The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
Volume III. Renascence and Reformation.

XI. The Poetry of Spenser


[Bibliography by Miss Lillian Winstanley, M.A.]


Noot, J. van der. A Theatre … Voluptuous Worldlings. (With sonnets translated from the Sonnets of Petrarch and the Visions of Du Bellay by E. Spenser.) 1569.


The Shepheardes Calender. Conteyning twelve Aeglogues proportionable to the twelve monethes. Entitled to the Noble and Vertuous Gentleman.… M. Philip Sidney. Printed by Hugh Singleton, 1579. Second Edition. Printed by John Wolfe for John Harrison the younger, 1581, 1586. Later eds. 1591, 1597, 1611.

Latin Translation: (Calendarium Pastorale Sive Aeglogue Duodecim, Totidem Anni Mensibus accomodatae; Anglice olim Scriptae ab Edmundo Spenser, Anglorum Poetarum Principe; Nunc autem Eleganti Latino Carmine donatae a Theodoro Bathurst. Johanne Ball, Editore.) 1653.

The Shepheardes Calender … photographic facsimile of 1579 edition. Ed. Sommer, H. O. 1890.

The Shepheardes Calender. Ed. Herford, C. H. 1895.

Articles: Lancashire Dialect Words and Phrases from the Works of Spenser, etc., Grosart, vol. 1; Pastoral Poetry, etc., Grosart, vol. III.


Bks 1, II, III. The Faerie Queene Disposed into twelve books fashioning XII Morall Virtues. Printed by Ponsonbye. Entered Dec. 1589. Edition dated 1590.

Second Edition of first Three Books. 1596.

Bks IV, V, VI. The second part of the Faerie Queene. Containing the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Books. Printed by Ponsonbye. 1596.

Folio Edition. Printed by H. L. for Mathew Lownes. 1609. Includes: Two Cantos of Mutabilitie: Which both for Forme and Matter, appeare to be parcell of some following Booke of the Faerie Queene, under the Legend of Constancie. Never before imprinted.

Faerie Queene. Ed. Wise, T. J. Illustrations by Walter Crane. 1894. Ed. Hales, J. W. Pictured by L. Fairfax-Muckley. 3 vols. 1897.

The Faerie Queene.… Edited from the original editions of 1590–6. Warren, K. M. 1897–1900.


Muiopotmos or The Fate of the Butterflie. William Ponsonbye, 1590.

Complaints. Containing sundrie small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie, by Ed. Sp. Ponsonbie, 1591. (Includes The Ruines of Time; The Teares of the Muses; Virgil’s Gnat; Prosopopoia or Mother Hubberd’s Tale; The Ruines of Rome by Bellay; Muiopotmos or the Fate of the Butterflie: Visions of the World’s Vanitie; Bellay’s Visions; Petrarch’s Visions.) Second edition, 1596.

Amoretti and Epithalamiom. Written not long since by Edmund Spenser Ponsonby, 1595.

Colin Clouts Come Home Againe. Ponsonbie, 1595. (Including also An Elegie or friend’s passion for his Astrophill. Written upon the death of the right Honourable Sir Phillip Sidney Knight, Lord governour of Flushing, and also The Mourning Muse of Thestylis. A pastorall Aeglogue upon the death of Sir Phillip Sidney, Knight.)

Prothalamion or a Spousall Verse made by Edm: Spenser. In Honour of the double marriage of … the Ladie Elizabeth and the Ladie Katharine Somerset etc. William Ponsonby, 1596.

Fowre Hymnes made by Edm: Spenser. William Ponsonby, 1596. (Includes also Daphnaida. An Elegie upon the Death of the Noble and Vertuous Douglas Howard.…) Ed. Winstanley, L. Cambridge, 1907.


A View of the state of Ireland, written dialogue-wise betweene Eudoxus and Irenaeus by Edmund Spenser Esq. in 1596. Pub: by Ware, J., in the Historie of Ireland, 1633. Later eds. 1763, 1809 (Ancient Irish Histories). Also in Globe edition.

Letters to Gabriel Harvey. Three Proper and wittie, familiar Letters: lately passed betweene two Universitie men: touching the Earthquake in Aprill last, and our English refourmed Versifying. With the Preface of a well willer to them both. 1580.

Two other very commendable Letters, of the same mens writing: both touching the foresaid Artificiall Versifying, and certain other Particulars: More lately delivered unto the Printer. [Design: charitas.] Imprinted at London, by H. Bynneman, dwelling in Thames Streate, neere unto Baynardes Castell. Anno Domini, 1580.

See also the Letter Book of Gabriel Harvey, Camden Society, 1884.


