4 Annotations

First Reading

Michael Robinson  •  Link

Cowley, Abraham, 1618-1667.
Verses, lately written upon several occasions, by Abraham Cowley.
London: printed for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at his shop on the lower walk in the New Exchange, 1663.
[4], 28, 27-58 p. ; 8⁰. Wing (2nd ed., 1994), C6693

A reissue, Licensed Aug 20th. (Stationer's Register ii 327), with cancel title page, of: "Verses, written upon several occasions" published by Herringman earlier in the year.

Pepys retained for his library the 4th. edition of Cowley's "Works," PL 2428:

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 fourth edition.
London : printed by J[ohn]. M[acock]. for Henry Herringman, at the sign of the Blue Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New Exchange, 1674.
[44], 41, [1], 80, [4], 58, 61-70, 154, 23, [1], 148 p.: port.; 2⁰.
Frontis. portrait (pi1v) of the author signed: W: Faithorne sculp: "The mistress", "Pindarique odes", and "Davideis, a sacred poem", each have separate dated title pages and pagination; register is continuous. Includes "An account of the life and writings of Cowley" by Thomas Sprat.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), C6652

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Verses, Lately Written upon several Occasions, By Abraham Cowley. London, Printed for Henry Herringman, and are to be sold at his Shop on the Lower walk in the New Exchange. 1663.

Most of these Verses, which the Author had no intent to publish, having been lately printed at Dublin without his consent or knowledge, and with many, and some gross mistakes in the Impression, He hath thought fit for his justification in some part to allow me to reprint them here.

Henry Herringman.

Some copies, in which the publisher's note is absent, can be met with, bearing on the title-page ' To which is added a Proposition for the Advancement of Experimental Philosophy, by the same Author'. These have bound in at the end the 1661 pamphlet named, separately paged [5 3/4 ins. x 3 3/4 ins.].…

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