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    First Edition, First State of Suckling's Fragmenta Aurea in a Beautiful Riviere Binding

    John Suckling. FRAGMENTA AUREA. A Collection of all The Incomparable Peeces, Written By Sir JOHN SUCKLING. And published by a Friend to perpetuate his memory. London: [Ruth Raworth and Thomas Walkey for] Humphrey Moseley, 1646. First edition, first state with the first two words of the title in upper case. Octavo. Four parts in one volume. A4, [2]A-G8, H4, [3]A-G8, F4, [4]A-D8, [5]A-C8, D4.[8], 119, [1], [6], 82, 64, [4], 52 pages. Portrait of Suckling by William Marshall, second state? Late 19th century Rose levant morocco with filigree lozenge centerpiece on covers by Riviere, spine slightly faded, some foxing on portrait. With the bookplates of Templeton Crocker and Paul Francis Webster [Sotheby's April 24,1985,lot 86]. 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] Wing S6126. ESTC r15688. Wither to Prior 827. Hayward 84. Pforzheimer 996. Tinker 2000 (var. title).



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