Lot 201
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Cowley, Abraham — William King

2,500 - 3,500 USD
4,375 USD
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  • Poems of Mr Cowley and others, Composed into Songs and Ayres, with a Thorough Basse to the Theorbo, Harpsecon, or Base-viol, by William King Organist of New-Colledge, Oxford: Imprinted by William Hall, For the Author, 1668
  • ink, leather, vellum
Folio (275 x 170 mm); type-set music throughout, last page in table format, a few editorial annotations (eg G1), including numbering of the songs, price annotated on title (7s.6d.); tears to title and some other leaves repaired, first two leaves trimmed, corners restored at the beginning and end of the volume, N2 printed upside-down. Modern red half morocco.


John Wythie, composer; (his inscription to last page "Jo: Withie / his Booke. / 1668") — Bent Juel-Jensen (book-label).  acquisition: Juel-Jensen, 2007


Wing K543; ESTC R179271; Day & Murrie 27; Madan, III 2805; RISM K 626 & RISM Recueils 16689

Catalogue Note

first edition. This is the only contemporary edition of music by William King (c. 1624-1680), although much of his music remained in manuscript in Oxford. Of the twenty-four pieces by King, fourteen use poems from Cowley's Mistress (1656) and "Awake awake my lyre" is from his posthumously published Davideis.  Two of the songs are composed by George King and "E.Y.," possibly Edward Young.  The first owner is presumably John Withie (or Withy), the composer and viol-player; according to Anthony à Wood, Withie was "excellent for the lyra viol and improved the way of playing thereon much."