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Howard the Duck; Universal 1986

SKU: Howard, Henry AB030311-063 $59.95
The Poems of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey published by William Pickering, London in 1831. Tissue protected, engraved frontispiece portrait of Howard by H. Robinson with facsimile signature. Pub. colophon on title page. Printed by C. Wittingham, Tooks Court, London. Tan calfaTM s leather boards with single-rule border front and back. Six compartment spine with raised bands, stamped aEarl of Surreya┬Ł in title block. Rule-lines and scrolling in gilt. Marble pastedowns, endpapers and edges around. Shelf-wear along hinge line front and back. 3 cm. scuff at bottom fore-edge corner to front board. Decorative stamped edges to both boards around. Minor shelf-wear to head and foot of spine. 188 off-white pages without foxing, spotting, tear or loss. Text is complete. Binding is tight. No marks or inscriptions. Volume measures: 10.5 cm. x 16.8 cm. (18mo.). A rare volume in excellent condition. Sir Henry Howard, 3rd Earl of Surrey KG, Earl Marshal (1517 a'' 19 January 1547) was an English aristocrat, and one of the founders of English Renaissance poetry. Life He was born in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, England, the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his second wife, Lady Elizabeth Stafford (daughter of Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham), so he was descended from kings on both sides of his family tree. He was reared at Windsor with Henry VIII's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy Duke of Richmond, and they became close friends and, later, brothers-in-law. He became Earl of Surrey in 1524 when his grandfather died and his father became Duke of Norfolk. Literary activity and legacy He and his friend Sir Thomas Wyatt were the first English poets to write in the sonnet form that Shakespeare later used, and Henry was the first English poet to publish blank verse in his translation of the second and fourth books of Virgil's Aeneid. Together, Wyatt and Surrey, due to their excellent translations of Petrarch's sonnets, are known as "Fathers of the English Sonnet." While Wyatt introduced the sonnet into English, it was Surrey who gave them the rhyming meter and the division into quatrains that now characterizes the sonnets variously named English, Elizabethan or Shakespearean sonnets. Death and burial He was imprisoned with his father by Henry VIII, who, consumed by paranoia, was convinced that Henry Howard had planned to usurp the crown from his son Edward. He was sentenced to death on 13 January 1547, and beheaded for treason on 19 January 1547 (his father was saved from execution only by its being set for the day after Henry happened to die). His son Thomas became heir to the Dukedom of Norfolk instead, inheriting it on the 3rd Duke's death in 1554. He is buried in a spectacular painted alabaster tomb at St Michael the Archangel, Framlingham. Marriage and issue He married Lady Frances de Vere, the daughter of John de Vere, 15th Earl of Oxford and Elizabeth Trussell, Countess of Oxford. They had five children: Jane Howard Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk (10 March 1536 a'' 2 June 1572 married (1) Mary FitzAlan (2) Margaret Audley (3) Elizabeth Leyburne Margaret Howard, married Henry Scrope, 9th Baron Scrope of Bolton Henry Howard, 1st Earl of Northampton Catherine Howard, married Henry Berkeley, 7th Baron Berkeley, by whom s