Poems, By J.D. With Elegies on the Authors Death.
London: by M.F. for John Marriot, and are to be sold at his Shop, 1633; [with] Juvenilia, or certaine Paradoxes, and Problemes, written by J. Donne.
First edition of the principal collection of Donne’s poetical works, issued two years after his death, together with his Juvenilia. This copy has the two inserted leaves with “The Printer to the Understanders” and Hexastichon Bibliopolae, not always present, and has the leaf Nn1 in the earlier uncorrected state with 35 lines of text on p. 273 instead of 30 or 31, with omission of the usual running headline. The editor of this first edition evidently made use of more than one group of surviving manuscripts. While he made a number of minor changes on his own authority, the 1633 Poems remains the best early text of the most important of all metaphysical collections.
2 works bound in one, quarto (186 137 mm). Contemporary calf, skilfully rebacked and relined to style, covers with three-line blind rules, edges speckled red. Housed in a dark brown flat back cloth solander box. Skilful restoration to board edges, small spot of worm damage to lower cover, contents slightly toned, edges of last few leaves browned from turn-ins, an excellent copy.
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