14 April 2004
[GUARINI, Giovanni Battista (1538-1612)]. Il Pastor Fido: or The Faithfull Shepheard. Translated from Italian into English [by a kinsman of Sir E. Dymoke, i.e. John Dymoke?]. London: Printed [by Thomas Creede] for Simon Waterson, 1602.
4o (167 x 121 mm). (Trimmed with loss of some headlines and last lines of text in the final gathering.) Early 19th-century vellum, sides panelled in dark brown ink, stamped floral ornament at each corner, endpapers watermarked 1802 (a bit soiled).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. Il Pastor Fido, and particularly this translation, greatly influenced the development of Stuart pastoral literature. As with the other seminal pastoral drama, Tasso's Aminta, Il Pastor Fido is essentially a Vergilian eclogue joined together into related scenes to form a tragicomedy. Greg 183; STC 12415.
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