The Lives of Dr John Donne, Sir Henry Wotton, Mr Richard Hooker, Mr George Herbert … to which are added some Letters written by Mr George Herbert, at his being in Cambridge: with others to his Mother, the Lady Magdalen Herbert, written by John Donne, afterwards Dean of St. Pauls …

London, printed by Tho. Newcomb for Richard Marriott … 1670.

8vo., pp. [12], 88; 79, [1], 56, 77-140, 104, with the four engraved portraits of Donne, Wotton, Hooker, and Herbert, all in fine impressions, but lacking the blanks A1 and A8; the title page a trifle dusty, tear to the portrait of Donne, repaired; a good copy in recent dark calf.


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First collected edition of Walton’s celebrated lives of poets and divines. ‘If its rarity was as great as its merit it would be one of the most coveted books of the period’ (Pforzheimer). The biography of Wotton was published as part of Reliquiae Wottonianae (1651); Walton’s life of Donne first appeared in the edition of Donne’s LXXX Sermons in 1640; the biography of Hooker was first published in 1665; and The Life of George Herbert appeared in the same year as this edition.

Wing W 671; Keynes, Donne, 61; Pforzheimer 1056.

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