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DRUMMOND, William. The poems of william drummond of hawthornden.

Printed at Edinburgh. [Printed for the The Maitland Club, by Ballantyne and Co.], 1832.
Quarto. [8], xxiv, 418pp, [2]. With an engraved portrait, title, and leaf of autograph manuscript facsimile. Exquisitely bound in nineteenth-century gilt panelled red crushed morocco, with spine and boards richly decorated (the former with an elaborate combination of scallop, by J. Wright, with their stamp to verso of FFEP. Marbled endpapers, A.E.G. A trifle marked, with very light shelf-wear to extremities; beautifully preserved. Internally immaculate, but for light spotting to frontispiece, with the bookplates of Henry Cunliffe and R.J. Hayhurst to front endpapers.
William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585-1649), Scottish poet and man of letters. Dubbed the 'Scottish Petrarch', Drummond's greatest success was his prose work Cypresse Grove, an essay on the folly of the fear of death. That work is included here, in addition to his lifetime verse publications, the pageants composed for the Scottish Coronation of King Charles I, and 'posthumous poems' collected from the editions published after Drummond's death. Presented to the Maitland Club, a Glasgow-founded Scottish text publication society modelled on the Roxburghe and Bannatyne Clubs, by William Macdowall of Garthland, this edition, compiled from seventeenth-century editions by the bibliophile Thomas Maitland of Dundrennan, was produced solely for members in a run of just 68 copies.

A beautiful example of the fine binding and finishing for which London bookbinder John Wright (whom Ramsden designates 'a binder of the highest order') was renowned in the early Victorian age, with the bookplate (and presumably from the fine library) of Henry Cunliffe (1826-1894), English clergyman and bibliophile, owner of - inter alia - the beautifully executed Cunliffe Book of Hours, now at Utrecht University Library.
£ 1,250.00 Antiquates Ref: 20829