DuBartas

The Divine Weeks and Works of Guillaume de Salluste du Bartas, The first weeke: or birth of the world.  Humfry Lownes, London. 1605. Condition: Very Good.

Over 400 years old in a sturdy leather binding with blind stamped decorations. Translated by Josuah Sylvester, this 1605 folio edition contains The Divine Weeks and Works (715 pp), together with Sylvester’s Posthumous Bartas: The Third Day of His Second Week (154 pp).  After the title page, there are Inscripto and Corona Dedicatoria sections, including 11 pages showing vertical columns with Muse names, a page cataloging the order of the Bookes, a triangular dedication to Sydney, followed by 11 pages of additional dedications and commendations.  Pages 1-270 consist of the First Week, pages 271-498 are the Second Week, and pages 499-715 are The Fragments.  This is followed by Sylvester’s 1606 Posthumus Bartas I (The Third Day of His Second Week), consisting of the four sections entitled The Vocation, The Fathers, The Laws, and The Captain, totaling 154 pp. The last 2 pages of The Captain appear to be on thinner paper, using a different font (italics w wider kerning, see the left and right pages shown in photo 5 below for comparison of fonts, and also final page of book, photo 6). Scuffing and some wear at edges. Strong binding and tight hinges. Raised bars on spine with stamped decorations. Old English writing on front and back end papers. Small tear on front end paper. Some staining and bleed through inside. A few turned corners.