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1 BURNS, ROBERT. Complete Works of Robert Burns (Self -Interpreting) Illustrated
Illustrated with Sixty Etchings and Wood Cuts, Maps and Facsimiles.
 1896 Bound green cloth with paper title labels Bound green cloth with paper title labels printed in red and black, title labels chipped and rubbed, cloth rubbed at extremities, water spots on covers of first two vols (vol. 1, parts 1 & 2), top page edges gilt, other edges untrimmed, green vine & floral endpapers with bookplate of M.S. Carothers, light foxing throughout--heavier on a few pages, printed on heavy paper, good+ condition. book Octavo Philadelphia, The Gebbie Publishing Co., Limited, 1896. 
BURNS, ROBERT. The Complete Works of Robert Burns (Self -Interpreting) Illustrated with Sixty Etchings and Wood Cuts, Maps and Facsimiles. [small woodcut] [volume & part] Philadelphia, The Gebbie Publishing Co., Limited, 1896. 6 vols bound in 12. Octavo.

Bound green cloth with paper title labels printed in red and black, title labels chipped and rubbed, cloth rubbed at extremities, water spots on covers of first two vols (vol. 1, parts 1 & 2), top page edges gilt, other edges untrimmed, green vine & floral endpapers with bookplate of M.S. Carothers, light foxing throughout--heavier on a few pages, printed on heavy paper, good+ condition. Titles printed in red and black. At the bottom of the half-title of vol 1 is printed: "One Hundred Copies only of the Centenary Edition have been printed for sale, each of which will be numbered. This Copy No. 5." The "5" is written in red and stamped over it is the blind embossed stamp of the Gebbie Publishing Co. Limited.

A quite nice edition of Burns. At the head of each poem, song or letter is printed where and when it was first published. The Scotch words are printed in italics, and their English meaning, in small type appears at the end of each line. The date of the compositions, and the age of the Poet at the period, appear at the head of each alternate page. Included are historical notes after each item. Many have music with them or at least give the name of the tune they were sung to. The final volume contains chronological and topographical table of Burns' works, a lengthy Scottish glossary with examples from Burns' works, an index of first lines, an index to Burns' letters, and finally a general index. Plus there are sixty-some fine etchings, maps, facsimiles, etc.
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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., COWLEY, ABRAHAM
2 COWLEY, ABRAHAM 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.
The Works of Mr. Abraham Cowley, Third Edition, London, 1672 1672 Third Edition Bound early plain calf boards, sometime recently leather boards pocked and rubbed, worn through leather at corners, lacks front free endpaper, rear free endpaper pasted to paste-down along inside edge, many notations in old ink in the margins, 1 marginal tear repaired, mark on endpapers, light foxing, light damp stain in outer margins. Folio, 19.7 x 29.9 x 4.2cm. London 
COWLEY, ABRAHAM. 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. The Third Edition. [small woodcut device] London, Printed by J.M. for Henry Herringgman, at the Sign of the Blue Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange. 1672. Folio, 19.7 x 29.9 x 4.2cm. $425.00

Abraham Cowley (1618-1667), "one of the English metaphysical poets. He published his first volume of verse, Poetical Blossoms (1633), when he was 15. While a student at Cambridge, Cowley wrote three plays and began the scriptural epic Davideis (1656), in which he developed the use of the couplet as a vehicle for narrative verse. As a result of the Puritan uprising he left Cambridge and in 1656 went to France, where he served as secretary and royalist agent for Queen Henrietta Maria. Cowley's principal works include The Mistress (1647), a love cycle written in the manner of John Donne; Poems (1656), including the Pindaric odes and the elegies on Richard Crashaw and William Hervey; and Verses on Several Occasions (1663), including "To the Royal Society," an ode recalling his earlier prose tract Proposition for the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy (1661)."--"Cowley, Abraham." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2014. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

"In 1647 he published The Mistress, a collection of poems, included with revisions in the Poems of 1656, which contained other poems as well, including his odes and the unfinished Davideis, a biblical epic. His odes made this form the vehicle for grandiose invention and influenced poetry for the next century. More verses appeared in 1663, and in 1668 his posthumous Works made additional poetry and his essays available... The lyrics of The Mistress were influenced by metaphysical and cavalier traditions. They lack the virtues of the poetry they imitate, however, and thus served Dr. Johnson well in the next century when he chose them to illustrate the shortcomings of the metaphysical school. Cowley's religious epic, however, is the work of a man of common sense and rationality."--"Abraham Cowley." Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Encyclopedia.com. 4 Mar. 2015 .

