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POEMS by the most deservedly admired MRS KATHERINE PHILIPS, the matchless ORINDA. To which is added Monsieur Corneilles POMPEY & HORACE tragedies, with several other translations out of French
London, Printed by T. N for Henry Herringman, 1678.. Third authorised folio edition, 1678. 4to, 290 x 180 mm, 11½ x 7 inches, frontispiece portrait engraved by William Faithorne, pages (34), 198; (8), 124, separate dated title pages for the 2 plays which follow the poems, bound in contemporary full calf, blind ruled border with small ornament at corners, raised bands with gilt decoration in compartments, gilt lettered morocco label to spine, edges marbled. Light pitting to surface of covers, spine rubbed, small repair at head of spine, very small chip to head of upper hinge and tiny chip to tail of spine, tiny crack at head and tail of lower hinge, armorial bookplate to front pastedown, fore-edge margin of frontispiece trimmed, 2 very small closed margin tears, neatly repaired, another closed tear due to a paper flaw runs from the top edge to the first line of text, neatly repaired with no loss of text, contents clean and bright, binding tight and firm. A very good copy of a scarce book. Katherine Philips (1632-1664) the noted female poet, is remembered chiefly today for her accounts in her poems of her friendships with women. Her version of Corneille's tragedy La Mort de Pompee was first published in her lifetime in 1663. This was followed by an unauthorised 8vo edition of her poems shortly before her premature death from smallpox in 1664. This was withdrawn a few days after it appeared as having been inaccurately printed. The authorised (in folio) edition was prepared for publication by Katherine's friend Sir Charles Cotterell, Charles II's Master of Ceremonie … [Click Below for Full Description]
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