Cotton Charles

Published by London printed for Thos. Basset 1689, 1689
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First edition. 8vo, bound in full contemporary calf. 729, advertisement pp. A desirable copy in this rare period binding. RARE FIRST EDITION ISSUED IN 1689. Including, on page 14, a poem dedicated to "my dear and most worthy friend," Isaac Walton. Cotton and Walton co-authored what is perhaps the most famous fishing book of all time, entitled THE COMPLEAT ANGLER. Cotton’s reputation as a burlesque writer may account for the neglect his poems were met with in the 18th and 19th centuries, but their excellence was not, however, overlooked by good critics. Coleridge praises the purity and unaffectedness of his style in the ‘Biographia Literaria’, and Wordsworth gave a copious quotation from the ‘Ode to Winter’. The ‘Retirement’ is printed by Walton in the second part of the Compleat Angler. Over two hundred poems, sonnets, odes and epitaphs are printed here, including ‘On Tobacco’, a damning poem to the pernicious weed, a debauch of such a stinking kind. Bookseller Inventory # 25510

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Publisher: London printed for Thos. Basset 1689

Publication Date: 1689

Edition: 1st Edition

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