Faerie Queene. And the first folio of the other poems. And to the Sonnets are here prefixed two commendatory Sonnets by G. W. senr. and junr." Works of Spenser (1805) 1:clxxviii.

S. Austin Allibone: "Ben Jonson's copy, with his signature and MS. notes, was priced in J. H. W. Cadby's Catalogue, Birmingham, Sept. 1865, p. 8, £21." Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1882) 2:2204.

Jewel Wurtsbaugh: "Advertised as 'carefully corrected,' the 1611 volume includes the Faerie Queene (sometimes in the text of 1609, or partly so, sometimes with the first three books dated 1611 and the last 1612 or 1613); the Shepheardes Calender (1611); Mother Hubberds Tale (1612 or 13); Colin Clouts Come Home Againe (with title-page undated) together with Astrophel, Thestylis, A Pastorall Aeglogue, Elegie or Friends Passions, and two epitaphs; Prothalamion (1611); Amoretti (1611); Epithalamion (1611); Fowre Hymnes (1611); Daphnaida (1611); Complaints (1611, but with separate title-pages for the Teares of the Muses and Muiopotmos); the letter to Raleigh; verses by W. R., Hobbynoll, R. S., H. B., W. L., and Ignoto; and all the other prefatory and dedicatory poems except the sonnets to Lady Carey and to 'all the gratious and beautifull Ladies in the Court.' Although without authority, this folio is significant not only as the first edition of the 'collected' works, but also as marking the first appearance of the Shepheardes Calender under Spenser's own name" Two Centuries of Spenserian Scholarship (1936) 5-6.