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Davenant (Sir William) Gondibert: an heroick poem, first edition, title with woodcut printer's device, woodcut decorative initials and tail-pieces, N4 and Qq4 present in both cancelled and uncancelled states, first and last ff. blank, occasional spotting, light browning to edges, modern green crushed morocco, richly gilt, by Tout, g.e., [Wing D324; Pforzheimer 252 (mentioning this copy in regard to cancels], small 4to, printed by Tho. Newcomb for John Holden, and are to be sold at his shop at the sign of the Anchor in the Nevv-Exchange, 1651.

⁂ With an 'Answer to the Preface by Thomas Hobbes'. According to lettering to the spine of the binding this purports to be Abraham Cowley's copy. Indeed there are the initials 'A.C.' to title, but this provenance remains inconclusive.

Provenance: Jane Barkham; John Alured; William and Samuel Brandling (17th century ink inscriptions to recto of first blank); 'G. Thorn Drury, May 11, 1889'; H. Buxton Foreman; R.B. adam; Frank Brewer Bemis (bookplates).

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Davenant (Sir William) Gondibert: an heroick poem,

Estimate £400 - £600May 30
London, UK
Auction Curated By:
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Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
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Max Hasler
Modern First Editions and 20th Century Literature