London: The Nonesuch Press, 1932. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 248 of 750, quarto size, 86 pp. Very good +. Item #CNBR141
John Donne (1572-1631), eminent English poet and primary figure among the metaphysical poets, delivered this sermon just before leaving on a journey to Bohemia in 1619, accompanying Viscount Doncaster; the sermon voices Donne's apprehensions for this trip (the Thirty Years War was just beginning in Germany). This volume comprises the version from "XXVI Sermons" of 1660 and the version from the Lothian and Ashmole manuscripts, providing a comparison between the two. In the earlier manuscript version, "[w]e seem to come closer to Donne in the pulpit, to the great preacher who moved his audience so profoundly. It is here the orator who stands revealed, there the writer for ever refining, tightening up, balancing his spoken words: so that even more interesting than the earlier version itself is the comparison of versions" (McKitterick 226).
A lovely book, the blind-embossin gon the front board must be seen to be appreciated; designed by Francis Maynell, printed by John Johnson, Printer to the University, at the Oxford University Press, using the famous Fell types. Of the 750 copies printed, 175 were reserved for sale in America, by Random House.
___DESCRIPTION: Full cream paper with black lettering on the spine, front board decorated in blind with arabesque and diaper patterns, yapp fore-edge, all edges uncut, title page in red and black, black-and-white decorative inital capitals at the beginning of both sermons; Fell and Caslon types, Auvergne handmade paper, quarto size (11.5" by 7.25"), pagination: [i-v]  2-79  [1 colophon], one of 750 copies, this number 248. Vintage bookseller ticket on the rear paste-down endpaper ("Harry Hartman Seattle").
___CONDITION: Volume is better than very good; with straight corners, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and, other than the bookseller ticket mentioned above, entirely free of prior owner markings; light overall soiling to the boards and spine, some age-toning to the front free endpaper and the recto of the following leaf and to the rear free endpaper and the verso of the preceding leaf, head and tail of the spine are very slightly rubbed, with a very small split to the top rear joint; even with these minor faults a lovely copy. Missing original glassine wrapper.
___CITATION: McKitterick, no. 86.
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