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PHILIPS, Katherine (1631--1664)
Poems by the most deservedly admired Mrs Katherine Philips the matchless Orinda. To which is added Monsieur Corneille's Pompey & Horace, tragedies. With several other translations out of French.
London: printed by J[ohn]. M[acock]. for H. Herringman, 1669.
[36], 198, [8], 124 p. : engr. frontis. port. ; 27.5 cm. (2°)

Printer's name from Wing. This is the second authorized edition of the poems of Katherine Philips. Initially published without Phillip's consent in 1664, it was withdrawn by Richard Marriot, the publisher, following her objections, and published posthumously in 1667 under the supervision of Sir Charles Cotterell. The translations 'Pompey' and 'Horace' each have a special title-page. 'Horace', left unfinished at the time of the author's death, breaks off at the beginning of act IV, scene vi; this edition includes the completion by Sir John Denham which was not included in the first edition, and 'Pompey' contains added lyrics by Mrs. Philips. Poems in eulogy of the author by Abraham Cowley, Roger Boyle, Earl of Orrery, and others: prelim. pp. [10]--[29]. The frontispiece portrait-bust is engraved by William Faithorne. Philips adopted the pseudonym of Orinda, by which, with the addition of the epithet 'matchless,' she became widely known to her contemporaries. Influenced by Cartwright and the 'Cavalier poets', she adopted the theme of Platonic love, particularly between women, and was praised for her propriety and contrasted with the scandalous Aphra Behn. Keats, in a letter to Reynolds in 1817, quotes her verses with approval. ESTC r20915; Wing 2033.

Copy Notes Ink ownership inscription of Mary Howe at head and foot of title-page. The frontispiece portrait is pasted on a leaf of heavy wove paper and tipped in as a recto to follow the title-leaf.

Binding C17th mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, spine-label lost.

Reference Number 1482


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