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CLEVELAND, John (1613--1658)
[Vindiciae]
Clievelandi Vindiciæ; or, Clieveland's genuine poems, orations, epistles, &c. Purged from the many false and spurious ones which had usurped his name, and from innumerable errours and corruptions in the true copies. To which are added many additions never printed before: with an account of the author's life. Published according to the author's own copies.
London: printed for Obadiah Blagrave, 1677.
[24], 239, [1] p. : engr. frontis. port. ; 16.9 cm. (8º)

A reissue with cancel title-page of the 1677 edition with 'Nath. Brooks' named as bookseller in imprint; another reissue in the same year names Robert Harford as bookseller. The first collection of verse by the cavalier poet and political satirist John Cleveland appeared in 1647 and there were some twenty-five editions of his work printed during the seventeenth century. This contains several poems not in the edition of 1647, viz. Upon Princess Elizabeth, To Julia to expidite her promise, Upon the King's return from Scotland, The General Eclipse, and several additional letters in Latin and in English including one to Oliver Cromwell. The 'Dedication' appears in two forms, the one signed 'J.L. S.D.', i.e. John Lake and Samuel Drake, the editors, and this variant signed 'J.L. W.D,' (the 'W.' being in error?). ESTC r17441; Wing C4670.

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on the recto of the frontispiece John Soane. The price 1-0 inscribed in ink on the recto of the frontispiece has been altered in pencil to 1-6 and then scored out and -2- substituted. With the book label of Agnew's Circulating Library, Market-Place, Windsor on the front pastedown, which is inscribed in pencil 273. First rear free-endpaper inscribed in ink Thomas Elridge. Possibly to be identified with Thomas Eldridge, a painter, sworn a freeman of Windsor on 7 October 1742 and a Common Councilman at the same time. He became a Bailiff in 1751 and his death was recorded in 1753. See J. Langton, The Second Hall Book of the Borough of New Windsor, 1726--1783, Windsor Borough Historical Records Publications, vol. 2 (Windsor 1973), pp. 125--6, 200, 228, 259, 272.

Binding C17th blind double-ruled calf, without spine-label or lettering.

Reference Number 1954


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