Lot 205
  • 205

Cowley, Abraham

3,000 - 5,000 USD
1,875 USD
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  • Four Poetical Works
  • printed book
One in Latin, one a collaborative translation (by Cowley, Francis Willis, John Oldham, and Thomas Wood) of the "Anacreontea"—poems incorrectly attributed to Anacreon—and two works of a distinctly anti-Cromwellian bent (of which one is partly in prose and partly in verse). All but one first editions, various formats, contemporary and modern bindings; condition generally good.

A Vision, Concerning His Late Pretended Highnesse Cromwell, the Wicked: Containing a Discourse in Vindication of Him by a Pretended Angel, and the Confutation Thereof by the Author. London: Printed for Henry Herringman, 1661. 12mo. Lacks the final three blanks. Contemporary calf; spine slightly defective, upper hinge cracked.  A reissue of The Visions and Prophecies Concerning England, Scotland, and Ireland, with A1–4 cancelled by a new title-page and preface. (Wing C6695; ESTC R17195). provenance: Harold Greenhill; H. Bradley Martin. acquisition: Ximenes. — Poemata Latina. London: T[homas]. Roycroft for Jo[hn]. Martyn, 1668. 8vo. Engraved portrait by William Faithorne, title within double-ruled border, divisional title-page at 2A5r for the miscellany, includes a life of Cowley by the editor, Thomas Sprat. Contemporary mottled calf; some oxidation to mottling. First edition (Wing C6680; ESTC R18770; Pforzheimer 232). provenance: John Hay, Marquess of Tweedale. — A Poem on the Late Civil War. London: printed [for Langley Curtis], 1679. 4to. Uncut. Modern red morocco gilt. First edition  (Wing C6679; ESTC R18756; Pforzheimer 231). provenance: Robert Hoe; David Borowitz. acquisition: Maggs, 22 October 1991. — Anacreon. Oxford: Printed by L. Lichfield ... for Anthony Stephens, 1683. 8vo. Contemporary calf; leather crazed, rebacked. First edition (Wing A3046; ESTC R7394; Pforzheimer 224). provenance: R.E. Middleton. acquisition: Bernard Quaritch.