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A collection of emblemes, ancient and moderne: quickened vvith metricall illustrations, both morall and divine: and disposed into lotteries, that instruction, and good counsell, may bee furthered by an honest and pleasant recreation. By George VVither. The first booke.

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    SR OS 95.2/WIT

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    [20], 62, [6], 63-124, [6], 135-196, [6], 209-270, [10] pages : illustrations (metal cuts, woodcut) ; 2°.

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

General note: In verse. Printer's name from STC. The emblems are printed from plates originally engraved by Crispijn van de Passe the elder for "Nucleus emblematorum" by Gabriel Rollenhagen (STC). With an additional title page, engraved, "Emblemes. Illustrated by Geo. Wither.", signed: VVill: Marshall· sculp:. The first leaf bears "A preposition to this frontispiece". The second (I4r), third (S4r), and fourth (2D4r) books each have a separate title page dated 1634; pagination and register are continuous. The last leaf bears two woodcut dials each with a movable pointer fixed in the center. Includes index. One of five imprint variants of this edition UK-SuSCL Signatures: [pi]4 [superscript pi]*² A-I4 K² L-S4 *² V-2D4 [superscript chi]*² 2F-2O4. [superscript pi]*1 mis-signed *3 MS. ink notes (quotations from poems) on first free endpaper, dated 1788 UK-SuSCL Cited in: STC (2nd ed.), 25900b Format of surrogate: Microfilm. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1968. 1 microfilm reel; 35 mm (Early English books, 1475-1640; 1161:13). Ownership and custodial history: Purchased 20 Jul 1955 from Mr Baynes, Upton-on-Severn UK-SuSCL Binding Information: C19th full goat, gold-tooled borders and spine decoration UK-SuSCL London : Printed by A[ugustine]. M[athewes]. for Robert Milbourne, and are to be sold at the Gray-hound in Pauls Church-yard, MDCXXXV. [1635]