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Poems on Several Occasions: with Valentinian; a tragedy.

Edition: First Thus

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson, 1705. Contemporary blind stamped full leather binding, with gilt surround and decoration to the spine. Burgundy label. Armourial book plate to the inside front board (John Ward). Pp.177-208 repeated in pagination; but text and register are continuous [A8, a8 B- R8]. The work boasts two prefaces and a prefatory poem. In the first (anonymous) the author gives many comparisons between Rochester and Horace (in which Horace is found wanting!) in the second, written anonymously but by Thomas Rymer, we are told that the volume contains 'such Pieces only, as may be receiv'd in a vertuous Court, and not unbecome the Cabinet of the Severest Matron' and is therefore to be regarded only as a selection of Rochester's writings John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647 – 1680), was an English poet and courtier of King Charles II's Restoration court. Rochester was the embodiment of the new era, and he is as well known for his rakish lifestyle as his poetry, although the two were often interlinked (He died, aged 33 from Venereal Disease). He was described by Andrew Marvell as "the best English satirist." His best known work is "A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind" (printed here as "A Satyr Against Mankind"). [10], xvi, [6], 208, 177-223, [1]p.

Condition: Overall a very nice copy of this early edition. The leather binding is clean, but with a touch of nicking to the head and tail of the spine (minor loss) slight cracking to the hinge edges, but holding well. Internally clean, but with mild darkening and foxing throughout. There is a stain to the rear end papers (not affecting any text). The gilt to the spine is a little rubbed, but still attractive.

Book ID: 1665
Category: Classics
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