Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1973. Fourth Edition. Super octavo (25.2 x 19.7 cm), xi + 400 pp, illustrated throughout in line and tone. General Preface, Contents, Illustrations, Abbreviations, Prose Works (Pseudo-Martyr, Conclave Ignati, Sermons, Devotions, Juvenilia, Biathanatos, Essays in Divinity, Letters); Poetical Works (Occasional Pieces, Anniversaries, Collected Poems, Selected Poems and Prose including Translations and musical settings; Walton’s ‘Life of Donne’; Appendixes (I: Works by John Donne D.C.L.; II: Works by John Done; III: Books dedicated to Donne; IV: Books from Donne’s Library; V: Biography and Criticism—An annotated check-list (1594-1971); VI: Iconography; Libraries Consulted, List of Printers and Publishers, 1607-1719, General Index. Bound in black cloth, lettered on red spine panel in gold, with other gold lettering on mid- and lower-spine, light grey dust jacket with front cover and spine lettered in red and black and jacket front cover in red and black with Donne’s first seal depicting a sheaf of snakes in red.
One 4 mm mark on dust jacket at bottom of front cover at left, no tears. Fine / near fine. Item #866
Sir Geoffrey Keynes’s Bibliography of John Donne was first published in 1914 (300 copies), with revised and enlarged editions in 1932 (350 copies) and 1958 (750 copies). The Fourth Edition, designed to mark the quater-centenary of Donne’s birth, was again much enlarged, reflecting the ever-growing interest in the work of John Donne. In the Fourth Edition of 1973, the bibliographical prefaces were rewritten where necessary to update information, and the sections of Biography and Criticism, especially relating to the 17th, 18th and 20th centuries, were extended. The record of books from Donne’s library was increased to 216 titles, and all the title pages of Donne’s works were reproduced in facsimile, with 12 reproductions from engraved portraits and manuscripts included, as was the Bodleian Library’s verse letter.