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DONNE, John.

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.

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Published: London by E.P. for Henry Seyle, 1633

Stock Code: 118720

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death, here bound together with the first edition of his Juvenilia. This copy of Poems 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 poetry collections, including "To Sir Henry Wotton" ("Bee thine own Palace, or the world's thy gaole"), "The Good Morrow", "Song" ("Goe, and catche a falling starre"), "The Sunne Rising", "Aire and Angels", "Loves growth", and "The Flea".

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2 works bound in 1, quarto (186 x 137 mm). Contemporary calf, skilfully rebacked and relined to style, covers with three-line blind rules, edges speckled red, manuscript shelf number to fore-edge. 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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