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    John Suckling. Fragmenta Aurea: A Collection of All the Incomparable Peices [sic], Written by Sir John Suckling. And Published by a Friend to perpetuate his Memory. The Third Edition, with some New Additionals. London: For Humphrey Moseley, 1658. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. Third edition. 8vo. A-X8 [AX8, blank presnt] [8], 9-55,[3],56-79, 90-135, [1], 64, [96], 145-190, [2]pp. Contemporary sheep, blind ruled, title added later in gilt, repair at base of spine, endpapers renewed, front hinge starting, underlining, occ. minor stains, tears in upper edges of X 5 & 6. Engraved port. by William Marshall (unsigned variant?) From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Suckling made his mark as a poet, playwright, and belletrist, but he was a writer mainly by avocation, and by second nature. He was first and last a wit and a courtier to Charles I, being occupied mainly as a gentleman officer, socio-political observer, gamester, amorist, and marital fortune seeker--often impetuously and not always successfully. Rough times ended his life prematurely: heir at eighteen and prodigal as soon, he died at thirty-two in Paris, penniless and probably a suicide; the Commons judged him a traitor to parliament, to royalists he was a martyr before the king. His works circulated widely in manuscript during his lifetime and, published posthumously by Humphrey Mosely, were bought in large numbers and read with eagerness and admiration during the interregnum and after. Editions of Fragmenta aurea, the best and most important collection, were published in 1646, 1648, and 1658; and The Last Remains of Sir John Suckling appeared in 1659. His stature as a poet--and literary arbiter deliciarum--was at its highest during the Restoration... Suckling has been called a 'Son of Ben,' which he was not. He is nearer Donne and Shakespeare. But his verse and dramatic dialogue are sui generis, virtual court and country conversation...His commendatory poems abound in sociability and wit. Then as now the quintessentially characteristic 'Constant Lover' ('Out upon it, I have lov'd / Three whole days together') and 'Why so pale and wan, fond lover?' were favourites of all who read and the many who copied them." [Oxford DNB]

    There are several variants of this edition but Wing does not distinguish among them, however the ESTC does distinguish this printing by its contents and errors in pagination.

    This edition contains: Poems, &c.', 'Letters to divers eminent personages', 'An account of religion by reason', 'Aglaura. Presented at the private-house in Black Fryers', 'Aglaura. Represented at the court', 'The goblins' and 'Brennoralt' each have separate dated titlepage; register is continuous; 'Letters' with continuous text despite the pagination break; 'Aglaura. Presented at the private-house.' with separate pagination of 64,[1]p.; 'Aglaura. Represented at the private-house' and 'the goblins' bear no pagination, and the pagination of 'Brennoralt' begins on sig. T1 with p. 145.

    "In the first pagination section, pp. 59 and 133 misnumbered 56 and 134 respectively; in the second p. 45 misnumbered 54; and in the third p. 157 misnumbered 147. Sig. X8 is a blank leaf."  [ESTC]      ESTC r217428. Wing S6128. Wither to Prior 829. Pforzheimer 998. Greg, III, p. 1132-3.

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