Recent quarter calf, round spine; raised bands accented with gilt beading, gilt center devices in spine compartments, and two green spine labels. Combed-pattern marbled paper sides. Lacks the half-title, only; occasional light foxing. A very good copy of an interesting and now uncommon book. (22228)
While Wing claims that there was a previous Sheldonian edition in 1696, identical except for the absence of the “typis Junianis” on the title-page, all other sources we consulted give the publication date as 1698, and no institutionally held copies of a 1696 edition could be located (ESTC gives a “place-holder record” based on the Wing number). In addition, The History of Oxford University Press, which agrees with 1698 as the first appearance of the work, notes that due to alarm over Thwaites' having dedicated it to the nonjuring George Hickes, it was almost suppressed and had to be issued with a new title-page removing the Vice-Chancellor's imprimatur — which might well explain the confusion.
This production was modestly but beautifully embellished withengravings done by Michael Burghers, being a dramatic engraved frontispiece (signature trimmed in this copy) and a pairing of large headpiece and decorative capital opening both the preface and the text, all of which preserve Burghers' attribution.
Darlow & Moule 1606; Wing (rev. ed.) B2198; NCBEL, II, 1792; ESTC R4371. See Terry, Poetry & the Making of the English Literary Past, p. 114. Contemporary mottled calf, covers framed and panelled in blind with blind-tooled corner fleurons, rebacked in 20th century with gilt-stamped title, black-ruled raised bands, and black-stamped floral decorations in spine compartments; original leather worn and (expectably) acid-pitted. Modern plain endpapers; frontispiece tipped in. Frontispiece and title-page with a sprinkling of unobtrusive pinhole worming in upper portions, and a few instances only of light soil, spotting, or staining. Paper strong and bright, notable as having provided a good base for crisp taking of the ink of the type and engravings. (39008)