8vo., pp. , 350, , with an engraved portrait frontispiece by David Loggan (second state, see Wither to Prior pp. 93-4, offset to titlepage) and two terminal advertisement leaves, but wanting the rare longitudinal half-title; some spotting to the preliminaries but a very good copy in early nineteenth century russia, spine gilt; armorial bookplate of James Maidment, with some biographical notes by him.
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Second edition, adding much new material including the poems ‘To his friend Thomas Stanley Esq. on his Odes’, ‘Cromwell’s Panegyrick’, and the salacious ‘Record in Rhyme’; eight songs; and some new commendatory verses in addition to the one by Isaak Walton. Also new is a commendatory letter signed ‘R.B.’, probably Richard Brathwaite.
Pforzheimer 105; Wing B 4853.
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