A. Cowley - The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley - 1681

A. Cowley - The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley - 1681
Heraldry, War history - Quantity: 1 - tipped in plates - Book

The complete works of Abraham Cowley. A collection in a single large-sized volume.

An Account of the Life and Writings of A.C. Written to M. Clifford - Elegia - Preface of the Author - On the Death of A.C - Miscellanies - The Mistress - Pindarique Odes - Davideis - Davideidos Liber Primus - Verses Written on Several Occasions - Davideis, A Sacred Poem of the Troubles of David - Notes upon the second Book - Davideis In Four Books - Davideidos Liber Primus - Verses Written on Several Occasions - A Proposition for the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy - Cutter of Coleman-street.

Abraham Cowley (1616-67), known for being already a refined poet in his early youth, published his first volume of verses at the age of 15. He became one of the most popular poets of his time. He was a fervent realist who served at the court of Enrichetta Maria, queen in exile, wife of Charles I, who helped encode and decipher messages sent by supporters of the monarchy, including the royal couple itself. Despite being arrested and imprisoned as a monarchist agent at one point, Cowley escaped Cromwell and retired to the country in 1663.

When he died, Cowley received the extraordinary honour of a burial with great pomp in Westminster Abbey (“the most sumptuous funeral ever given to a mere man of letters in England”).

Coeval full leather binding, spine with five ribs and missing parts, very sturdy binding, loose boards (see photos), engraved title page, frontispiece illustrated with the portrait of the author, ex libris of the Sutcliffe family. Clear and well printed pages. Pp: [38] 41, 80, [2] 79. 154, 23, 148.

Full title:
The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley.
Consisting of Those Which Were Formerly Printed: And Those Which he Design'd for the Press,
Now Published Out of the Authors Original Copies
By Mr Abraham Cowley
London, Printed by J. M. For Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the Blue Anchor in the Lower Walk 1681.

Lot details
Number of Books
Heraldry, War history
Author/ Illustrator
A. Cowley
Book Title
The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
London, Printed by J. M. For Henry Herringman
Binding/ Material
tipped in plates
Number of pages
312×212 mm
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