LXXX Sermons … London, Printed for Richard Royston … 1640. [Bound with:]

DONNE, John. Fifty Sermons … the Second Volume. London, Printed by Ja. Flesher for M. F. J. Marriot, and R. Royston. 1649.

London, 1640-1649.

Two works bound together, folio, pp. [34], 826, [24], with an additional engraved title-page by Merian (featuring a portrait of Donne) and the initial and terminal blanks; and pp. [8], 474; fine, fresh and crisp copies, in contemporary blind-ruled calf, joints rubbed; binder’s waste from an earlier 8vo volume, rear endpapers with offset from a work by Thomas Fuller.


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First editions of the first two collections of Donne’s sermons. Large, complete copies in original condition like the present are now uncommon.

Prefixed to LXXX Sermons is the first appearance in print (later to be published separately in an expanded form) of Izaak Walton’s account of Donne’s life, which describes him as a ‘Preacher in earnest, weeping sometimes ... preaching to himself like an Angell from a cloud’. Fifty Sermons is designated 'The second volume' in the ongoing sequence, despite the different publisher.

Six of Donne’s sermons, not included here, were published during his lifetime; seven more, including Death’s Duell, were printed soon after his death, and an eighth was printed anonymously in 1638. These two voumes, and the third collection issued in 1661, ‘include the seven posthumous sermons ... but the remaining 147, with the exception of the one which had been issued anonymously in 1638, had not been printed before’ (Keynes).

STC 1738 and Wing D 1682; Keynes 29 and 30.

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