Donne, John. 8vo. stiff paper wrappers. xii, 167+(1) pages. Printed in an edition limited to 300 numbered copies by the University Press and distributed by Bernard Quaritch. The second publication of The Baskerville Club, with a list of members. The first complete bibliography of the writings of John Donne (1573-1631). Illustrated with four engravings, including a portrait of Donne at 18 as frontispiece, and twelve reproductions of early title-pages. Covers spotted and foxing and staining of text block. Spine ends chipped. Stain in corner of front cover. Two bookplates on front inside cover.
Copy No. 111. Spine bumped, some marks and a small abrasion to the boards, contents slightly browned, otherwise Good. Edition limited to 300 copies. Quarter-cloth and printed boards, top edge gilt, 4to, xii, 167 pp, ills, facs. 154 entries. The first, limited, edition of Keynes' pioneering bibliography of Donne, and the first of many distinguished bibliographies by him. Fulton, in "The Great Medical Bibliographers", credits Keynes "for having developed the pattern for humanized personal bibliography which has done so much to transform a dull and dreary subject into an art that is both exciting and highly informative", continuing ". in 1914. the Cambridge University Press brought out his bibliography of Donne, a book which immediately attracted wide notice among English scholars both in Britain and in this country. Here was a new method of approaching the contributions of a man-his writings were anatomized with the closest scrutiny, and through such analysis his intellectual development could be traced and elucidated." This book was the second, and last, publication of the Baskerville Club and Keynes has described how he delivered the book to the Cambridge University Printer for printing: "He listened to my amateur views and prejudices in favour of Caslon Old Face type, and using as many 'swash letters' as possible in headlines and elsewhere."
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