8vo., pp. , 148, 151-166 (signatures and text continuous); title-page dusty and laid down (a little short at head, possibly supplied though we think not), but a good copy in nineteenth-century polished calf by Andrew Grieve of Edinburgh.
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The third of three editions in the same year, from an entirely new setting of type, with ‘Glasse’ rather than ‘Glass’ on the title-page, the errata formerly printed on L8 corrected, and the errors corrected in the caption title on p. 1
Wither, at odds with the authorities or the Stationers for most of his career, and a conspicuous supporter of Cromwell’s government, expressed some apprehension at the Restoration. His attitude, particularly in the unpublished verses ‘Vox Vulgi’, led to a spell of imprisonment. Speculum Speculativum, however, written in verse throughout, is dedicated to the King (‘If this Considering Glass comes accidentally to his View’), and there is a prefatory ‘Expostulation of the Author with Himself’, dated 13 December 1660, debating whether to publish or not (‘It hath now six months been expos’d to show, / And some say Forth in publick let it go. / Some, cry, Conceal it; for it may undo thee, / Or at the best, bring outward mischief to thee’).
Wing W 3193; Wither to Prior 1065 note.
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