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    An Important Early Expanded Edition of
    Donne's
    Poems

    John Donne. Poems, By J. D. With Elegies on the Authors Death. London: M[iles] F[letcher] for John Marriot, 1635. First octavo edition, second edition overall. Small octavo. A-2D8. A 5 and A 6 bound between pages 300-301 with pen note to that effect (the correct placement according to the errata). [12]. 388, [32] pages. Lacks portrait (supplied in facsimile). Nineteenth century full black morocco, gilt, red morocco titling pieces on spine, marbled endpapers. Front joint rubbed , armorial bookplate of circling lion over Maltese Cross "Sub Robore Virtus," and stamp of "F[rederick] W[illiam] Cosens" on verso recto of first blank; some light toning, title lightly soiled. In this copy, a seventeenth century owner has transcribed the following texts in ink: on the blank leaf preceding the title, the text from Donne's memorial in St. Paul's Cathedral; on the blank A6v, Sir Thomas Browne's "To the deceased Author, upon the promiscuous printing of his Poems," a poem included in the 1633 first collected edition, but omitted from subsequent editions; and on both sides of a blank leaf at the end, under the title "Don[ne]'s good-night," an uncredited excerpt of forty-two lines from Henry King's "An Exequy on his wife" with minor textual variations, beginning "So; close the ground about her shade" and ending "Till one shall meete & never part." Old dealer's catalogue entries pasted to front free endpaper (causing a separation in the margin), nineteenth century note pasted to rear cover with a verse by Ben Jonson and referring to the Thomas Browne verse on page 301. Still, a very good copy.
    "In 1635, a second edition was issued, in which many fresh poems were added, and the grouping of the poems was carried out more systematically, the arrangement being adopted which has been generally adhered to since, and is useful for reference - Songs and Sonets, Epigrams, Elegies, Epithalamiums, Satyres, Letters to Severall Personages, Funerall Elegies, The Progresse of the Soule, Divine Poems...The order of the groups in the edition of 1635 corresponds, roughly, to the order of composition. Donne's earliest works were love songs or sonnets (using the word in the wider, freer sense of the Elizabethans) and elegies (after the manner of the Latin poets), through many of which runs a vein of pungent and personal satire, and regular verse satires..." (The Cambridge History of English and American Literature).
    Keynes lists thirty four poems and letters (seventeen of the additional poems by Donne are thought to be genuine) by Donne and three elegies added to this edition.
    Provenance: Frederick William Cosens (1819-1889) famous book-collector of the nineteenth century whose library was sold at Sotheby's in 1889 over twelve days (4995 lots!) Cosens had large holdings of Elizabethan books, Dickens (he commissioned Phiz for drawings), poetical manuscripts, and Spanish books.
    STC 7046. ESTC s1701. Keynes 79. ESTC s1701. Wither to Prior 287. Not in Pforzheimer. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Donne, John. Poems, By J. D. With Elegies on the Authors Death. London: M[iles] F[letcher] for John Marriot, 1635. 8vo. A-2D8. A 5 & 6 bound between pp 300-301 with pen note to that effect [ the correct placement according to the errata]. [12]. 388, [32]p. 19th c. black morocco gilt, red morocco titling pieces, front joint rubbed,marbled endpapers, armorial bookplate circling lion, over Maltese Cross "Sub Robore Virtus," stamp of "F[rederick] W[illiam] Cosens" on verso recto of first blank; some light toning, title lightly soiled. In this copy a 17th century owner has transcribed the following texts in ink: on the blank leaf preceding the title, the text from Donne's memorial in St. Paul's Cathedral; on the blank A6v, Sir Thomas Browne's "To the deceased Author, upon the promiscuous printing of his Poems," a poem included in the 1633 first collected edition but omitted from subsequent editions; and on both sides of a blank leaf at the end, under the title "Don[ne]'s good-night," an uncredited excerpt of 42 lines from Henry King's "An Exequy on his wife" with minor textual variations, beginning "So; close the ground about her shade" and ending "Till one shall meete & never part." Old dealer's catalogue entries pasted to f.f.e.p. (causing a separation in the margin), 19th c. note pasted to rear cover with a verse by Ben Jonson and refering to the Thomas Browne verse on p301. Lacks port.[facs. laid-in]

    Second edition, first in 8vo.

    "In 1635, a second edition was issued, in which many fresh poems were added, and the grouping of the poems was carried out more systematically, the arrangement being adopted which has been generally adhered to since, and is useful for reference - Songs and Sonets, Epigrams, Elegies, Epithalamiums, Satyres, Letters to Severall Personages, Funerall Elegies, The Progresse of the Soule, Divine Poems....The order of the groups in the edition of 1635 corresponds, roughly, to the order of composition. Donne's earliest works were love songs or sonnets (using the word in the wider, freer sense of the Elizabethans) and elegies (after the manner of the Latin poets), through many of which runs a vein of pungent and personal satire, and regular verse satires.." [The Cambridge History of English and American Literature.]

    Keynes lists 34 poems and letters (17 of the additional poems by Donne are thought to be genuine] by Donne and 3 elegies added to this edition

    Provenance: Frederick William Cosens (1819-1889) famous book-collector of the 19th century whose library was sold at Sothebys in 1889 over 12 days (4995 lots!). Cosens had large holdings of Elizabethan books, Dickens (he commissioned Phiz for drawings), poetical manuscripts, and Spanish books.

    STC 7046. ESTC s1701. Keynes 79. ESTC s1701. Wither to Prior 287. Not in Pforzheimer.



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