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DRAYTON, Michael (1563--1631)
Poems: by Michael Drayton Esqvire. Viz. The Barons warres, Englands heroicall epistles, Idea, Odes, The legends of Robert, Duke of Normandie, Matilda, Pierce Gaveston, and, great Cromwell, The owle, Pastorals, contayning Eglogues, with the Man in the moone.
London: printed by W. Stansby for John Swethwicke [i.e. Smethwicke], and are to be sold at his shop in Saint Dunstanes church-yard in Fleet-streete vnder the Dialle, [1619].
[8], 487, [1] p. : add. engr. t.-pl., engr. port. ; 25.3 cm. (2°)

First folio edition, and the definitive collected edition, printed under his supervision, of all of Drayton's poetry except for his Poly-Olbion, which was too long for inclusion. With various divisional title-pages, all dated 1619. This is the second issue, having the additional engraved title-page, the portrait of Drayton added to the verso of the letterpress title-page (signed 'Wil. Hole scul.') and Smethwicke's name misspelled in the imprint. Smethwicke's device is included on the letterpress title-page (McKerrow 368), and the poem titles are arranged within nested brackets. The engraved title-page reads 'Poems by Michael Drayton Esquyer. Collected into one Volume. With sondry peeces inserted neuer before Imprinted'. His sonnet sequence 'Idea' was considerably revised and enlarged, with ten new poems, among which is the most famous one (LXI), beginning, 'Since ther's no helpe, come let us kisse and part'. Other portions of the volume were revised as well. Pages 200, 321 and 335 misnumbered 400, 319 and 355 respectively. ESTC s121618; STC 7222.3; Hayward 44; Grolier 90; CBEL I, 1065; Pforzheimer, 307.

Copy Notes The Soane copy has the engraved title-page bound to face the portrait, following the letterpress title.

Binding Late 18th/early C19th century diced russia calf, boards with blind double fillet within gilt triple fillet borders and blind-tooled torch corner-pieces, gilt triple-ruled spine compartments, gilt edges.

Reference Number 1412


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