[Fidelia and Spiranza.]
[London: J. Boydell, 1778.]
Mezzotint, proof before all letters, uncleaned title area, 610 x 435mm. 24 x 17". Tatty and chipped margins. One tear into image at left.
Illustration of Edmund Spenser's (1552? - 1599) epic poem 'The Faerie Queene'. Two sisters descending steps, Fidelia at left in a white dress, a chalice from which a serpent emerges in her left hand and a large volume under her right arm. Through the arch at left Una, wife of Finnbheara, king of the Irish fairies, approaches on a donkey; a knight in armour on horseback rides alongside her. After Benjamin West (1738 - 1820).
Chaloner Smith 160. Whitman: 207, unrecorded proof state. Ex: Collection of The Hon. C. Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 14754] £460.00