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    Sir 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: Printed for Humphrey Moseley, 1648.

    Second edition. Octavo. Contains Poems, &c. Written by Sir John Suckling, 119 pages; Aglaura, 82 pages; The Goblins, 64 pages; and Brennoralt. A Tragedy, 52 pages. With separate title-pages for each of the various poems and plays, all dated 1648. With a fine portrait of Suckling by William Marshall used as the frontispiece.

    Contemporary calf. Leather rubbed and slightly crazed, joints tender. Contents trimmed, tight, and clean save for some toning and scattered foxing. Ink annotation on the first title page, and remnants of former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown, else a very good copy.

    Sir John Suckling (1609-1642) was an English Cavalier poet, who in addition to his writing skills is the supposed inventor of the game of cribbage. His most significant contributions to English literature were published four years after his death in Fragmenta Aurea, which contained essentially all his writings, including his most famous piece "Ballad Upon a Wedding".


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