London: printed by M[iles]. F[lesher]. for John Marriot, and are to be sold at his shop in St Dunstans Church-yard in Fleet-street, 1635. Second Edition. Octavo, , 388,  pages; VG; bound in early full calf, double blind-ruled borders, modern rebacking with spine largely preserved, major wear and cracking to preserved spine, some rubbing to boards; wanting the scarce portrait frontispiece; early small ink ownership names to endpapers, recto and verso of title page; small chip missing from lower fore corner of page 245, upper edge of page 249; slight tide-marks to lower gutter at beginning of volume,t o endpapers; shelved case 0.
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ESTC: S1701; STC 7046; Keynes, Donne 79;
A5 and A6 bound at the beginning of the volume, with an ink note quoting the errata (the correct placement according to the errata is page 301).;
"In 1635, a second edition was issued, in which many fresh poems were added, and the grouping of the poems was carried out more systematically, the arrangement being adopted which has been generally adhered to since, and is useful for reference - Songs and Sonets, Epigrams, Elegies, Epithalamiums, Satyres, Letters to Severall Personages, Funerall Elegies, The Progresse of the Soule, Divine Poems...The order of the groups in the edition of 1635 corresponds, roughly, to the order of composition. Donne's earliest works were love songs or sonnets (using the word in the wider, freer sense of the Elizabethans) and elegies (after the manner of the Latin poets), through many of which runs a vein of pungent and personal satire, and regular verse satires..." [The Cambridge History of English and American Literature].;
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];
Keynes lists thirty four poems and letters (seventeen of the additional poems by Donne are thought to be genuine) by Donne and three elegies added to this edition.;