Parthenissa, That Most Fam’d Romance. The Six Volumes Compleat. Composed by the Right Honourable The Earl of Orrery.

Publisher: London: Printed by T. N. for Henry Herringman, 1676.
Edition: First complete edition, preceded by a parts issue which was issued from 1651 to 1669.
Bibliographical References: Wing O-490; NCBEL II, 679.
Condition: Some light stains and foxing, mostly to the endpapers and prelims; very good copy.
Book ID: 26527


Folio, contemporary calf rebacked, red morocco label, gilt lettering.


A Restoration romance by the first Earl of Orrery with a plot somewhat typical of the period: platonic lovers and historical allegory in a classical setting, etc. Boyle was an Irishman (1621-79) who distinguished himself with Charles II and received the earldom of Orrery as his reward. In addition to this novel, he wrote poetry, plays and a Treatise on the Art of War (1667), and he was a friend of Katherine Philips and Margaret Cavendish. Evidence of contemporary readership by a woman: handsome armorial bookplate on the verso of the title-page of Mrs. Coke, "Cary Coke Wife of Edward Coke of Norfolk 1701." And on the front paste-down is the signature "C. Coke / 168/" and code "KsY" in the upper corner.

Price: $3,750.00

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