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DONNE, John (1572--1631)
Biathanatos. A declaration of that paradoxe, or thesis, that selfe-homicide is not so naturally sinne, that it may never be otherwise. Wherein the nature, and the extent of all those lawes, which seeme to be violated by this act, are diligently surveyed. Written by Iohn Donne, who afterwards received orders from the Church of England, and dyed Deane of Saint Pauls, London. Published by authoritie.
London: printed by John Dawson, [for Henry Seile], [1644].
[20], 192, 191--218 p. ; 17.6 cm. (sm. 4º)

The first word of the title is printed in Greek characters. Edited by John Donne junior, the author's son. It is dated 1644 by Wing (presumably on the strength of the imprimatur which is dated '20 Sept. 1644'); other authorities, however, suggest 1646 (Pforzheimer) or 1647 (G. Keynes, Bibliography of John Donne, 47). Henry Seile (or 'Seyle') has been identified as the publisher (see Pforzheimer 292). A second issue with a cancel title-page appeared in 1648; the Soane copy, the title-page of which has been torn out, is tentatively identified with the first edition. The first leaf is blank. ESTC r13744.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the title-page which has been torn out. Inscribed in ink on initial blank leaf Henry Some. / 1648.; the verso is annotated in ink Of this book Biathanatos see wt ye Author sayes / in his Letters. p. 20. 21., i.e. a reference to the letters to Sir Edward Herbert and to Sir Robert Carre which appear in Letters to severall persons. Bound (2) with Donne's Letters to severall persons, 1651 (q.v.) and Juvenilia, 1633 (q.v.), both also with ownership inscriptions of Henry Some. The volume was bought on Soane's behalf by W. Boone at the sale of the first part of the library of Soane's friend the newspaper editor James Perry, day 7, lot 1484 for 6s. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.13; see also annotated copy of the R.H. Evans sale catalogue in the British Library).

Binding C19th sprinkled calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-tooled spine, green morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 618


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