Poems, &c. Written upon several Occasions, and to several Persons - Edmond [Edmund] Waller 1705 - Printed by T. W. for the Assignes of H.H. and sold by J. Thonson and T. Bennet, London - The Seventh Edition, with several Additions, Never before Printed A clean copy of Waller’s poems, thoughts and several speeches, and includes his most well known poem ‘Song. Go Lovely Rose’ (p.52). With engraved portrait frontispiece of the author by P. Vanderbank.

Edmund Waller (1606-87), was an English poet and one of the longest serving members of the English House of Commons. Educated at Eton and Cambridge. He came from a wealthy family, and played little part in the political struggles of the period prior to the First English Civil War in 1642. Despite this, he was Royalist in sympathy and was accused in 1643 of organising a plot to seize London for Charles I. He allegedly escaped the death penalty by paying a large bribe, while several conspirators were executed, including his brother-in-law. Waller’s sentence was commuted to a comfortable exile in France and Switzerland until allowed home in 1651 by Oliver Cromwell, a distant relative. He returned to Parliament after The Restoration in 1660 of Charles II.

“Waller’s adoption of smooth, regular versification prepared the way for the heroic couplet’s emergence by the end of the century as the dominant form of poetic expression. His importance was fully recognized by his age. “Mr. Waller reformed our numbers,” said John Dryden, who, with Alexander Pope, followed him and raised the couplet to its most concentrated form.” [Encyclopaedia Britannica].
  Octavo (binding size 19.8x12.8cm), pp. [2] [1 (engraved frontis)] [1] [1 (Title)][1] [3 (’The Printer to the Reader’)] [1 (’Postscript’)] 1-299 [5 (’The Table’)] [1 (Title)] [1] [8 (’The Preface’)] 303-420 [2].   Bound in recent three-quarter tan calf over matching cloth, spine lettered in gilt.   Condition: Near fine, generally clean throughout, in fine binding.   Ref: 110609   Price: HK$ 1,100