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THE POETICAL WORKS OF DR. JOHN DONNE, Dean of St. Paul's, London. In Three Volumes. With the Life of the Author.
At the Apollo Press, Edinburgh 1779 - 16mo, Containing 208 separate entries (i.e., poems, sonnets, satires, odes, epigrams, elegies, letters etc.). The most complete collected edition of all of Donne's poetry to the date of it's publishing, these three volumes being published as volumes 23 to 25 of Bell's "The Poets of Great Britain". The "Life of Dr. Donne" is signed J.W., i.e., Izaak Walton. Each volume has an extra engraved titlepage, the imprint at the bottom of which reads: "Printed for John Bell, near Exeter Exchange, Strand, London, Sept. 24th, 1779." The engraved frontispiece of Donne, in volume I, is dated 1778, as is the engraved title page in volume II. The colophon at the end of volume I reads: "From the Apollo Press, for the Martins, July 29, 1779"; for volume II the same except the date is August 5, 1779, and the same for volume III, except the date is August 12, 1779. Pagination: volume I, pp. cvi, [107] - 165, [two blanks]; volume II, pp. [5], 6 - 168, [two blanks]; volume II, pp. [4], 5 - 192, [two blanks]. Early armorial bookplate of "Castehill" ("In Discrimine Salus") on inside front board of each volume. Volume I contains Walton's biography of Donne (written in 1640), and the satires and epithalamions; volume II contains the songs, sonnets, divine poems, and epigrams; volume III contains the elegies, funeral elegies, letters &c. Donne's poems were first collected and published by his son in 1633 (2nd edition in 1635), but did not contain all the material in this set. All volumes show shelf wear. The edges of the boards are rubbed, and the gilt lettering to the first two volumes is mostly absent. The hinges are tight, and the contents are clean, with bright pages and very little foxing. Altogether quite a good set. Complete three volume set, bound in contemporary full leather [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: GREENFIELD BOOKS Ltd.]
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