4to., pp. , 406, wanting the preliminary and terminal blanks; title-page browned and brittle at edges (offset from the turn-ins), trace of a fore-edge label to L1, closed tear in Mm3, scattered pen-trials throughout; early signatures to title-page: John Sparke and ‘[ ] Powell Richmond Waterman’, and with a quotation from Ovid added between the horizontal rules; withal a good copy in modern panelled calf.
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First edition of what may arguably be called the greatest poetical collection of the seventeenth century. This is the issue (precedence not established, but presumably the first) without the inserted leaves 2A2 (‘The Printer to the Understanders’ and ‘Hexastichon Bibliopolae’) and with Nn1 in its uncorrected state, without a headline on the recto.
STC 7045; Keynes 78; Pforzheimer 296; Hayward 54.