Bound early plain calf boards, sometime recently rebacked with earlier title label, decorative stamp in blind in spine panels, raised bands, leather boards pocked and rubbed, worn through leather at corners, lacks front free endpaper, rear free endpaper pasted to paste-down along inside edge, many notations in old ink in the margins, 1 marginal tear repaired, mark on endpapers, light foxing, light damp stain in outer margins.

Engraved portrait of Cowley at frontispiece--"W. Faithorne Sculp." A few woodcut initials. Large armorial engraved bookplate on front paste-down endpaper but print at bottom cut off. "Maria Louisa Whyte, Barrow Hill" written on front paste-down endpaper, and in a very large hand "Henry Hunloke." The Mistress, Pidarique Odes, and Davideis, a sacred poem each have separate dated title pages and pagination. Register is continuous.

Collation: frontispiece, title leaf, a-c4, B-Ccc4, Ddd2, A-S2, T2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (24) Life of Cowley, (3) Elegia Dedicatoria, (1) blank, (12) Author's Preface, 1-41 Miscellanies, (1) blank; (1) title--The Mistress, (1) blank, 3-80 (p. 45 misnumbered 41); (1) title--Pindarique Odes, (1) blank, (2) preface, 1-70 [i.e., 68] (pagination skips numbers 59-60); (1) title--Davideis, (1) blank, 3-154; 1-23 Davideidos, (1) blank; 1-148 Verses...several occasions. Wing C6651. Online ESTC Cit.# R2839.
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The Task.  A Poem.  In Six Books., COWPER, WILLIAM.
3 COWPER, WILLIAM. The Task. A Poem. In Six Books.
Scarce Printing of William Cowper's The Task, Philadelphia, 1809. OCLC locates only Brigham Young Univ. Libr. & Univ. of Virginia. 1809 Bound full calf with black morocco title label an top 1.2 & bottom 1.7cm of spine strip chipped away, leather splitting along hinges, worn through leather at bumped corners, rubbed & scuffed some, lacks front free endpapers and flyleaf, front free endpaper & rear endpapers and flyleaf heavily foxed & browned, contents with medium foxing. book Small volume, 6.9 x 11.4 x 1.7cm. Philadelphia, Published by B. & T. Kite. T. & G. Palmer, printers. 
COWPER, WILLIAM. The Task. A Poem. In Six Books. By William Cowper, of the Inner Temple, Esq. Philadelphia, Published by B. & T. Kite. T. & G. Palmer, printers. 1809. Small volume, 6.9 x 11.4 x 1.7cm. $45.00 William Cowper, 1731-1800, English poet. "Physically and emotionally unfit for the professional life, he was admitted to the bar but never practiced. After a battle with insanity, Cowper retired to the country, taking refuge with the family of Mrs. Mary Unwin, whose life-long devotion to him he celebrates in "To Mary." Most of his country life was spent at Olney, where he met John Newton, the ardent evangelical preacher. He contributed to Newton's Olney Hymns (1779)... including the two commencing "Oh for a closer walk with God" and "God moves in a mysterious way." His hymns, while expressing the hope of the new humanitarian religious revival, often gave way to religious despair and self-distrust. After Newton left Olney, Cowper, having recovered from another period of insanity, turned to writing about simple homely subjects, producing his famous long poem, The Task (1785). Its descriptions of the sights and sounds of country life foreshadowed 19th-century romanticism. Cowper's sweet-tempered, playful moods found a way into many of his poems, the most notable being "The Diverting History of John Gilpin." He also made a relatively unsuccessful translation of Homer (1791). After the death of Mrs. Unwin in 1796, his old malady returned, and he wrote little except the anguished poem, "The Castaway." His letters are considered among the most brilliant in English literature."--"Cowper, William." The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed.. 2015. Encyclopedia.com. 3 Nov. 2015 . Bound full calf with black morocco title label and double gilt fillet lines dividing spine into panels, top 1.2 & bottom 1.7cm of spine strip chipped away, leather splitting along hinges, worn through leather at bumped corners, rubbed & scuffed some, lacks front free endpapers and flyleaf, front free endpaper & rear endpapers and flyleaf heavily foxed & browned, contents with medium foxing. Collation: A-K8, L2. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (1) advertisement, (1) blank, [5]-164pp. OCLC locates only Brigham Young Univ. Libr. & Univ. of Virginia. (17873) 
