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WALLER, Edmund (1606--1687)
The works of Edmund Waller Esqr. in verse and prose published by Mr. Fenton.
London: printed for I. Tonson, 1729.
[16], 450, xci, [1] p., engr. t.-pl., engr. frontis. port., [3] engr. pl. (1 port.) : engr. illus. (ports.) ; 29.0 cm. (4°)

First edition as edited, with a long commentary, by Elijah Fenton; Fenton's edition was frequently reprinted during the 18th century. With a frontispiece engraved by George Vertue after a portrait by Kneller, and three other plates (including Waller's tomb at Beaconsfield) and a number of engraved head-pieces and tail-pieces, the former incorporating portraits of the dedicatees. 'This edition, while it is the first edited, is also the most sumptuous ever published. Waller's letters are added for the first time, and the various prefaces to the earlier editions are reprinted. Finally, the information given in the notes is so full and accurate that little has been left to the research or correction of later editors' - Grolier Club, Wither to Prior, III:94. ESTC t101629; CBEL I, 1211.

Copy Notes Purchased at Christie's sale, 23 March 1813 (q.v.), lot 77 for £1 4s. This copy is extra-illustrated with two portraits. The first, tipped in before the frontispiece and protected by a tissue guard, is a pencil portrait (118 x 98 mm) in a dark-grey mount, labelled in ink 'Edmund Waller Esqr. By Nanteuil.', i.e. Robert Nanteuil (1623--1678). Pasted on to the back board is a second oval portrait of an unidentified man (possibly Waller) in plumbago on vellum (123 x 114 mm), initialled in the bottom right-hand corner D.L. del / 1680, probably David Loggan (1635--1692), one of the first plumbago artists in England by whom a similar portrait in this medium survives at the National Portrait Gallery (Inv. no. NPG 4494).

Binding C18th mottled calf, ornate gilt-tooled spine compartments incorporating vases of flowers in a quatrefoil design, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1518


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