Essays of John Dryden
In two volumes
First edition, second impression. Two volumes (complete). Hardback bound in blue cloth with gilt titling to spine. 20 × 13.5cm, lxxviii + 324pp, 323pp.
A lengthy introduction and Dryden bibliography is followed the following essays: Epistle Dedicatory of the Rival Ladies (1664); Preface to Annus Mirabilis (1667); Of Dramatic Poesy, An Essay (1668); Prologue to Secret Love or the Maiden Queen (1668); Defence of an Essay of Dramatic Poesy (1668); Preface to an Evening's Love or the Mock Astrologer (1671); Of Heroic Plays, An Essay (1672); Epilogue to the Second Part of the Conquest of Granada (1672); Defence of the Epilogue (1672); The Author's Apology for Heroic Poetry and Poetic Licence (1677); Preface to All for Love (1678); Preface to Troilus and Cressida, Containing the Grounds of Criticism in Tragedy (1679); Preface to Ovid's Epistles (1680); Dedication of the Spanish Friar (1681); Preface to Sylvae (the Second Miscellany) (1685); Preface to Albion and Albanius (An Opera) (1685); Dedication of Examen Poeticum (1693); A Discourse Concerning the Original and Progress of Satire (1693); A Parallel of Poetry and Painting (1695); Dedication of the Aeneis (1697); Translation of Virgil: Postscript (1697); Preface to the Fables (1700).
A good reference set. Some rubbing and dulling to the blue cloth. Each volume has a previous owner's name to the ffep, and volume one has a fair amount of light and inoffensive pencilled marginal annotation.
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