Corbett [Ashby] (Margery), 1882-1981; Lightbown (Ronald William), born 1932

The Comely frontispiece : the emblematic title-page in England 1550-1660

London, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979
(24 cm), viii, 248 pp., 20 plates. Publisher’s boards, dust jacket. - Commentaries on 20 woodcut or engraved title-pages from English books published between 1577 and 1651. Among these books are works of literature (Sidney’s Arcadia, Drayton’s Poly-Olbion, Jonson’s Works), travel books (Captain John Smith’s Generall Historie of Virginia and van Linschoten’s Discours of Voyages), translations (Chapman’s Homer and Sylvester’s DuBartas), and Bibles (the Bishops’ of 1602 and the King James), as well as John Dee’s General and Rare Memorials, Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, and Hobbes’ Leviathan. ¶ Excellent copy.


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