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CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS WAREHOUSE,
C. F. CLAY, MANAGER.
Leipzig: F. A. BROCKHAUS.
(All Rights reserved)
HE text of this volume is that of the first collected
edition of Cowley's works, a folio volume (ūļins. 7 ins.) published in 1668, the year after his death.
This folio contains An Account of the Life and Writings of M* ABRAHAM COWLEY. Written to M' M. CLIFFORD,' by Thomas Sprat (later, Dean of Westminster and Bishop of Rochester), following W. Faithorne's engraved portrait of Cowley and the title page (see p. vii), and preceding the Dedicatory Elegy and Cowley's Preface (see pp. I, 4). The ‘Account'states that 'Mr. Cowley in his Will recommended to my care the revising of all his Works that were formerly printed, and the collecting of those Papers which he had design’d for the Press. And he did it with this particular Obligation, That I should be sure to let nothing pass, that might seem the least offence to Religion or good Manners....According to his desire and his own intention, I have now set forth his Latin and English Writings, each in a Volume apart; and to that which was before extant in both Languages, I have added all that I could find in his Closet, which he had brought to any manner of perfection.'
The present volume contains the four parts' which had constituted the earlier folio of 1656, referred to in Cowley's Preface (p. 9). It also contains the · Verses written on several occasions,' published by Cowley in 1663, after an unauthorised edition had been printed in Dublin. A few verse translations,