Donne, John (1572-1631) Biathanatos. A Declaration of that Paradoxe or Thesis that Self-homicide is not so Naturally Sin, that it May Never Be Otherwise. London: Printed for Humphrey Moseley, and are to be sold at his shop at the Princes Armes in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1648. First edition, second issue, with cancel title, quarto, title page printed in red and black, decorated initials, list of authors cited precedes signature A, final blanks Ee3 and 4 present, bound in contemporary ruled sheepskin, neatly rebacked in calfskin, lettered in gilt on spine, with later wove endleaves and pastedowns in keeping with the feel of the original, board edges somewhat frayed, ex libris W.E. Hope Vere, Craigie Hall, Craigie Hall Library, with two bookplates inside the front board, never trimmed, 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.
Responsibility for publication of this controversial tract was conferred in death by Donne to his son. Circulated only in manuscript during the poet's lifetime, this is the first published version of the text presented to the public.
[para]3, cancel title, (*)2, A/[para]4, A-Z4, Aa-Ee4 (Ee3 & Ee4 blank & present).
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