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Donne, John (1573-1631)
Poems, by J.D. With elegies on the authors death. To which is added divers copies under his own hand never before in print
London:, 1654. FOURTH EDITION, third issue. A reissue, with cancel title page, of the 1650 edition.. Octavo:. A very fine copy in contemporary tanned sheep, the boards framed by a double blind rule. The spine is ruled in compartments with a red morocco label, “Dr. Donne’s poems” tooled in gold and with small ornaments. Extremely fresh, within and without, with the faintest of wear to the front hinge. Complete with the portrait of Donne –now rarely encountered- by William Marshall, apparently after a lost miniature by Hillyard, showing Donne as a rakish young man of eighteen, with long hair and an earring in his right ear. Beneath the portrait is a poem by Izaak Walton. Provenance: Richard Jennings (Sotheby's London, 28 April 1952, lot 164) — John Hayward (Sotheby's London, 14 March 1966, lot 124): Purchased at the foregoing sale through Seven Gables. “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. For instance, in his love poetry one never encounters bleeding hearts, cheeks like roses, lips like cherries, teeth like pearls, or Cupid shooting arrows of love. The t … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Liber Antiquus Early Books & Manuscripts [Chevy Chase, MD, U.S.A.]
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