Title: The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley.
Publisher: Printed for Jacob Tonson, London
Publication Date: 1707
Book Condition: Very Good
2 volumes, 8vo (193 x 116mm). ,LXXVIII,,894,p.) Engraved portraits of Abraham Cowley, Martin Clifford, Thomas Sprat, William DíAvenant, Pindar, Thomas Hobbes and Dr. Scarborough (vol. I) and Dr. Harvey, King Charles II, Mrs. Catherine Philips, John Evelyn Esq., and George Villiers (vol. II) Engraved folding plate of mythical creatures (Orpheus playing lyre?) and full-page engraving of David playing harp, pastoral scenes and heraldic vignettes opening books of David plus two others (vol. II). Text including ëThe mistress: or, several copies of love-versesí, ëPindarique odes, written in imitation of the stile and manner of the Odes of Pindarí, ëDavideis, a sacred poemí, and ëCutter of Coleman-Streetí with separate title-pages, pagination and register are continuous; with the final advertisement leaf. Late 19th-century full calf by Jeremiah Larkins, marbled endpapers, edges stained yellow; (edges trimmed close affecting some printed marginalia, lightly toned, some dustsoiling; spines crudely repaired, calf chipped at edges, corners rounded). Booklabel the Chaucerhead Bookshop to rear pastedown. Tenth Edition. Abraham Cowley was one of the leading English poets of the 17th century, with 14 printings of his Works published between 1668 and 1721. The Works were collected in 1668, when Thomas Sprat, afterwards bishop of Rochester, brought out a splendid edition in folio, to which he prefixed a graceful and elegant life of the poet. There were many reprints of this collection, which formed the standard edition until 1881, when it was superseded by AB Grosartís privately printed edition in two volumes, for the Chertsey Worthies library. Internally, an extremely nice copy complete with plates. Bookseller Inventory # 1840
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