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    [Featured Lot] Barckley, Sir Richard. The Felicitie of Man: Or His Summum bonum London: R. Y[oung] for Rich[ard] Roystone, 1631. 4to. ยน1,A-2A8, 2D8 ( +2D1, cancel), 2E8, 2F8 (+F3 cancel), 2G-2X8. [18], 368, 367-526, 607-717, [17]p. Contemporary paneled calf, spine banded, front hinge split but strong; pastedowns torn and detached from boards, contemporary vellum mss used as binder's waste, ownership inscription of William de Grey, November 6th, 1673 on inner front board & Merton ibrary entry on f..f.e.p., nice copy. Engraved t.p. with figures and grotesques by "W(illiam) M(arshall?)," head- and tail-pieces. First Heywood Edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $1,000


    More Information: Barckley, Sir Richard [d.1604] "A garner filled with the most amusing and best histories and little narration, told in the author's own words, and occasiuonally enlarged, but in perfect keeping and consistency...it purports to be an ethical treatise on human happiness, consisting of six books. In the first, the author offers to prove, and by example to show, that felicity consists not in pleasure; - in the second,not in riches; in the third, not in honour and glory;-in the fourth, not in moral virtue, after the academicks and peripateticks, nor in philosophical contemplation; - in the fifth, he declares his own opinion of happiness of this life; - and in the sixth, he shows wherein consists the true felicity and Summun Bonum of man, and the way to attain it..." 'To worship and gloriffie God in this life, that we may be joined to him in the world to come, is our beatitude, or Summum Bonum' [Allibone, Critical Dict. of English Lit. I,116.]

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