Epithalamion
Epithalamion
Epithalamion
Epithalamion
Epithalamion
$200.00

Epithalamion is an ode written by Edmund Spenser to his bride, Elizabeth Boyle, on their wedding day in 1594. The ode begins with an invocation to the Muses to help the groom, and moves through the couple's wedding day, from Spenser's impatient hours before dawn while waiting for his bride to wake up, to the late hours of night after Spenser and Boyle have consummated their marriage (wherein Spenser's thoughts drift towards the wish for his bride to have a fertile womb so that they may have many children). Spenser meticulously records the hours of the day from before dawn to late into the wedding night: its 24 stanzas represent the hours of Midsummer Day.

This special edition is one of 450 copies printed and is profusely illustrated with gorgeous drawings by George Wharton Edwards. Bound in vellum with gilt decoration on cover; marbled endpapers; covers slightly warped; binding good; text clean and bright on thick paper. G+

SKU: 
6207622
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Publication Date: 
1895
Binding: 
Vellum
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