THE WORKS OF SIR JOHN SUCKLING. CONTAINING HIS POEMS, LETTERS, AND PLAYS.

(London: Printed for T. Davies, 1720). 162 x 100 mm. (6 3/8 x 3 7/8"). Two volumes.

VERY PRETTY CONTEMPORARY SPRINKLED CALF, GILT, covers with gilt rule border, raised bands, spines gilt in compartments with large floral centerpiece, leafy cornerpieces, one red and one green morocco label, gilt-rolled turn-ins, marbled endpapers. Joints very lightly rubbed, small white stain to head of one board, gilt near head of one spine a little rubbed, otherwise A VERY FINE COPY, quite clean, fresh, and bright internally, and in lustrous bindings with few signs of use.

This is an attractively bound set containing all of the significant works of Suckling (1609-42), a dashing Cavalier, ladies' man, and gambler (he is said to have been the inventor of cribbage). Although he raised a troop to support the king in the First Bishops' War, he was accused of treason in a plot to free the Earl of Stafford, and he apparently committed suicide as a result. Although his poetry is not profound, he writes well-crafted short colloquial stanzas, and as a careless and impudent light lyricist, gaily pursuing women and never letting himself get caught, he is extremely good. In addition to his poems, the present collection contains, among other things, Suckling's letters to important personages as well as three dramatic works.
(ST14088)