Letters to severall Persons of Honour ... published by John Donne Dr. of the Civill Law.

London, Printed by J. Flesher, for Richard Marriot ... 1651.

Small 4to., pp. [8], 318, [2], with the engraved frontispiece portrait by Lombart (cut round and mounted on blank A1 but with no loss of engraved surface), and the terminal blank; stain to edge of first few leaves; a sound copy in contemporary blind-ruled calf, rubbed, rebacked.


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First edition, first issue. In 1651, John Donne’s son ‘issued a volume containing 129 Letters to severall persons of honour; these letters were not “edited” by him according to the standards of the present day, as, although printed with reasonable care, their arrangement is irregular and they are for the most part without dates. Nevertheless they have much literary and biographical importance’ (Keynes). Among the recipients are Lord Herbert of Cherbury, the Countess of Bedford, and, most numerously, Sir Henry Goodere.

Wing D 1864; Keynes 55; Pforzheimer 295.

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