London: Noel Douglas, 1927. Small octavo, measuring 5 x 3 inches: . Original publisher’s vellum lettered in gilt, text block uncut and partially unopened. Vignettes on both title pages, decorative headpieces and tailpieces. Bookplate of George B. Cluett to front free endpaper.
Limited edition of this fine press facsimile, number 40 of 100 on handmade rag paper, a replica of William Ponsonby’s first printing of 1595, reproduced from the copy in the British Museum. Spenser’s sonnet cycle Amoretti follows the courtship of the poet and a lady with a “twinkle” in her eye, inspired by Spenser’s second wife, Elizabeth Boyle: “But when I pleade, she bids me play my part, / and when I weep, she sayes teares are but water: / and when I sigh, she sayes I know the art, / and when I waile she turns her selfe to laughter” (Sonnet XVIII). The volume concludes with Epithalamion, Spenser’s ode to his bride on their wedding day: “Set all your things in seemely good aray / Fit for so joyfull day, / The joyfulst day that ever sunne did see.” A fine copy.