DescriptionWilliam Browne. Original Poems, Never Before Published... Lee Priory: John Johnson & John Warwick for Private Press of Lee Priory, 1815. Krown & Spellman retail: $400. First Edition, Limited to 80 copies. 4to. ,7,,2,152,,p. Original paper boards rebacked with cloth tape, bookplate of Bloomfield Jervis Beach Library, Isabelle Brown & Francis Bacon Library stamp, some foxing. T.p in red and black, vignette of Lee Priory on t.p., all pages in borders, historiated initials. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
William Browne, 1591-1643?, poet. "Among the Lansdowne MSS. (No. 777) is a collection of poems by Browne, first printed at the Lee Priory Press in 1815. The collection includes a series of fourteen sonnets to 'Celia,' in which the writer seems to refer to the death of his wife and to his second wooing; some tender epistles and elegies; six 'Visions,' on the model of Du Bellay; jocular and bacchanalian verses; epigrams and epitaphs. Among the epitaphs are found the famous lines 'Underneath this sable herse,' &c., which have been commonly attributed, on no better authority than Peter Whalley, to Ben Jonson..." DNB.Sir Egerton Byrdges set up the Lee Priory Press in 1813. He was one of the original members of the Roxburghe club. He enticed Johnson ( the author of Typographica) & Warwick, who had worked for Bensley to work for him to produce "literary collectors wirh reprints of some of the most curious tracts of former days, in which there shall be an attempt to add beauty of typography and wood-engraving..." "...the books have an agreeable elegance, and at the time of their publication they were highly admired..." [Roderick Cave.] NSTC B4909. Lowndes 292.
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