HOWARD, Henry. The Original Poems of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey. London: The Aquila Press, 1929.
8vo., full calf binding, with gilt crest to upper board and gilt direct to spine; upper edge gilt, else untrimmed; pp. [viii], 96, [viii]; many pages unopened, light sunning to spine, corners a touch bumped and endpapers slightly browned; otherwise a lovely example.
Limited to 250 copies. This copy 99. A collection of 45 poems, and a glossary of terms.
Henry Howard was an English nobleman, politician and poet. He was one of the founders of English Renaissance poetry and was the last known person executed at the instance of King Henry VIII, despite being the first cousin of both Queen Anne Boleyn and Queen Catherine Howard, the King's second and fifth wives.
Howard took a prominent part in the court life of the time, and served as a soldier both in France and Scotland. He was known to have a reckless temper, though his poetry has a mellow and agreeable tone. His many quarrels finally brought upon him the wrath of the ageing and embittered Henry VIII. He was arrested, tried for treason and beheaded on Tower Hill.
"The happy life be these, I find:
The riches left, not got with pain,
The fruitful ground; the quiet mind;
The equal friend; no grudge, no strife;
No charge of rule nor governance;
Without disease the healthy life;
The household of continuance…"