• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    DONNE, John (1573-1631). Poems, By J. D. With Elegies on the Author's Death. London: M.F. for John Marriot, 1633.

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    DONNE, John (1573-1631). Poems, By J. D. With Elegies on the Author's Death. London: M.F. for John Marriot, 1633.

    4o (187 x 131 mm). First and final blanks present. (Without the extra inserted leaves containing "The Printer to the Understanders" and "Hexastichon Bibliopolae" between [A]2-3.) 19th-century blind-tooled calf, gilt-lettered on spine (some light rubbing); morocco pull-off case by Riviere. Provenance: Gilbert Spencer (17th-century inscription on front blank); 17th-century manuscript notes in text on Tt4, Xx1 and 4, Yy1, 3 and 4, Zz3; Richard Shuttleworth (19th century inscription on title: "Rev Shuttleworth ex Coll. Linc. Oxon").

    FIRST EDITION of the principal collection of Donne's poetical works, issued two years after his death. The volume is also notable for containing the first appearance of several celebrated elegies on Donne, that by Izaak Walton ("Is Donne, great Donne deceas'd?..."), and Thomas Carew's famous elegy commencing "Can we not force from widdowed Poetry Now thou art dead (Great Donne) one Elegie To crowne thy Hearse?..." which concludes with the famous epitaph "Here lies a King, that rul'd as he thought fit The universal monarchy of wit..." This copy with sheet Nn1r in its earlier uncorrected state (running head omitted to accommodate 35 lines of verse). Grolier Donne, 81; Grolier English, 25; Hayward 54; Keynes 78; STC 7054. A FINE COPY WITH CONTEMPORARY MANUSCRIPT NOTES ON 7 PAGES.

    [Bound with:]

    DONNE, John. Juvenilia: or Certaine Paradoxes, and Problemes. London: Printed by E.P. for Henry Seyle, 1633.

    4o. Woodcut printer's device on title. With first blank.

    FIRST EDITION, containing 11 of Donne's paradoxes and 10 of his problems, brief essays, "nothings," as Donne termed them, which "carry with them a confession of their lightness." They were composed, wrote the author in a letter to Henry Wotton, "rather to deceave tyme then her daughter truth." The collection, expanded in later editions, is usually bound with the Poems of the same year. In this copy F1v and have the brief printer's license added (Keynes records copies with printing and blank, either and neither licenses present.) Grolier Donne 26; Keynes 43; STC 7043.

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