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    Waller, Edmund. Poems, &c. Written upon several Occasions, And to several Persons. By Edmond Waller, Esq; The Ninth Edition, with Additions. To which is Prefix'd The Author's Life. London:for Jacob Tonson, 1712. 12mo. A12, a-b12, B-N12. [6], LXVI, 288p. Full old calf, blind tooled ruling and panelling, corners worn,fron tcover detached. Banded spine with gilt stamp decoration, wear to head and tail. Browning and foxing with occasional dampstain, old signature and pen scribbling on t.p.,ink blotches to port., t.p., & following leaf. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Waller. Ninth edition, with additions.
    "It is certain that the poems of Edmund Waller had been in circulation in manuscript some considerable time before their first publication. His lines on the escape of Charles (then Prince of Wales) from drowning, near Santander, though subsequently retouched, were probably written in or about the time of the event which they celebrate; but it was not until 1645 that the first edition of his poems was published. In spite of this, his reputation was already so well established that Denham wrote of him in "Cooper's Hill" (1642) as "the best of poets," and it is probable that no writer, in proportion to his merits, ever received such ample recognition from his contemporaries. Waller will always live as the author of "Go, lovely rose," the lines "On a Girdle," and "Of the Last Verses in the Book;" but it is difficult at this distance of time to realise the justice of the description of him upon his monument as Ôinter poetas sui temporis facile princeps.Õ He no doubt owed a very large portion of his popularity to his social position, his personal charm of manner, and his remarkable eloquence." From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
    Krown & Spellman retail: $350


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