1682 Absalom & Achitophel John Dryden English Poetry Political Satire Charles II

DRYDEN, John

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“But far more numerous was the herd of such,

Who think too little, and who talk too much.” 

― John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

 

John Dryden was a 17th-century English poet who was known as England’s very first Poet Laureate and would lead England into a literary period that would become known as the Age of Dryden. He also established standard forms of English poetry though his satires, fables, epigrams, poems, and plays.

 

“Absaom and Achitophel” was a satirical poem by Dryden first published in 1681 and follows the standard meter than Druden established as the norm. This allegorical poem follows the Biblical story of Absalom’s rebellion from King David, but represents Charles II and the Exclusion Crisis, the Popish Plot, and the Monmouth Rebellion. This short work is considered as “the finest political satire in the English language” by the Cambridge Guide to English Literature.

 

This example is a second edition, even though the dating has been cut-off, the edition is stated on the title page.

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1682 Absalom & Achitophel John Dryden English Poetry Political Satire Charles II

 

“But far more numerous was the herd of such,

Who think too little, and who talk too much.” 

― John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

 

John Dryden was a 17th-century English poet who was known as England’s very first Poet Laureate and would lead England into a literary period that would become known as the Age of Dryden. He also established standard forms of English poetry though his satires, fables, epigrams, poems, and plays.

 

“Absaom and Achitophel” was a satirical poem by Dryden first published in 1681 and follows the standard meter than Druden established as the norm. This allegorical poem follows the Biblical story of Absalom’s rebellion from King David, but represents Charles II and the Exclusion Crisis, the Popish Plot, and the Monmouth Rebellion. This short work is considered as “the finest political satire in the English language” by the Cambridge Guide to English Literature.

 

This example is a second edition, even though the dating has been cut-off, the edition is stated on the title page.

 

Item number: #1359

Price: $950

 

DRYDEN, John

 

Absalom and Achitophel : a poem

 

London Printed for J.T [Jacob Tonson]., and are to be sold by [W. Davis, 1682.] ‘The Second Edition; Augmented and Revised’

 

Details:

  • Collation textually complete: [3], 27
  • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
  • Reference: Wing D 2218; Stapleton, Cambridge Guide to English Literature, “Dryden”;
  • Provenance:
    • Handwritten – W. Radford, 1781.
    • Handwritten – Cary, 1934.
  • Language: English
  • Size: ~8in X 6in (20cm x 15cm)
  • Very rare with no other example for sale worldwide at present

 

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1359

Categories

Law & Government

Literature

Authors

DRYDEN, John

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete