Poems: viz. I. Miscellanies. II. The Mistress, or, Love Verses. III. Pindarique Odes. And IV. Davideis, or, a Sacred Poem of the Troubles of David
General title, separate dated title-pages for The Mistress, Pindarique Odes, and Davideis with separate paginations and register
by Cowley, Abraham
London: Printed [by Thomas Newcombe] for Humphrey Moseley, 1656. First collected edition. General title, separate dated title-pages for The Mistress, Pindarique Odes, and Davideis with separate paginations and registers, errata on b4r. Folio. Contemporary calf; several old scrapes to upper board. First collected edition. General title, separate dated title-pages for The Mistress, Pindarique Odes, and Davideis with separate paginations and registers, errata on b4r. Folio. Cowley was wrongly arrested in April 1656 during the aborted Royalist uprising. "While in prison Cowley had prepared a major collection of his verse for publication. Poems (1656) omits the juvenilia and the political poems, but reprints The mistress. It also includes Miscellanies, a gathering of occasional poems, among them the elegies on Harvey and Crashaw, and the Anacreontics, some innocently bacchanalian imitations of the Anacreontea, then thought to be authentic poems of Anacreon; four books of the Davideis, an unfinished epic on the early career of David; and the Pindarique odes, which include imitations of two of Pindar's odes and several original poems executed in the same semi-irregular strophaic form" (ODNB). Wing C6683; ESTC R16216; Pforzheimer 233
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