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Poems - DONNE John - 1633. 
1633 - DONNE, John. Poems, By J.D. With Elegies on the Authors Death. London: M.F. [Miles Fletcher] for John Marriot, 1633. Small quarto, period-style full burgundy morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, black morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. $48,000.First edition of the collected poems of the greatest of the metaphysical poets, with "Epistle" leaves, often lacking. Beautifully bound in period-style elaborately gilt-decorated morocco.Although his poetry was circulated in small bundles of manuscript copies among the cultured circles of Elizabethan and Jacobean society, Donne deliberately kept most of it out of print, fearing to tarnish his reputation in the religious establishment. Thus almost none of his poetry appeared in print during his lifetime. "The first editors of Donne's poetry divided his work into about a dozen groupings. The Songs and Sonnets which open the volume are generally amorous in theme; the Divine Poems, which close it, are described in their title". Early scholars took for granted that all the bawdy, cynical and lecherous poems were written by young Jack Donne, while all the somber, penitent, devotional poems were written by the godly divine. The more we learn about the matter, the less this easy division seems to stand up". The poetry of Donne represents a sharp break with that written by his predecessors and most of his contemporaries. Whether he writes of love or devotion, Donne's particular blend of wit and seriousness, of intense feeling, darting thought, and vast erudition, creates a fascination quite beyond the reach of easier styles and less strenuous minds" (Adams). This edition is "the first collected edition of Donne's poems, derived according to current scholarly thinking from manuscript sources in direct descent from the author's papers. It has been the basis of all scholarly editions since then, including the Grolier Club edition of 1895" (Pirie 81). This copy with page 273 (Nn1) in the uncorrected state (without running title and with 35 lines of text), and with mispaginations as in Pforzheimer. Bound with "Epistle" (A3-A4), rarely found, and with "Printer to the Understanders" and "Hexastichon Bibliopolae"; bound without first and final blank leaves only, text complete. Several lines in the Satyres on pages 330, 331 and 341, originally containing lines offensive to the king and church, are left blank. Donne bibliographer Sir Geoffrey Keynes concludes that various corrections in the text do not differentiate earlier from later states, but were random in the preparation of the text. Keynes 78. STC 7045. Grolier 100 25. Pforzheimer 296. Hayward 54. A few minor smudges to three leaves, Ss3-Tt, remaining text generally quite clean. A few borders just shaved along upper margin, not touching running titles, with generous lower and outer margins. Period-style binding fine. A beautiful and desirable copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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