Miscellany Poems: As Satyrs, Epistles, Love-Verses, Songs, Sonnets, &c ...

London, Printed for C. Brome ... J. Taylor ... and B. Tooke ... 1704.

Folio, pp. xlvi, [2], 64, 63-438, with a fine impression of the mezzotint portrait by Smith after Lely; some slight foxing but a fine copy in full red straight-grain morocco by Lloyd, gilt, bookplate of C. L. F. Robinson.

£875

Approximately:
US $0€0

Make an enquiry

First edition of a substantial collection of previously unpublished poems, edited from Wycherley’s manuscripts in a last-ditch attempt to relieve him from debt. ‘It was badly misjudged. Poems on a womans’s “Fair Back-Side” and on another’s “Fine Breasts” were entirely at odds with the new, chaster sensibility’ (Oxford DNB). To make matters worse, Wycherley’s Preface showered abuse on his critics, though it received appreciation from at least one contemporary reader, who has annototed the first page here: ‘A very fine (but somewhat too Prolix) Satyr upon resolved Criticks and Wou’d-be-Wits’, and marked several passages.

The final page optimistically concludes ‘The End of the First Volume’, but none further followed.

Hayward 138; Pforzheimer 1101, Foxon p. 907.

You may also be interested in...

[ILLENGEN, von, and Jakob FUNCK.]

Plans und journals von denen Belagerungen des letzteren Kriegs in Flandern, zusammen getragen von zweyen ausländischen Capitainen in französischen Diensten.

First edition in German: a French-language edition was issued in the same year by the same publisher. An account of Louis XV’s sieges in the Austrian Netherlands from 1744, when France joined the War of the Austrian Succession through an alliance with Prussia, to the conclusion of the conflict in 1748.

Read more

WITH CHARACTERS BY WEBSTER, DEKKER, AND DONNE OVERBURY, Sir Thomas.

Sir Thomas Overbury His Wife. With Additions of new Characters, and many other Witty Conceits never before printed. The sixteenth Impression.

Sixteenth edition of the most popular character book of the early seventeenth century.

Read more