Two volumes in one. Folio [xliv], 41, , 80, , 70 (i.e. 68), , 154, 23, 148 (i.e. 156; signature Q repeated); [vii], 162. With two engraved frontispieces, the first a portrait of the author by William Fairthorne. Calf-backed modern boards; browning, inkstains, light foxing, T2 missing bottom quarter of the page, so text is provided in contemporary manuscript, ownership annotations on recto of first frontispiece and scribbles and annotations throughout. First editions of both parts (notwithstanding the fact that the title page of the second part states "fourth edition"). Cowley (1618-1667), one of the leading English poets and essayists, was, during his lifetime, as esteemed as John Milton, but by the time of his death his reputation and diminished. His brilliance seemed intellectual, as opposed to poetical. He was a royalist who, like many others, lived in Oxford following the Civil War, then in Paris, and ultimately back in Britain following restoration. This work begins with a life and writings of Cowley, written in a letter to Mr. M[artin] Clifford by Thomas Sprat, Cowley’s literary executor. Thereafter, it includes, among other works, a preface by Cowley; miscellaneous poems (some of which he had written as a young child); The Mistress: or, several copies of love-verses; the odes of Pindar; Davideis, a sacred poem of the troubles of David; A discourse by way of vision, concerning the government of Oliver Cromwell; The tragical history of Piramus and Thisbe; Love riddle; and additional essays and poems. Of interest is Cowley’s confession of his resolve to move to America. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. Consisting ...
Publisher: J.M. for Henry Herringman;Mary Clark, for Charles Harper, 1668; 1681.
Publication Date: 1668
Edition: FIRST EDITIONS
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