London: Jacob Tonson, 1700. First Collected Edition. Folio, pp. [648.] A nice clean tall copy with the half-title; with some minor foxing. Bound in contemporary calf (chipped, front cover separate), Bookplate, A nice clean copy. Macdonald 37a. NCBEL II 447. Pforzheimer 326. Wing D2278. Item #43630
A collection of some twelve thousand verses, which "again show Dryden’s energy of thought and language undiminished by age" (DNB), including paraphrases or translations of the first book of the ‘Iliad’, some of Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’, and tales from Chaucer and Boccaccio. There is also a poem ‘To my Honoured Kinsman John Driden’, verses addressed to the Duchess of Ormond, and lines on ‘A Fair Maiden lady who died at Bath’ [the wife of Lord Abingdon]. The preface, written in fine prose, contains an excellent appreciation of Chaucer as well as attacks on Milbourne and Sir Richard Blackmore, and a reply to Jeremy Collier’s attack on the stage.