SUCKLING, Sir John (1609-1642). Fragmenta aurea: A collection of all the incomparable peeces. London: for Humphrey Moseley, 1646. 4 parts in one volume, 8° (175 x 108mm). Engraved portrait by W. Marshall. Woodcut initials and ornaments. (Waterstained in upper part of the page, final leaves close-shaved at lower margin, without front blank.) Crimson morocco gilt by Rivière, g.e. Exhibited: Festival of Britain Exhibition of Books, 1951, no. 389 (display label loosely inserted). FIRST EDITION, one of two title variants, with the first two words of the title in upper case. The poems include Suckling's famous lyric 'Why so pale and wan fond Lover?' (p. 14) and 'A supplement of an imperfect copy of verses of Mr. Wil. Shakespears' (p. 29) which is a continuation of 9 lines from The Rape of Lucrece. In his play The Goblins, Suckling, who was a great admirer of Shakespeare, also borrows from The Tempest. Bartlett 371; Gregg III, p. 1130; Grolier Wither to Prior 827; Hayward English Poetry 84; Pforzheimer 996; Wing S-6126.
Charles COTTON (1630-1687). Poems on several occasions. London: Tho[mas] Basset, Will[iam] Hensman and Tho[mas] Fox, 1689. 8° (173 x 111mm). Title within double-ruled lines. (A2 holed with slight loss, F6 with paper fault at outer margin, 2F7-8 with piece torn from outer margin, final quire washed.) Polished calf gilt by Wallis, gilt edges. Provenance: John Penn (contemporary inscription on front blank). FIRST EDITION, one of two variant imprints. Arber II, 254; Grolier Wither to Prior 215; Hayward English Poetry 133; Pforheimer 221: 'this edition is the one which gave so much delight to Lamb, Coleridge and Wordsworth'; Wing C-6389.
Alexander BROME (1620-1666). Songs and other Poems. London: Henry Brome, 1661. 8° (158 x 96mm). Engraved portrait by A. Hertochs. (Margins browned, some lower margins close shaved, crease in A2 causing some misalignment, outer margin of k6 soiled, without errata slip.) Blue morocco, gilt edges. Provenance: Major Fairford's copy (pencil inscription); Bibliotheca Piscatoria Lynniana (bookplate). FIRST EDITION. Among the commendatory poems at the beginning appear is Walton's 'humble Eglog' of 'Damian and Dorus'. This did not appear in the two subsequent editions. Grolier Wither to Prior 98; Wing B-4852. (3)