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London: Printed by M. F. for John Marriot, and are to be sold at his Shop in St. Dunstan’s Church-yard in Fleet-Street. 1635 - Donne, John. POEMS BY J. D. WITH ELEGIES ON THE AUTHORS DEATH. London: Printed by M. F. for John Marriot, and are to be sold at his Shop in St. Dunstan’s Church-yard in Fleet-Street, 1635. This is the second edition (first in octavo,) following the first edition of 1633 issued by the same publisher, with both being quite scarce. This second edition is the first to have the poems separated into sections, headed Songs and Sonets, Epigrams, Elegies, Epithalamions, Satyres, Letters, Divine Poems, etc., and is also the first edition to have the engraved frontispiece portrait of the author which is bound in here in an excellent facsimile (a number of the extant copies of the 1635 Marriot edition are also found lacking the original portrait.) According to Keynes’s summary in his bibliography of Donne, “in this edition the pieces have been rearranged and there are some changes to the text; they include all that had appeared in 1633 with the exception of Basse’s Epitaph upon Shakespeare, and Thomas Browne’s elegy on the author. Of the thirty-seven pieces that have been added twenty-nine are poems supposed to be by Donne; of these one appears twice and eleven are not accepted as genuine. This edition contains therefore seventeen additional poems by Donne. The Hexastichon ad Bibliopolam. Incerti on A4b is also an addition.” The text is complete, with the Errata on Dd8a, and in generally good condition, however with a somewhat worn title page and with the facsimile portrait. The restored binding retains the contemporary leather front and back panels but has recently been re-backed with a gilt lettering piece. Donne’s name is written out on the title page after his initial “D” and there are a few other early markings as well. There is the late 18th-century ex-libris of Gregory Lewis Way on the front pastedown. Gregory Lewis Way (1756-1799) was educated at Eton and Oxford, then chose the life of an Essex country gentleman with antiquarian interests whose avocation was poetry. A volume of his poems was published in 1782 and his memoirs along with those of his son, were published in 1845 with a Preface by William Wordsworth. He also translated Fabliaux, or Tales, abridged from French Manuscripts of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries, by M. Le Grand, assisted by George Ellis who completed the second volume after his death and contributed a wonderful memoir of Way, in part: “His principal amusement was literature, and particularly poetry: and from this choice of occupations and amusements, a choice dictated partly by reflection, and partly, perhaps, by the effects of a situation and early habit, he certainly acquired such a constant flow of cheerfulness, as a life of more activity and a greater variety of resource, often fails to produce.” The front blank has a 1781 Cambridge University ownership signature and an unimpressed earlier owner had written on the verso of Dd8b (blank,) in what appears to be a late 17th-century hand: “Three farthings is the woorth of this Book.” In a custom clamshell box. [The 1633 edition is No. 25 in the Grolier Club’s One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature; Keynes 79] [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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