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    Oldham, John. The Works...Together with his Remains: [Containing:] Satyrs Upon The Jesuits: Written in the Year 1679. And some other Pieces... London: Joseph Hindmarsh,1685. [with:] Poems and Translations. London: Hindmarsh,1683. [with:] Poems and Translations. London: Hindmarsh, 1684. [with:] Remains...In Verse and Prose. London: Hindmarsh, 1687. London: Joseph Hindmarsh, 1683-7. 8vo. 4 vols. in 1.A2,B-K8,L2,A-H8,I4,A4,B-O8,P4,A-I8. [4],[4],148,[2,blank],[8]134, [2, blank],[6],215,[1],[28],127,[1]pp. Old calf, gilt rules, re-backed, gilt spine, no title on label, edges red, old armorial bookplates, F1 & G4 torn (no loss), minor dampstains, some light foxing. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $500.00


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    "Oldham's (1653-83) productions deserve more notice than they have received. Their own original power is notable. Pope, and perhaps other of our chief eighteenth-century poets, were under important literary obligations to their author... In 1679 had been printed, according to Wood without the author's consent, the first of Oldham's Satires upon the Jesuits (an expression of the popular panic at the time of the "Popish plot") and the so-called Satire against Virtue, a production likewise in its way open to the charge of sensationalism...While in "original" satire Oldham cannot be said to have reached the height to which he was desirous of climbing, he is memorable in our poetic literature as one of the predecessors of Pope in the "imitative" or adapting species of satirical and didactic verse.

    Dryden commemorated him and his verse in the well- known lines beginning 'Farewell, too little and too lately known.'" This collected edition (made-up from unsold copies) omits from the Remains one verse and adds two more to Oldham's memory as well as two previously unpublished verses Upon the Marriage of the Prince of Orange, and the Ode for St. Cecilia's Day (Set to music by John Blow).



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