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Lyly, John,
Euphues and Lucilla: or the false Friend and inconstant Mistress (London: J. Noon/ T. Sharpey, 1716).

Euphues and Lucilla:| OR THE| False Friend and Inconstant Mistress.| To which is added,| EPHOEBUS;| OR| Instructions for the Edu-|cation of Youth.| WITH| LETTERS| UPON| Death, Banishment, and the Vices| of COURTIERS and STUDENTS.| [rule]| Written Originally by John Lyly, M.A. in| the Reign of Queen Elizabeth; and now revis'd,| and render'd into Modern English, to make it of| more general Use to the Publick.| [rule]| I present you a Lilly growing in a Grove of Lawrels: For this Poet| sate at the Sun's Table: Apollo gave him a Wreath of his own| Bays, without snatching. The Lyre he play'd on, had no bor-|row'd Strings. Blount's Dedicat. to Lyly's Plays.| [rule]| LONDON;| Printed; and Sold by J. Noon, and T. Sharpey,| at the White-Hart in Cheapside. Mdccxvi.


[p.128-137 skipped] titlepage/ [p.i-iv] Bl.Ar-A2v dedication: Lord de la Warre [descendant of the second person mentioned in the dedication]/ [p.v-viii] Bl.A3r-A4v preface/ [p.ix-xiii] dedication: William West, Lord de la Warre; signed: Iohn Lyly/ [p.xiv-xvi] Bl.a3v-a4v dedication: "To my very good Friends, the Gentlemen Schollers of Oxford"; signed: John Lyly/ [p.xvii-xviii] "To the Gentlemen Readers"/ p.1-128, 137-46/ small-4to.


{O: Douce.L.59} {Oma: MAGD J.Lyly 4}.

Bibliographical Reference

ESTC: t191436.

History of Publication

Cf. A. Esdaile (1912), p.93-96 source of the first part a modernisation of: Lyly, John, Euphues. The Anatomy of Wit (1578).link


Euphues in sinful Naples flees the old man who offers him education and guidance. He contrives an affair with Philatus', his friend's, love, the inconstant Lucilla - which ultimately strengthens the male friendship. Before leavint to Athens for further studies he leaves a treatise on love (p.66-78) and (p.79-112) one entitled "Ephoebus" on education behind him. He has become a philosopher giving public lectures, when the Author's call reaches him, to stand up to his noble condition and propagate theology rather than philosophy. Letters by the convert (p.115-46) follow. The table of contents gives access to the teachings scattered over the text. Marked by a stylistic movement from witty dialogues to treatises handling classical learning reaching ultimately the preacher's tone.