DescriptionThomas D'Urfey. New Opera's With Comical Stories, And Poems, On Several Occasions, Never before Printed. London: William Chetwood, 1721. Krown & Spellman retail: $350. First Edition. 8vo. ¹1,A4,B-2B8. ,88,,89-349, 348-382p. Fine red morocco gilt, spine extra gilt; front cover detached, a.e.g., marbled endpapers, some foxing and browning at either end. Head- and tail pieces. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
"Addison's testimony is complete: 'He has made the world merry, and I hope they will make him easy so long as he stays among us. They cannot do a kindness to a more diverting companion, or a more cheerful, honest, good-natured man.' Again in the 'Tatler' he is praised: 'Many an honest gentleman has got a reputation in this country by pretending to have been in the company of Tom D'Urfey. Many a present toast, when she lay in her cradle, has been lulled asleep by D'Urfey's sonnets.'Steele followed him to the grave, and wore the watch and chain which D'Urfey bequeathed to him. Printed three years later in 'Miscellaneous Poems,' i. 6, 1726, is an 'Epitaph upon Tom D'Urfey:'
Here lyes the Lyrick, who, with tale and song,
Did life to three score years and ten prolong;
His tale was pleasant and his song was sweet,
His heart was cheerful but his thirst was great.
Grieve, Reader, grieve, that he, too soon grown old,
His song has ended, and his tale is told." DNBThis volume contains seven of his plays and his later poems, each with a separate title-page. ESTC t134712. CBEL II,421. Nicoll II,320.
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