London, England: Nicholas and Iohn Okes, 1635. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto, Polished calf boards, double-ruled in gilt. 6 3/4" x 5.". 26 unpaginated leaves [A2-G3]. Missing leaves A1 (woodcut of royal arms) and G4 (blank page). Rebound pamphlet in 19th c. binding. Edges trimmed close to text; shaved marginal text of leaf 8v. Tanned pages throughout with sharp print. Remarkably clean copy. (ESTC S106071). Good plus fine. Item #80546
This slim quarto offers a genealogy of the Plantagenets and an adaptation of George Buck's (1560-1622) allegorical poem, Daphnis Polystephanos: an Eclog Treating of Crownes, and of Garlandes, originally written in 1602. It is likely that his nephew, also named George Buck, wrote the dedication and preface; he also made substantial rewrites to the original poem. The allegorical poem celebrates the illustrious history of the Plantagenets line, from the Magna Carta to the defeat of King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field, 1485. George Buck, the original author of the poem, was a scholar and historian of British history. He served as "Master of The Revels" to James I (b. 1567, d. 1625). As such, he was responsible for licensing and plays, including Shakespeare's. (ODNB) Further note:
Rare Book Hub lists what we believe is this same copy as having been offered in the William Salloch catalogue both in 1979 and 1983, with this description: "26 (of 28) leaves, lacks leaf A8 with the woodcut of the royal arms and G4, a blank; the text is complete. 4to, contemporary polished calf. An allegorical poem ascribed to Sir George Buc (d. 1623). The poem was first published in 1602 as 'Daphinis Polystephanos. An Eclog treating of Crownes and Garlandes,' an explanation of the properties of trees. In an address to James I, the author tells of the misfortunes of his family, partisans of Richard III who lost everything after his fall from power. This 1635 edition has so many changes and revisions that it is doubtful that it is written by the same author. STC 3997; Grolier Club, From Wither to Prior, no. 114."