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COWLEY, Abraham (1618--1667)
[Works. 1721]
The works of Mr. Abraham Cowley. In three volumes. Vol. I and II. Containing his poems and other pieces publish'd by the late Lord Bishop of Rochester; with some account of his life and writings. Vol. III. Containing his poems, plays, &c. publish'd in his younger years: with a translation of his six books of plants.
London: printed for B. Tooke, J. Tonson, G. Strahan, W. Taylor, W. Mears, W. Chetwood, and T. Jauncy, 1721.
3 vols ; 16.4 cm. (12º)
I: [4], lviii, 372 p., engr. frontis. port.
II: [3], 376--829, [11] p.
III: [14], 470, [6] p., engr. frontis.

Title and imprint from general title-page in volume I only. Volume I as usually found has an additional title-page reading: The works of Mr. Abraham Cowley: in two volumes. ... The twelfth edition, printed for, and sold by W. Taylor, 1721, both title-pages being cancels; vol. II, also of the twelfth edition, bears the same imprint, and with a cancel title-page (see ESTC n25835). In the Soane copy, the additional title-page in volume I has been torn out, and the volume I title-page bears the imprint of J. Tonson. The Soane set has been rebound, which given the absence of the additional vol. I title-page with its imprint makes it impossible to establish whether this is a mixed set, or evidence that unsold copies of the Tonson issue (see ESTC t132906) were also issued under the general title-page as described above. Volume III has the title-page reading: The third and last volume of the works of Mr. Abraham Cowley, printed by Benj. Motte: for B. Tooke, G. Strahan, W. Mears, W. Chetwood, and T. Jauncy, 1721, and is of the tenth edition; it includes 'The Third Part Of The Works Of Mr. Abraham Cowley: Being his Six Books of Plants', which is of the fifth edition; the pagination and register are continuous. The volume I frontispiece is a portrait by Vertue; that to vol. III is by A. Motte. ESTC t133362.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the additional title-page in vol. I (see general note above). Bought from Thomas Boone for 6s., 13 May 1807. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in pencil by Boone on the vol. I front free-endpaper Scarce / 3 vols =s6= and with his code xdf. Volume III is tightly cropped with some loss of text at the fore-edge.

Binding Later C18th calf, gilt double-ruled borders and spine, red morocco spine-labels.

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