Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody


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[003291] Bullen, A.H. (Ed); Davison, Francis. Davison’s Poetical Rhapsody. London: George Bell and Sons, 1890. First Thus. 8vo. Full Morocco. Large Paper. Good+. Two volumes complete – Volume One – xc, [2], 139pp, [3] and Volume Two – ix, [1], 207pp, [1]. Contemporary full morocco by Ramage, raised bands, spines in six panels, title lettered directly to second panel, editor and volume number lettered directly to third panel, date to foot of spine, single gilt line to board edges, gilt border and roll to inner edges, t.e.g. gilt decorated endpapers.

Spines faded, very slightly rubbed, otherwise quite bright. Internally occasional hint of foxing, but generally quite bright and clean. Title in red and black.

Large paper copy, number one hundred and eighteen of two hundred and fifty copies.

Davison, Francis (1573/4-1613×19), poet and anthologist, it is for , ‘A Poetical Rapsody’ (1602), “that he is remembered. It is the last of the series of printed poetry collections which begins with Tottel’s Miscellany in 1557. It is made up from groups of poems by Francis Davison himself, his brother Walter, and an anonymous third writer or group of writers, to which a few poems by Philip Sidney, the countess of Pembroke, Edmund Spenser, and others are added at the beginning and end of the volume”. (ODNB