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Poems &c, by John Donne late Dean of St Paul's

 
Poems &c, by John Donne late Dean of St Paul's  by DONNE, John [H J Massingham; James Crossley's copy] (1669)

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Author: DONNE, John [H J Massingham; James Crossley's copy]
Title: Poems &c, by John Donne late Dean of St Paul's
 
Year: 1669
Publisher: Thomas Newcomb for Henry Herringman
Place: London
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Signed: No
 
Price: £1500
 
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[6] pp 414 [2] Lacking 2 leaves: A1 (blank) and U8. Vellum bound seventeenth century edition of Donne's poems with attractive provenance to the ruralist writer H J Massingham and before him the founder of the Chetham Society in Manchester.

Full nineteenth century vellum binding, lightly discoloured, lacking label to spine; gilt lines to boards and gilt edges to text block. Marbled endpapers and tiny bookshop label of the 'Serendipity Shop 46 Museum Street. London' to the first pastedown. Twice inscribed on the verso of the first blank in pencil, first: '1884 From the library of Ja[me]s Crossley FSA Manchester' and below that by the writer 'H J Massingham March 1911... Barnes' Crossley was co-founder of the Chetham Society in Manchester where he acquired a huge library. Massingham was a prolific writer on rural subjects and the English countryside. The book is complete except for the blank leaf that precedes the title page and leaf U8 which contains six short verses from the Progress of the Soule. A very thin stub of this leaf is visible in the gutter of the book. A little toning to early pages but a clean and attractive copy of an important work overall.

The 1669 edition of Donne's poems which begins with his son's preface, signed 'John Donne' is the most complete seventeenth century printing of Donne's poems. It begins with Donne's great early erotic poems from the 'Songs and Sonnets' followed by his Elegies and Satires. It is always a thrill to encounter Donne's verse in an early edition of this kind if for no other reason than the additional puns engendered by the presence of the long 's' in 'The Flea': 'Me it suck'd first, and now sucks thee'. Keynes 84 - Wing D 1871
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