ROCHESTER AND ROSCOMMON

The Miscellaneous Works of the Right Honourable the late Earls of Rochester and Roscommon. With the Memoirs of the Life and Character of the late Earl of Rochester, in a Letter to the Dutchess of Mazarine. By Mons. St. Evremont. To which is added, a curious Collection of original Poems and Translations by the Earl of Dorset, The Lord S[ome]rs, the Lord H[alifa]x, The Lord G[ranvi]lle, Sir Roger L’Estrange, Mr. Otway, Mr. Prior, Mr. Walsh, Mr. Smith. Mr Rowe, &c.

London Printed: and sold by B. Bragge … 1707.

8vo., pp. [34], 134, [2], 32, ii, 161, [5], with an engraved frontispiece portrait of the Earl of Rochester [after Sir Peter Lely]; a very good copy in contemporary calf, recornered, front joint and headcap restored; early bookplate of Valentine Browne.

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First edition, oddly scarce, of the combined works of Rochester and Roscommon, prefaced by Evremont’s lively biographical account of Rochester. This collection formed the basis of most later-eighteenth-century editions (though without the second part, the miscellany of poems by others). It is the first edition of Rochester with a portrait. Included are ‘An Addition to the Satyr against Man’, ‘Tunbridge Wells’, and a number of satires on Charles, as well as several pieces first attributed to Rochester here, perhaps erroneously. The texts are said to be ‘Printed from the Original MS’, and at least ‘Tunbridge Wells’, though largely based on the version printed in State-Poems (1697) ‘has acquired a number of readings from a lost manuscript’ (Love).

ESTC shows eleven copies but only UCLA, North Carolina and Princeton in the US.

Case 242. In the classification of early editions by David M. Vieth this is the first printing in series C; see also The Works of John Wilmot Earl of Rochester, ed. Harold Love, Oxford, 1999.

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