Small 4to., pp. , 406, wanting the preliminary and terminal blanks, an unnecessary facsimile portrait on old paper inserted from Letters, 1651 (Poems should not have a portrait); F1 slightly soiled, but a large, fine copy bound in modern full dark red morocco by Ramage, vellum endpapers, all edges gilt.
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First edition of what may plausibly be called the greatest poetical collection of the seventeenth century. This copy contains the inserted leaves 2A2 not found in all copies (‘The Printer to the Understanders’ and ‘Hexastichon Bibliopolae’, six lines in English verse signed Joh. Mar[iott]), and, as is appropriate for copies with these inserted leaves, Nn1 is in its corrected state, with the headline restored and 33 lines on each side.
STC 7045; Keynes 78; Pforzheimer 296; Hayward 54.