A collection of all the incomparable peeces, written by Sir John Suckling. And published by a friend to perpetuate his memory. Printed by his owne copies.
Second edition of the famed Cavalier poet's posthumously published collection of poems and other writings. Suckling was a prominent figure in the court of King Charles I in the early 17th century, and his work was highly regarded by his contemporaries. Renowned for his careless gaiety and wit, he is also known as the inventor of cribbage. "Fragmenta Aurea" was first published posthumously in 1646, five years after Suckling's death, and it contains some of the finest examples of Cavalier poetry.
London: Printed [by Ruth Raworth and Thomas Walkley] for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his shop, at the signe of the Princes Armes in St Pauls Churchyard, 1648. Bound in dark morocco, with gilt stamped decorations to covers and spine, raised bands and label to spine; marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece by William Marshall, pp. (vii), 119, , (v), 82, 64, (iv), 52. 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.
Covers show some shelfwear and rubbing, corners worn, adhesive removed front front pastedown, contemporary inscription to first blank with erased writing opposite, a bit of loss to a few pages, else internally quite clean. Scarce.