14 April 2004
[PETOWE, Henry (fl.1598-1612)]. Elizabetha quasi vivens, Eliza's Funerall. A fewe Aprill drops, showred on the Hearse of dead Eliza. Or The Funerall tears of a true hearted subject. By H.P. London: Printed by E. Allde for M. Lawe, 1603.
4o (202 x 154 mm). (Lacking A2 ?dedication [presumed cancelled by STC and Huntington].) Early 20th-century reddish-brown morocco gilt, Britwell Court arms on sides, top edge gilt, others uncut, by W. Pratt. Provenance: Lamport Hall, Isham Family; Britwell Court Library (binding and bookplate: "This volume discovered in 1867 at Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire. The seat of the Isham Family was added in 1893 to the Britwell Library"), by descent to; S.R. Christie Miller.
FIRST EDITION OF THIS VERY SCARCE ACCOUNT OF THE FUNERAL OF QUEEN ELIZABETH. Petowe was a London poetaster and great admirer of Marlowe. So great was his admiration that he attempted to continue Marlowe's poem in "The Second Part of Hero and Leander," 1598. Elizabetha quasi vivens is dedicated to Richard Hildersham. After its metrical "Induction" and the poem is included "the order and formall proceeding of the Funerall" which took place on the 28th of April 1603.
An accompanying typed letter from William Jackson notes: "I am really very happy to have seen this book again. There is only one other copy like it, viz. the Huntington copy, but that has the inner margin of the title repaired and is considerably cut. Yours is the real first edition, not the second as the STC has it [this error revised in the 1976 edition of STC]." Of the first edition, STC records only the imperfect copy at the Bodleian (quire B only), the Huntington copy, and the present. The second edition, partly reimposed, was also published in 1603. STC 19803.5.
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