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    "The Wicked, Attractive, Brilliant Restoration Wit,
    Rake, and Gallant"

    William Wycherley. Miscellany Poems: As Satyrs, Epistles, Love-Verses, Songs, Sonnets, &c. [All Published.] London: C. Brome, J. Taylor and B. Tooke, 1704. First edition, first issue, with title dated 1704 before the remainder copies were issued with a new title dated 1706, and without the correction slip "The End" usually found pasted over "The End of the First Volume" at the foot of the last page. Folio. a-m2, A-3I4. xlvi, [2 errata], 64, 63-438 pages. Mezzotint frontispiece of Wycherley after Lely. Early twentieth century gilt-paneled and gilt-tooled two-toned speckled calf, spine gilt, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles by Riviere; boards lightly rubbed and scratched, joints starting, some minor chipping at spine ends, marbled endpapers lightly stained from leather turn-ins, slight marginal chipping to last leaves, minor occasional stain, else very clean with wide margins and good paper. Pforzheimer 1101. Foxon W573. ESTC t144864. Wither to Prior, 1085. Lowndes IV, 3005. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    William Wycherley. Miscellany Poems: As Satyrs, Epistles, Love-Verses, Songs, Sonnets, &c. [All Published.] London: C. Brome, J. Taylor and B. Tooke, 1704.

    First edition, first issue, with title dated 1704 before the remainder copies were issued with a new title dated 1706, and without the correction slip "The End" usually found pasted over "The End of the First Volume" at the foot of the last page. Folio. a-m2, A-3I4. xlvi, [2 errata], 64, 63-438 pages. Mezzotint frontispiece of Wycherley after Lely. Early twentieth century gilt-paneled and gilt-tooled two-toned speckled calf, spine gilt, all edges gilt, gilt dentelles by Riviere; boards lightly rubbed and scratched, joints starting, some minor chipping at spine ends, marbled endpapers lightly stained from leather turn-ins, slight marginal chipping to last leaves, minor occasional stain, else very clean with wide margins and good paper.

    William Wycherley (baptized 1641, died 1716), playwright & poet. "Wycherley still had a mass of unpublished literary manuscripts of poems, scraps of poems, and the like. In the late 1690s he tried to make some money by printing some of these poems, and the bookseller Samuel Briscoe issued proposals for a subscription volume in 1696. They ended up in a dispute over money, and Wycherley was again arrested for debt. It was not until 1704 that Wycherley's large folio of Miscellany Poems appeared. It was badly misjudged. Poems on a woman's 'Fair Back-Side' and on another's 'Fine Breasts' were entirely at odds with the new, chaster sensibility, and for its preface the work has a thirty-page torrent of abuse on those 'who were my Critics before they were my Readers'...Wycherley's legacy was not only literary but also biographical. Posterity saw him as the type of the wicked, attractive, brilliant Restoration wit, rake, and gallant." - Oxford DNB.

    Pforzheimer 1101. Foxon W573. ESTC t144864.  Wither to Prior, 1085. Lowndes IV, 3005.


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