A Poem Upon the Death of His Late Highness, Oliver, Lord Protector of England, Scotland, & Ireland. Written by Mr. Dryden.

Publisher: London: Printed for William Wilson, 1659 [but circa 1691-3].
Edition: A later separate edition, often incorrectly thought to be the first separate edition.
Bibliographical References: Macdonald, Dryden, 3f; Pforzheimer 336; NCBEL II, 441.
Condition: Paper a bit browned; very good copy.
Book ID: 27493


4to, modern straight-grain green morocco rebacked, maroon leather label, gilt rules and lettering.


A famous poem by John Dryden on Oliver Cromwell, first published with poems by Edmund Waller and Thomas Sprat in 1659. It was reprinted several times without Dryden's permission, including a few times under the title "An Elegy on the Usurper" by those seeking to damage Dryden's reputation. According to Pforzheimer "This edition . . . was intended for inclusion in Tonson's four-volume collection of Dryden's works, 1693. That collection now rarely occurs intact for it has almost always been broken-up for the sake of the separate pieces, particularly for the present which from the imprint was long thought to be the first separate printing of the poem."

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