Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene

SPENCER, Edmund. Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene. London: The Folio Society, 2011.

Three hardback cream goat-skin volumes in a silk-bound wooden boxed-set. Condition: near fine. This edition was reproduced from a copy of the first edition on Corolla Classic watermarked laid paper and bound by Lachenmaier in full Nigerian goatskin blocked with a design based on Walter Crane’s original. The tops of the page edges are also sprayed in gilt. It is a facsimile of an edition edited by Thomas J. Wise and illustrated by Walter Crane, and printed by Charles Whittingham & Co. at The Chiswick Press for the publisher George Allen between 1894-7. It was originally issued in unbound fasicules so that collectors might have their volumes bound to suit their tastes.

This edition consisted of 1,000 numbered copies for sale to members of the Folio Society. This is copy number 476. Please note that this item is for UK DELIVERY ONLY.



Edmund Spenser



Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene Synopsis

The Faerie Queene is an English epic poem by Edmund Spenser. Books I–III were first published in 1590, then republished in 1596 together with books IV–VI. It is one of the longest poems in the English language.

Spenser presented the first three books of The Faerie Queene to Elizabeth I in 1589, probably sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh. The poem was a clear effort to gain court favour, and as a reward Elizabeth granted Spenser a pension for life amounting to £50 a year, though there is no further evidence that Elizabeth I ever read any of the poem. This royal patronage elevated the poem to a level of success that made it Spenser’s defining work.

Please contact us if you would like more details or to see more images of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene.

About Edmund Spenser

Edmund Spenser (1552/1553 – 13 January 1599) was an English poet best known for The Faerie Queene, an epic poem and fantastical allegory celebrating the Tudor dynasty and Elizabeth I. He is often considered one of the greatest poets in the English language.

Why buy Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene from Daker Books?

Daker Books is an independent bookshop in the village of Kibworth, south Leicestershire, specialising in rare and collectable treasures, signed copies, pre-loved and beautiful editions. We have a large collection of Folio Society books too. We pride ourselves on our friendly, professional service and place customer relations and environmental sustainability at the heart of business.

Come and meet the books in person in our cosy, newly-renovated bookshop, or we can mail out any orders under £150 within the UK for just £4 postage and packing, or for free on orders over £150. We can gladly post books out to anywhere overseas too; please see our Delivery Options for more details.

If you also like brand new books, check out our sister bookshop Kibworth Books.

Folio Society books

Click here to discover other Folio Society books.


Additional information


Edmund Spenser


Thomas J. Wise


Hardbacks in slipcase


Walter Crane




The Folio Society