London: John W. Parker and Son, 1856. Small octavo, contemporary three-quarter green morocco gilt, marbled boards and endpapers, ribbon marker. Small bookseller ticket. Item #10083
A lovely nineteenth-century edition of some of the greatest Renaissance lyrics, edited by Robert Bell. Drawing on the 1616 and 1640 folios of Jonson's work, this collection includes "To John Donne," "On My First Son," "To Penshurst," "To Celia," and "A Celebration of Charis": "If you then will read the story, / First, prepare you to be sorry, / That you never knew till now, / Either whom to love, or how: / But be glad, as soon with me, / When you know that this is she, / Of whose beauty it was sung, / She shall make the old man young." A fine copy.