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Poems on Several Occasions... With Elegies

Poems on Several Occasions... With Elegies by DONNE, John [Magdalen College, Oxford Provenance] (1719)

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Author: DONNE, John [Magdalen College, Oxford Provenance]
Title: Poems on Several Occasions. Written by the Reverend John Donne, D.D. Late Dean of St. Paul's. With Elegies on the Author's Death. To this Edition is added, Some Account of the Life of the Author.
Year: 1719
Publisher: Jacob Tonson
Place: London
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £950
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[24] pp 365 [3] Very good copy of the fifth edition of Donne's poems with the dedication written by Donne's son for the 1650 edition, an account of Donne's life and a few critical observations drawn from Isaac Walton. Good-looking nineteenth century half black roan over marbled boards, faded gilt lettering to the flat spine. Paper reinforcement to the inner hinges, late eighteenth century gift inscription to third and fourth blanks 'E Lib. S Harms[?] (Ex dono mei amici mei amantissimi M.W.K.) Mag.d Coll. Alum. die Decemb: 28th An: D. 1797' - presumed to be a Christmas gift from M.W.K. to S Harms[?] who was at Magdalen, Oxford (the end of his name is shaved) the gift of a very dear friend. Clean text with woodcut head and tail pieces, a little browning only; collated and complete as called for. The book concludes with three pages of advertisements. Overall an attractive copy. This collection 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'.
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