The Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume I (page 1/2)

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Images from The Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume I edited by Professer W. L. Renwick, printed at the Shakespeare Head Press in St Aldates Oxford and published for the press by Basil Blackwell in 1930.

in particular, I have scanned the headings from The Shepherd’s Calender (or, as Spenser put it, The Shepheardes Calender).

The decorations were designed and engraved on wood by Hilda Quick, and those in The Shepheardes Calender were based on the woodcuts in the original editions printed in quarto by Hugh Singleton in 1579. The initial letters and the letterings for the title-page and headings were engraved by Hilda Quick from designs by Joscelyne Gaskin.

I am not happy with the way the colours are coming out, and may redo them: the blue is too dark and the yellow too orange.

The illustrations are still in copyright and may not be used commercially. The decorations and initials are out of copyright and I have marked them accordingly.

There is also a Hilda Quick Website.

Title: The Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume I

Author: Renwick, Professer W. L.

Published by: The Shakespeare Head Press

City: Oxford

Date: 1930

Total items: 9

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Some sample images

[picture: Roundel with stylized blue flowers]

Roundel with stylized blue flowers

This roundel, or circular wreath illustration, was made as a typographical decoration for the end of one of Spenser’s sonnets. It features flowers with blue petals, perhaps meant to be [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: March]

March

March from The Shepheardes Calendar. Two shepherd’s boys begin to “make purpos of love and other plesaunce, which to springtime is most agreeable.” We see the two boys standing talking, and also Cupid. In the sky is the zodiac symbol for Aries, the ram. There also appears to be a naked [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: May]

May

May from The Shepheardes Calendar, showing two shepherds, Piers and Palinodie, represented as as a Protestant and a Catholic minister. In the sky we see the zodiac sign for Gemini, together with the twins. [more...] [$]

[picture: January]

January

January from The Shepheardes Calendar. The shepherd’s boy, Colin Cloute, is shown with a staff (properly called a crook). We also see a distant town with the spires of a cathedral or of churches, and the Zodiac sign for Aquarias. [more...] [$]

[picture: A Shepherd Boy (page image)]

A Shepherd Boy (page image)

The start of the first Æglogue (page 11), showing the decorative initial and the page layout. [$]


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Images from The Works of Edmund Spenser, Volume I edited by Professer W. L. Renwick, printed at the Shakespeare Head Press in St Aldates Oxford and published for the press by Basil Blackwell in 1930.

in particular, I have scanned the headings from The Shepherd’s Calender (or, as Spenser put it, The Shepheardes Calender).

The decorations were designed and engraved on wood by Hilda Quick, and those in The Shepheardes Calender were based on the woodcuts in the original editions printed in quarto by Hugh Singleton in 1579. The initial letters and the letterings for the title-page and headings were engraved by Hilda Quick from designs by Joscelyne Gaskin.

I am not happy with the way the colours are coming out, and may redo them: the blue is too dark and the yellow too orange.

The illustrations are still in copyright and may not be used commercially. The decorations and initials are out of copyright and I have marked them accordingly.

There is also a Hilda Quick Website.


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