The Sermons of John Donne

Berkeley: University of California Press [Designed by Ward Ritchie], (1984). Hardcover. Ten volumes (complete), octavo size, 4365 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2249

While some of us came to know the great Anglican cleric John Donne (1572-1631) through his love poetry, it is his sermons that most influenced the world of his day. "There are 160 sermons by Donne extant. They are recognized as containing some of their author's greatest work, as comprising some of the very greatest sermons in the seventeenth century, and as essential material for anyone who is at all interested in the poet-preacher" (n.b., quote from back panel of dust jackets).

___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full brown cloth, gilt lettering and decorative rules on the spines, different frontispieces being reproductions of paintings, title pages, photographs, etc., a few additional illustrations throughout, marginal references printed throughout; octavo size (9.5" by 6.25"), pagination: Vol. I, [i-iv] v-xiv, 1-354; Vol. II, [i-iv] v-xii, 1-466; Vol. III, [i-iv] v-x, 1-434; Vol. IV, [i-iv] v-x, 1-419; Vol. V, [i-iv] v-viii, 1-430; Vol. VI, [i-iv] v-viii, 1-374; Vol. VII, [i-iv] v-viii, [1] 2-463; Vol. VIII, [i-iv] v-viii, 1-396; Vol. IX, [i-iv] v-viii, 1-444; and Vol. X, [i-vi] vii-xx, [1-2] 3-479. Light tan laid paper dust jackets, rectangular area on the front panels with a decorative border, green with black lettering, spines green with tan area for title, black lettering, summary of the work on the back panel, summary of each volume on the front and back flaps.

___CONDITION: Volumes are fine overall, the bindings clean and without blemishes, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the corners straight and unrubbed, the interiors clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; Volume V with the top corners gently bumped, else uniformly fine. The dust jackets are unclipped (although without any printed price) and are mostly near fine, a few volumes fine, a few volumes very good plus with a few areas of very light soiling and minor edgewear. Overall a lovely set.

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Price: $850.00