DONNE, John (1573-1631). Poems by J. D. with elegies on the authors death. London: M[iles] F[letcher] for John Marriot, 1633. 4° (174 x 128mm.) Two woodcut opening initials. With final blank. (Lacking the initial blank, title with old paper repair at outer margin, many quires with dampstaining in lower half of page, upper margins shaved with occasional loss of typograhical rule, 2V2v and 2V3r slightly affected by soot marks.) Provenance: Occasional manuscript deletions and corrections; Harriet Miller, Heston Lodge (early 19th-century inscription on title); Revd. George Williams (bookplate).
John DONNE. Juvenilia or Certaine paradoxes and problemes written by J. Donne. London: E[lisabeth] P[urslowe] for Henry Seyle, 1633. 4° (174 x 128mm). Woodcut title device, decorative headbands and initials. With initial blank. (Lower margins dampstained, A4 with internal tear.) Two works in one volume, contemporary sheep, red speckled edges (rebacked, covers restored, slightly bowed).
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION OF DONNE'S POEMS AND FIRST EDITION OF THE JUVENILIA. With the exception of the Anniversaries (1611, 1612), the 'Elegie on the untimely death of the incomparable Prince, Henry' (included by Sylvester in Lachrymae Lachrymarum, 3rd edition, 1613), and some lines prefixed to Coryats Crudities, none of Donne's poems were published before his death. This copy of the Poems does not contain the two inserted leaves after A4, headed 'The printer to the understanders' and, on the verso of the second, 'Hexastichon Bibliopolae'. Keynes notes that 'Sometimes the two leaves ... are omitted altogether. It seems probable that they were an afterthought and were inserted in only a portion of the edition.' The Poems are not infrequently found bound with the Juvenilia, as in this copy. Keynes describes the Juvenilia as 'clever and entertaining trifles, most of which were probably written before 1600 during the more wanton period of their author's life.' In this copy, the two licences sometimes printed on the versos of F1 and H4 are not present. Grolier Wither to Prior 286 and 284; Keynes Donne 78 and 43; Pforzheimer 296; STC 7045 and 7043.