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Examen Poeticum : Being the Third Part of Miscellany Poems Containing variety of New Translations of the Ancient Poets. Together with many original copies, by the most eminent hands.

By John Dryden et al

1693

R E For Jacob Tonson : London

8" by 5"

[40], 468pp; [18], 78pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first edition of this scarce poetry anthology, known more commonly as 'Tonson's Miscellany' or 'Dryden's Miscellany'. Containing many contributions by Mr Dryden and others in a lovely rebacked binding.

The third volume in this series, which first began in 1684. This series was an early proponent for forming and developing the idea of the English canon. Following the first volume in 1684 subsequent volumes were issued in 1685, 1693, 1694, 1703 and 1708. This volume is therefore the third in the series. With half-title page. This work contains the first book of Ovid's metamorphoses translated into English verse by Dryden in addition to many more original pieces by Dryden. Several of which had not been published yet. Other contributions include Fracastoro's poem 'Syphillis', Matthew Prior's 'Considerations on the Eighty Eighth Psalm' and 'A Song' by Sir John Eaton. X2 (pp 305-306) is a cancel, as called for, with the caption title 'Considerations on the Eighty Eighth Psalm'. ESTC no. R122. Two contemporary inscriptions to the half-title and to the front pastedown of prior owner's names. A fascinating and popular seventeenth century poetry anthology, scarce in this edition.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Rebacked, with the original boards preserved. Externally, generally smart. Heavt rubbing to the bottom of spine and boards resulting in loss to the calf. Bumping and further rubbing to the extremities resulting in loss. Prior owner's inscription to the front pastedown, John Gregory. Prior owner's inscription to the half-title, Edward Hickman. Internally, firmly bound. Occasional pencil annotation to the title page margins and to the odd page. Pages are age toned with heavy spotting, heavier to the start. Closed tear to the top of page 351, no larger than 2cm.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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