The Works of Mr Abraham Cowley. Consisting of those which were formerly printed: and those which he design’d for the Press, now published out of the Authors original copies.

  • Cowley, Abraham
  • London: Printed by J. M. for Henry Herringman 1669
  • ESTC R21122.

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Description

Folio, pp. [xlii], 41, [1], 80, [4], 58, 61-70, 154, 23, [1], 148 + frontispiece portrait. Contemporary mottled calf. Lightly toned, a bit of soiling and spotting. Rubbed, rebacked to style with gilt decoration and red label, hinges relined, no rear flyleaf. Ink inscription of ‘Mary Ever’ to flyleaf.

Notes

The second edition - following two issues the previous year - of the influential and popular collected works of Abraham Cowley (1618-1667). It 'reprints the contents of Poems (1656), together with the two prose tracts of 1661, and the 1663 Verses with some additional poems, published and unpublished; the most significant new material is Several discourses by way of essays in verse and prose, a collection of prose essays interspersed and accompanied by poems, dealing with such topics as 'Of Liberty', 'Of Agriculture', 'The Garden' (addressed to Evelyn), and 'Of Myself'' (ODNB).

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