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Cowley Works 1668 Davideis Pindarique Odes Ode To Royal Society 1st Ed Folio Nr For Sale

Cowley Works 1668 Davideis Pindarique Odes Ode To Royal Society 1st Ed Folio Nr

OFFERED WITH is THE DESIRABLE 1668 FIRST EDITION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ABRAHAM COWLEY, one of the greatest of 17th century English poets, ADORNED WITH A VERY FINE FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT, printed in a single folio volume at London in 1668 by J. M for Henry Herringman, bound in the original mid-17th century calf, contemporary to the time of publication, and complete in all respects.

 

The full title reads as follows:

 

“The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. / Consisting of / Those which were formerly Printed: / And / Those which he Design’d for the Press, / Now Published out of the Authors / Original Copies. / London, / Printed by J.M. for Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1668.”

 

Cowley (1618-1687) occupied a dominant position in the poetic world of the middle decades of the 17th century, and while his reputation dimmed, it remained considerable throughout the 18th century. Indeed, it was Cowley, rather than Donne or Herbert, with whom Samuel Johnson began his monumental ‘Lives of the Poets.’

 

Amongst his poems, the ‘Davideis’ is perhaps the most ambitious, constituting an epic poem upon King David in four books. His Pindarique Odes were also well regarded, and ‘The Complaint’ had a significant success. His finest poems, though, are his smaller efforts, including his Ode to the Royal Society, and his elegies to Wotton, Falkland, Crashaw and others.

 

Cowley’s essays have aged very well and remain very highly regarded. His “Advancement of Experimental Philosophy,” intended to promote the protection and preservation of scientific research, was amongst the finest 17th century prose works concerning science, and led directly to the founding of the Royal Society.

 

THE VOLUME IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION INTERNALLY, with clean pages, clear print and ample margins throughout. The frontispiece portrait is an excellent example and a strong impression.

 

The 17th century full-calf binding is entirely contemporary to the time of publication. Its front board is detached and the rear board nearly detached but the book-block remains strong. The edges of the boards and the spine show moderate wear and rubbing. The original 17th century red morocco label has been retained. The volume measures 29.5 cm by 19.0 cm by 5.0 cm; each leaf measures 290 mm by 185 mm.

 

The volume is complete in all respects; it is paginated as follows: [44], 41, [1], 80, [4], 58, 61-70, 154, 23, [1], 148.

 

In all, this is quite a pleasing example of THE DESIRABLE 1668 FIRST EDITION OF THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ABRAHAM COWLEY, one of the greatest of 17th century English poets, ADORNED WITH A VERY FINE FRONTISPIECE PORTRAIT, printed in a single folio volume at London in 1668 by J. M for Henry Herringman, bound in the original mid-17th century calf, contemporary to the time of publication, and complete in all respects, and OFFERED WITH .

     

 

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