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DONNE, John.

Rare books by John Donne, including first editions and signed ephemera of his Poems. 
John Donne (1572–1631) was a metaphysical poet and Anglican clergyman. As a young man he studied at Oxford and was admitted to Lincoln’s Inn. Poetry was a fashionable pastime for young men of his social standing, and Donne became adept, writing a series of poems that were not intended for publication, but circulated among friends.

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  1. 128761
    First edition of Donne's first published book (though written after Biathanatos), an argument for conformity by English Catholics. A desirable copy with a rich provenance: from the Buxton family library at Shadwell Park, Norfolk, with book label dated 1842; subsequent collectors' book labels and plates of Clarence S. Bemens,... Learn More
    £35,000

    Stock Code: 128761

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  2. 8729_2_
    First appearance of a rare lifetime publication of a poem by John Donne, in the third edition of these funerary verses for Prince Henry, bound together with the second edition. The sombre theme is echoed in the mise-en-page, the text predominately set in deep black woodcut borders with funerary ornaments either side. The... Learn More
    £9,500

    Stock Code: 118729

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  3. 127485
    Second edition, published in the same year as the rare first edition. The work contains "Nunc lento sonitu dicunt Morieris", with Donne's famous lines (often misremembered as being in verse): "No man is an Iland, intire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the... Learn More
    £12,500

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  4. 1
    First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death. This copy has the two inserted leaves with "The Printer to the Understanders" and the publisher John Marriot's Hexastichon Bibliopolae, not always present, and has the leaf Nn1 in the earlier uncorrected state with 35 lines... Learn More
    £25,000

    Stock Code: 82696

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  5. Biathanatos [graece].
    First edition, first issue. Large-paper presentation copy, with a letter of transmittal by John Donne the Younger to John Marckham bound in. Donne's letter is dated from Covent Garden, 6 October 1647, and is directed "For his much honored friende Mr John Marckham": "I have sent you this booke, according to my promise but... Learn More
    £19,500

    Stock Code: 108342

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  6. 130379
    A handsome copy of Grierson's "unrivalled exposition" of Donne's poems, bound by Douglas Cockerell (ODNB). In 1893 Cockerell was apprenticed to T. J. Cobden-Sanderson at the Doves Bindery in Hammersmith, before setting up his own bindery in 1897. In 1924 Cockerell's son Sandy came into partnership with him. "The construction... Learn More
    £150

    Stock Code: 130379

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