London: printed by M[iles]. F[lesher]. for Iohn Marriot, and are to be sold at his shop in St Dunstans Church-yard in Fleet-street, 1633. First Edition. Quarto, , 406 pages; VG-; bound in 3/4 calf, marbled boards, gilt titling to spine; mild wear and rubbing to binding; title page and pages 351/352 in facsimile; wanting the terminal blank; preliminary black loose, with ink drawing of the title page; This volume with the two inserted leaves with "The Printer to the Understanders" and 'Hexastichon Bibliopolae', as well as leaf Nn1 in the earlier uncorrected state with 35 lines of text on page 273 and omission of the usual running headline, although it has been drawn in in early ink; occasional scattered marginalia and underlining present; KA consignment; shelved case 0.
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This is the first edition of John Donne’s collected poems, printed in 1633, two years after he died.
In his lifetime, Donne only published a few of his written works, viewing print as corrupt and common. He preferred to circulate his texts in manuscript form to a select group of friends and patrons. They shared and hand-copied the poems into their own private verse collections, and these were used as the basis for this printed edition. [British Library];
ESTC: S121864; STC 7045; Keynes 78; Pforzheimer 296;