London: Printed for Henry Herringman, 1663. A reissue, with cancel title-page. [iv], 58 pp. 8vo. Contemporary calf; a few old gouges, short tear on lower margin of C2, long tear cutting through a dozen lines of verse on D2. A reissue, with cancel title-page. [iv], 58 pp. 8vo. Scarce."In 1663 there appeared in Dublin a miscellany entitled Poems by several persons, containing verse mainly by Cowley, together with poems by Roger Boyle, Lord Orrery, Katherine Philips, and Clement Paman. Just how a Dublin printer should have come by the texts of poems by Cowley, some of them previously unpublished, is not entirely clear, though it seems plausible that Orrery, as a sometime patron of Cowley's, may have been responsible. Be that as it may, Cowley and his new publisher, Henry Herringman, acted quickly to secure the English copyright and supply a more accurate version of the texts, Verses, lately written upon several occasions. This slim volume contains emended texts of Cowley's poems from the Dublin volume, a reprint of his Restoration ode, and a previously unpublished ode upon Dr William Hervey, discoverer of the circulation of the blood. That it was very much an interim publication is shown by the subsequent relocation of six of the poems within the posthumous Essays in verse and prose" (ODNB). Wing C6693; ESTC R38829. Provenance: Anthony Fair (bookplate); Robert S Pirie
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