An Important Shakespeare Source Book
BARCKLEY, Sir Richard, Knight. Discourse of the Felicitie of Man. Or His Summum Bonum. London: William Ponsonby , 1598.
First edition. Small quarto. [28], 618, [4] pp. Woodcut device on leaf facing title and on final leaf.

Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, later endpapers, morocco lettering piece, spine a bit rubbed, tiny worm hole at gutter near center, a few older, neat marginal ink annotations in the first few pages, occasional pencil notes or underlining. Bookplate of noted classical scholar and philologist, A.E. Housman, nineteenth-century signatures to (blank) recto of first leaf.

A rare and important work containing inspiration for three of Shakespeare's plays. A fine collection of amusing histories and small narratives; including the foundation of the Taming of the Shrew, pp. 23-26, Antony and Cleopatra, p. 46, and Pyramus and Thisbe, p. 52.

Jaggard, p. 15. Graesse ("Ouvrage tres amusant par les historiettes entremelées"). STC 1391.

HBS # 66434 $8,500