14 April 2004
Pathomachia: Or, the Battell of Affections. Shadowed by a Faigned Siedge of the Citie Pathopolis. Written some yeeres since, and now first published by a Friend of the deceassed Author. London: Printed by Thomas and Richard Coats for Francis Constable, 1630.
4o (174 x 129 mm). (Lacking first and final blanks, some spotting.) 19th-century calf, Earl of Bridgewater crest on sides (joints weak, some chips to spine). Provenance: Richard Heber; Bridgewater Library (binding and bookplate); Henry E. Huntington; John L. Clawson (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. The running title is "Loves Loade-Stone." At the time, partly due to James I's favor of the genre, allegorical plays became increasingly popular with college dramatists. Thomas Tomkis's Lingua (see lot 73) was the model on which most others were based, and Pathomachia makes direct references to that play. It deals with the revolt of the Affections against Love and Hatred, "whom heretofore they counted their King and Queene." Love and Hatred are aided by the Virtues, headed by Justice, while the rebels have the support of the Vices disguised as Affections or Virtues, and commanded by Pride. Justice, however, unmasks them, and sends them to confinement, whereupon the Affections tender their submission and are pardoned. The work is in prose throughout, and contains many allusions to recent events. Greg 434; STC 19462.
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