London: Printed by H[umphrey] L[ownes] for Mathew Lownes, 1611-1613 (i.e. 1615?). First Collected Edition. Folio in 6s (278 x 180 mm). COMPLETE. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in 20th century brown morocco, a.e.g. (corners a bit bumped, rubbing to joints). Outer margins of title-page and and A1 neatly repaired and restored, title a little creased with small blank portion torn away along upper margin, title-page and first and last leaves spotted (not objectionably), several leaves with neat repairs and restorations to margins, X6 repaired affecting tail-piece with part supplied by hand, very occasional light browning, the odd spot or small rust hole. Faint, early inscription on A2 washed out: "Catherine [...] Her book." Very good. Item #3343
First collected edition of Spenser's works, third issue (likely published in 1615) containing the satirical "Mother Hubberd's Tale" not included in the first issue.
In 1933, F.R. Johnson showed that independent elements of the composite volume were reset and reprinted on demand, as constituent stocks were sold. The seven separate elements of the present publishing effort are: title page and dedication; Books I to III of The Faerie Queene; Books IV to VI of The Faerie Queene with the Cantos of Mutabilitie; the letter to Ralegh, with commendatory and dedicatory poems; The Shepheardes Calender; Prosopopoeia or Mother Hubberds Tale; and the rest of the shorter poems) -- see Johnson, Critical Bibliography of the Works of Edmund Spenser, pp. 33-48.
With points: title to "The Second Part of the Faerie Queene" dated 1613 commencing with sig. [R] and the colophon dated "16012" (sic); "The Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale" dated 1612 and comprised of one gathering of eight leaves signed "A."
The publication of Spenser's collected works is bibliographically complex: "In no case were these editions printed as a unit. Instead, they were made up by issuing as a single volume a number of separate sections" (Johnson, 19). The first collected edition of Spenser's works was issued by Matthew Lownes in 1611 and 1613, and was produced by cancelling the title of the unsold copies of the 1609 Faerie Queen, adding a new single unsigned sheet comprising a general title and dedication leaf, and appending 1611 editions of the remaining parts.
The text of Part 1 of the Faerie Queen, while still dated 1611, was entirely reset (possibly in 1615 as conjectured by STC) with points: B3r stanza 1 begins "Young Knight." Title-page of Part 2 is dated 1613 and R3r catchword reads "And".
Our copy is bound like the Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign Cr. Harris, Esq. copy, namely: fols. A2-5 containing, i.a., the Dedication to Gabriel Harvey, is bound following the title-page of the Shepheards Calendar. Also, the 8-leaf gathering signed [para] containing, i.a., the "Letter of the Authors expounding his whole Intention in the course of this Worke" [to Sir Walter Raleigh] is bound in at end of the volume (in our copy the final blank leaf [para]8 is supplied); this gathering belongs to the issue with the first line of text ending "Alle-" [ESTC S123123].
STC 23084; Pforzheimer 973.