The Second Folio, including the Shepheardes Calender and other works, and differing in many respects from the First Folio. 1611. Other editions 1617–8 (see B.M. copy with notes by Warton, T.); 1679; ed. Hughes, J., 6 vols., 1715; 8 vols., 1778 (Bell’s Poets of Great Britain); 1792 (Anderson’s Poets of Great Britain); 6 vols., 1802 (first vol. of Aikin’s edition of Johnson’s British Poets); with the principal illustrations of various commentators, ed. by Todd, H. J., 8 vols., 1805, vol. II includes: Hughes’s Essay on Allegorical Poetry, Hughes’s Remarks on the Faerie Queene, Spence’s Dissertation on the Defects of Spenser’s Allegory, Warton’s Remarks on the Plan and Conduct of the Faerie Queene, Warton’s Remarks on Spenser’s Imitations from Old Romances, Warton’s Remarks on Spenser’s Allegorical Character, Editor’s Remarks on Spenser’s Stanza, Versification and Language, Upton’s Remarks on the Action and History of the Faerie Queene, Hurd’s Remarks on the Plan and Conduct of the Faerie Queene; in Chalmers’s Poets, 1810, vol. III includes a Life of Spenser by Chalmers; in Aldine edition, Life by J. Mitford, 1839; Works, ed. by Gilfillan, 1859; Works, ed. by Collier, J. P., 1862.

Globe edition. Ed. from the original editions and MSS. by Morris, R. With a memoir by Hales, J. W. 1869 ff. Revised ed., 1897 ff.

Works. Ed. by Grosart, A. B. 1882–4. Vol. 1 includes a Life of Spenser by the editor, also essays: Characteristics of Spenser’s Poetry, by Aubrey de Vere. Spenser the Poet and Teacher, by Dowden, E. Certain Aspects of the Poetry of Spenser, by Philpot, W. B. The Introspection and Outlook of Spenser, by William Hubbard. Also Appendixes: Entries Concerning Spenser from Burnley Church Register. Dialect Words. Friendship with Sir Philip Sidney, etc. Vol. III includes An Examination of earlier, contemporary and later English Pastoral Poetry, by Gosse, E. W. Rider on the same (the editor). Who were Rosalinde and Menacals, etc.? Notices of Edward Kirke, etc. Of the Minor Poems of Spenser, by Palgrave, F. T.


Brittain’s Ida. Written by … Edmond Spenser. Walkley, 1628. (See Giles and Phineas Fletcher’s Works, vol. II, ed. Boas, F. S., Cambridge, 1909.)


Bryskett, Lodowick (fl. 1571–1611). His Discourse of Civill Life, translated from the Italian of Baptista Giraldo, was published in 1606, though written much earlier. It is in the introduction to this book that the famous passage concerning The Faerie Queene appears.

Carpenter, F. I. Outline Guide to the Study of Spenser. Chicago, 1894.

Church, R. W. Life of Spenser. English Men of Letters. 1879.

—— Spenser. T. H. Ward’s Poets, vol. 1. 1880 ff.

Courthope, W. J. The Genius of Spenser. 1868.

—— History of English Poetry. Vol. II, Chap. IX. 1897.

Craik, L. Spenser and his Poetry. 3 vols. 1845.

De Vere, A. Essays chiefly on Poetry. 2 vols. 1888.

Dodge, R. E. N. Spenser’s Imitations from Ariosto. Mod. Lang. Ass., 1897, vol. XII.

Dowden, E. Spenser, the Poet and Teacher; Heroines of Spenser. Transcripts and Studies. 1888.

Elton, O. Modern Studies. 1907.

Fleay, F. G. Guide to Chaucer and Spenser. 1877.

Grosart, A. B. Who Wrote Brittain’s Ida? 1869.

Hales, J. W. Folia Litteraria. 1893.

Harrison, J. S. Platonism in English Poetry. 1903.

Hazlitt, W. Chaucer and Spenser. The English Poets. 1818.

Hunt, Leigh. Imagination and Fancy. 1844.

Hunter, W. An Anglo-Saxon Grammar with … an analysis of the style of … Spenser. 1832.

Koeppel. E. Visions of Petrarch and Visions of Bellay. E. Stud. XV.

Landor, W. S. Citation and Examination of William Shakespeare … to which is added a Conference of Master Edmund Spenser … with the Earl of Essex touching the state of Ireland. 1834.

—— Imaginary Conversations: Essex and Spenser. 1834.

Lowell, J. R. Spenser. English Poets. 1888.

Mantuan (Ioannes Baptista Spagnuoli). Opera. 1504.

Morley, H. English Writers. Vol. IX. 1892.

Pacheu, J. De Dante à Verlaine … Spenser, etc. Paris, 1897.

Page, T. Spenser and Shakespeare. 1894.

Riedner, W. Spenser’s Belesenheit. 1 Teil. Munchener Beitr. z. rom. u. engl. Phil. XXXVIII. Leipzig, 1907.

Ruskin, J. The Stones of Venice. 1851 ff.

Saintsbury, G. A History of English Prosody. Vol. 1, chap. V. 1906.

Sannazaro, J. Opera omnia, 1535. Sonetti e Canzoni, 1530. [See also Greswell, W. P., Mems. of A. Politianus, Picus of Mirandola, A. S. Sannazarius, P. Bembus, etc. 2nd ed. Manchester, 1805.]

Sawtelle, A. E. Sources of Spenser’s Classical Mythology. Boston, 1896.

Walther, M. Malory’s Einfluss auf Spenser’s Faerie Queene. Eisleben, 1898.

Willisius, J. De lingua Spenseriana ejusque fontibus. 1848.

[For further bibliography see Hales, J. W. and Lee, S., in D. of N. B.]

[A list of dissertations on Spenser will be found in Körting’s Grundriss, pp. 273 ff.]