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BLACKMORE, Richard. Prince Arthur. A Heroic Poem. In Ten Books. (FIRST EDITION - 1695)

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AUTHOR: BLACKMORE, Richard

TITLE: Prince Arthur. A Heroic Poem. In Ten Books.

PUBLISHER: London: for Awnsham & John Churchil, 1695.

DESCRIPTION: FIRST EDITION. 1 vol., folio, 12-3/4" x 8-3/8", (xx)296pp., including a page of publisher's ads after the preface but without the corrections and index found in the 2nd Edition. Bound in full contemporary paneled calf over cords, expertly rebacked, gilt lettered black morocco spine label.

CONDITION: Minor damp stain to foredge of last few leaves otherwise a VERY GOOD copy.

REFERENCE: Wing B3080

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: 'Prince Arthur' opens with Arthur's return to Britain to reclaim the crown, and culminates with the final single battle between Tollo and Arthur for control of the kingdom. Taken from Geoffrey, and modeled stylistically on Virgil ('I sing the Briton and his Righteous Arms'), Prince Arthur was a great favorite of King William.

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