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4 LETCHE Sacred Poetry. [6 lines quotes] First American from the Thirteenth
19TH-AM-NY-NY-LEAVITT 
[LETCHE, J. P]. Sacred Poetry. [6 lines quotes] First American from the Thirteenth English Edition. New-York: Leavitt, Lord & Co. Boston: Crocker & Brewster. 1836. D. Fanshaw, Printer. (Printed by A. Balfour & Co., Niddry Street)--from bottom of last page. 7.6 x 11.7 cm. Bound publisher's tan cloth with woven design in cloth and gilt title and decoration on spine, spine ends chipped, worn and chipped through cloth at corners, loose edges pasted back down along hinges, light to medium foxing--heavier on endpapers, small dampstain on first few pages, a few dog-ears. Pencil inscription on front free endpaper: "Alfred T. Fiske, Providence, R.I." Collation: Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, [iii]-iv preface, [v]-xii, [13]-384pp. Index of first lines, and a general index. 276 hymns. Words only. American Imprints #38511 (5 libraries) OCLC with 7 libraries. "Experience has amply refuted Dr. Johnson's observation, that Devotional Poetry is always unsatisfactory... There are, indeed many, whose hopes are bounded by this present world, who endeavour to lull the voice of conscience, and are not disposed to lay to heart the great and momentous concerns of eternity. Such persons, not doubt, dislike Sacred Poetry, especially when it embodies Scriptural sentiment. The natural opposition of the human mind to the truth as it is in Jesus, will excite disgust against evangelical topics, in whatever dress they are presented; but we are not, on this account, to deprive others of the pleasure and benefit which the contemplation of the divine character is fitted to bestow; or to neglect a mode of raising the mind to God, which is sanctioned by the example of inspiration, while its advantages have been experienced by believers in every age..."--Preface. We offer the First American edition. 
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5 NORRIS Collection of Miscellanies: Consisting of Poems, Essays, Discourses an
1749 18TH-ENG-LOND-BEECROFT 
NORRIS, JOHN. Collection of Miscellanies: Consisting of Poems, Essays, Discourses and Letters. Occasionally Written. By John Norris, M.A. late Rector of Bemerton near Sarum. Carefully Revised, Corrected and Improved by the Author. The Tenth Edition. [Bible & crown woodcut device.] London: Printed for John Beecroft, at the Bible and Crown, overagainst the New Church in Lombard street. 1748.BR>Duodecimo. Bound full red morocco single gilt fillet lines separating spine into 6 panels, gilt title, cover & edges outlined in same single gilt roll, gilt turn-ins, 2mm piece chipped from top of front hinge and from bottom of both hinges, spine quite darkened, cover very red, corners bumped, marbled endpapers, all pages edges gilt with a bit of gauffered design, marbled endpapers, light foxing. Woodcut head & tailpieces. Collation: A1-2, a1-4, B-Q12, R4. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (2) advertisement, (4) to the reader, (4) contents, [1]-366pp, (2)pp "A Catalogue of the Works of the Reverend John Morris, M.A. late Rector of Bemerton near Sarum. Not listed in Online ESTC which does list 11 printings from the first of 1687, to a 1740 edition. This 1749 edition not found in OCLC either.BR> John Norris (1657-1711) English philosopher and disciple of Malebranche, was associated with Cambridge Platonists. "All the writings that he considered to be worth preserving were included in A Collection of Miscellanies, which appeared in 1687. His thought at this period already shows a combination of Platonist and Cartesian elements, which was always to be characteristic of him, and several of the essays in the Miscellanies express ideas that he developed further in his later writings. The Miscellanies 
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