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POEMS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. Written by the Reverend John Donne, D.D. Late Dean of St. Paul s. With Elegies on the Author s Death. To this Edition is added, Some Account of the Life of the Author.

Donne John, D.D

Published by London Printed for J. Tonson, and Sold by W. Taylor at the Ship in Pater-noster Row 1719, 1719
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Very Scarce and Very Early printing of one of the most elusive of all early English offerings of Donne s poetry. With finely engraved pictorial head and tail pieces throughout. 8vo, antique half calf over marbled boards, the spine with raised bands bordered with gilt rules and with a red morocco lettering label gilt lettered. [24], 365, 3 ads. pp. A very handsome and tight copy, quite clean and in good order. Only a bit of occasional spotting to the text. RARE AND VERY DESIRABLE. AN EARLY PRINTING OF DONNE S POETRY, ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER OF ALL ENGLISH POETS AND ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT COLLECTIONS TO OBTAIN IN AN EARLY ANTIQUARIAN PRINTING. Donne s poetry is what may plausibly be called the greatest poetical collection of the century. Donne had considered collecting and publishing his poems in 1614, prior to entering the church, in order to avoid the suggestion of scandal to his office, but the book did not appear. His poetry was finally collected after his death by his son. Donne was the first English poet to break out of the old Petrarchian style, bringing a new tone and temper, imagery and rhythm, to English verse. His influence, if sometimes unfortunate in poets without his strength and originality, was important in creating a poetry that was more sincere, more condensed and pregnant in feeling, than its Elizabethan precedents. This "greatest poetical collection of the century" laid the stylistic groundwork for the greatest poem of the century, Milton's "Paradise Lost.". Bookseller Inventory # 21557

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Title: POEMS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS. Written by the ...

Publisher: London Printed for J. Tonson, and Sold by W. Taylor at the Ship in Pater-noster Row 1719

Publication Date: 1719

Binding: Hardcover

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