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    Drummond, William. The Poems of William Drummond of Hawthornden. London: for E. Jeffrey, 1791. 8vo. A4, B-X8, Y3 -Y4 blank]. viii, 326p. Full old calf, rebacked, boards and corners worn, hinges split. Decorative bands on spine, spine split, some wear to head and tail, label with title in gilt lettering. Browning and foxing with occasional dampstain. Bookplate on front pastedown. Upper right corner of F2 missing, notches in top margins of T5, T6, Y1 and Y2, and clean tear in top margins of Y1 and Y2, all without effect on text. Notations in old hand frequent. Frontispiece portrait of Drummond.
    Drummond (1585-1649) poet and royalist; this is a reprint of the first of his collected poems, first printed in 1656. "Drummond is a learned poet, and is at his best in his sonnets. Italian influence is always perceptible, and his indebtedness to Guarini is very pronounced. Yet sonnets like those on "Sleep" and the "Nightingale" possess enough natural grace and feeling to give them immortality, and borrowed conceits are often so cleverly handled by Drummond that he deserves more praise than their inventor. His madrigals show a rare command of difficult metres, but are less sprightly than could be wished. The elegy on Prince Henry, which has been compared with "Lycidas," is solemnly pathetic. Drummond anticipated Milton in using the metre of the "Hymn of the Nativity."" From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $65



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