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Poems, &c. by John Donne, late Dean of St. Pauls. With elegies on the Author's Death. To which is added divers copies under his own hand, never before printed.

Donne, John (1573-1631).

Published by printed by T. N., for Henry Herringman, at the sign of the Anchor, in the lower-walk of the New-Exchange., London:, 1669
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Octavo: (6), 414 pp. Collation: A4 (A1 blank and present),B-Z, Aa-Dd8 (Dd8 blank and present) The Most Complete 17th c. Edition ?The poetry of Donne represents a sharp break with that written by his predecessors and most of his contemporaries. Much Elizabethan verse is decorative and flowery in its quality. Its images adorn; its meter is mellifluous. Image harmonizes with image, and line swells almost predictably into line. Donne?s poetry, on the other hand, is written very largely in conceits? concentrated images that involve an element of dramatic contrast, of strain, or of intellectual difficulty. Most of the traditional ?flowers of rhetoric? disappear completely. No more than a couple of the poems on which Donne?s modern reputation is built were published during his lifetime, though most of them were widely circulated through court and literary circles in handwritten copies. There were practical reasons for this halfway state of affairs. Many of the poems would have constituted black marks on Donne?s reputation as an earnest and godly divine; and because they were difficult and allusive, only a few people wanted to read them. Thus Donne was known, outside the relatively limited circles that had access to manuscript-collections, primarily as a preacher and devotional writer. But in these capacities he was tremendously productive and influential.? (The Norton Anthology) Keynes 84; Wing D1871; Grolier, Wither to Prior #291 Bound in contemporary calf, almost imperceptibly rebacked, ruled in blind. The boards and extremities are lightly worn, with two small adhesion scars. Internally, this copy is in excellent condition. Fifth edition; the last and most complete edition of Donne's poetry published in the 17th century, and the only Restoration printing. Many textual changes were made in this edition, and five new poems were added, including "To His Mistress Going to Bed," and "O My America! My New-found-land" (two of the others are spurious). Bookseller Inventory # 1718D

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Title: Poems, &c. by John Donne, late Dean of St. ...

Publisher: printed by T. N., for Henry Herringman, at the sign of the Anchor, in the lower-walk of the New-Exchange., London:

Publication Date: 1669

Binding: Hardcover

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