Silex scintillans:

Vaughan (Henry)

Silex scintillans:

or, Sacred Poems and Priuate Eiaculations.

Description: FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the engraved title but wanting A1 (the Latin verse explanation), title a little soiled, bound in a little squint and trimmed within plate mark at fore-edge and lower margin, head of A4 torn away and repaired, with loss of drop-head title on recto and 4 lines on verso, sidenote on B3 cropped as nearly always, fore-edge of last leaf reinforced, pp. 110 (though wanting pp. 3 and 4), without the final blank, small 8vo, contemporary sheep, rebacked, corners and fore-edges slightly worn, the Gathorne Hardy/Col. C.H. Wilkinson/Juel-Jensen/Robert Ball copy

Publication Details: printed by T.W. [i.e. Thomas Walkley] for H. Blunden, 1650

Notes: A celebrated rarity. 'Vaughan's finest poetry was published in this rare volume. Its sales, however, were not large and unsold copies were re-issued with a second part in 1655' (Hayward). The 1655 edition is no commoner than this. 'Silex scintillans is indeed as great a sequence of religious lyrics as we have ... His finest lyrics challenge the best in their age; his achievements in rhythm have no peer until Hopkins; and if others had a better understanding of political process, none of his contemporaries understood better than he the relatedness of all living things and their relationship to ...more

Bibliography: (ESTC R148; Grolier, Wither to Prior 897; Hayward 81 - the defective Worcester College copy)

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Price: £18,000

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1650

Stock Number: 57606

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