COWLEY, A[braham]. ODE, UPON THE BLESSED RESTORATION AND RETURNE OF OF HIS SACRED MAJESTIE, CHARLES THE SECOND. London: Printed for Henry Herringman ..., 1660. First edition. Small quarto. A- B4,C4(-4). 19 x 14.5 cm. [2],19,[1] pp. Missing the last leaf, a blank. The title-page has been remargined at top-edge, quite close to the tops of the letters in the first line, but without any loss of type. The paper is toned at top and bottom edges throughout, with occasional short edge-tears. The catchwords on pp. 8 and 9 are trimmed (the Pforzheimer bibliographer conjectures that "probably they are cut into in most copies for the text on these two pages is two lines longer than any other"), as are the page numbers on C2. Bound in Roxburghe style quarter straight- grain morocco with plain paper sides. The binding is shelfworn and lightly soiled, and starting at crown. Ex-library: Shelf label on upper board, bookplate at front pastedown, small blind-stamped seal on first two leaves, and an ink stamp on verso of t.p. Cowley (1618-67) supported the Royalist cause during the Civil War. His Ode was written at the Restoration in expectation of a reward, as were similar efforts by many others. Although he never did receive royal preferment, on his death Charles II remarked "That Mr Cowley had not left a better man behind him in England." He is buried in Westminster Abbey. (ESTC R202041; Pforzheimer 229).
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