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MARVELL, Andrew (1621--1678).
Directions to a painter, for describing our naval business: in imitation of Mr. Waller. Being the last works of Sir Iohn Denham. Whereunto is annexed, Clarindons house-warming. By an unknown author.
[London]: printed in the year 1667.
[2], 46, [2] p. ; 17.0 cm. (8º in 4s)

Anonymous. A satirical poem in reply to Waller's Instructions to a painter for the drawing of the fortune and progress of His Majesty's forces at sea. The main part of the work includes reprints of The second advice to a painter and The third advice to a painter both of which had appeared earlier in 1667, as well as two new sections, none of which is now thought to be by Denham. These and 'Clarindon's Housewarming' have been attributed to Andrew Marvell. Against this, the four Advices were reprinted and ascribed to Denham in part three of A collection of the newest and most ingenious poems, songs, catches, &c. against popery, relating to the times, 1689, and when these were again reprinted in Poems on affairs of state, 1702, they were 'said to be written by Sir John Denham, but believed to be writ by Mr. Milton'. See T.H. Banks, The poetical works of Sir John Denham, 1928, pp. 327--331, and H.M. Margoliouth, The poems & letters of Andrew Marvell, 1927, vol. I, pp. 269--270. Gathered in 4s (another impression of the same year is gathered in 8s, and lacks the errata). ESTC r13880; Wing M869A.

Copy Notes The errata are entered in ink in a seventeenth-century hand. 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 1358 with John Dennis's Miscellanies in verse and prose, 1693 (q.v.), for 2s. 6d. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.13; see also annotated copy of the R.H. Evans sale catalogue in the British Library).

Binding C19th half olive calf, blind double-ruled borders, gilt double-ruled spine and lettering with blind-tooled oak leaves at head and foot, grey paper boards.

Reference Number 1389


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