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DONNE, John
Poems, By J. D. With elegies on the authors death
London: by M. F. for John Marriot, and are to be sold at his shop,, 1635. Small octavo (136 × 90 mm). 19th-century calf, red morocco spine label, date in gilt at foot, sides blind-panelled with fleur-de-lys design, bevelled edges, marbled endpapers, red edges; ownership inscription of C. H. Firth, i.e. the English historian Sir Charles Harding Firth (1857–1936), specialist in English history during the time of the English Civil War and the Commonwealth, to front blank (binding a little worn at board edges). Housed in a brown cloth flat back box. Frontispiece portrait of Donne at the age of 18 engraved by Marshall (minor paper reinforcement to blank fore-margin). Small paper restoration to lower outer corner of title, text not affected; small amount of worm at foot from B2 to E1, with loss of a few signatures but only occasionally touching text; a little tightly bound but a good copy. Second edition, with the addition of 17 original poems by Donne not included in the first edition of 1633.
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