The editor of this collection was perhaps taking a bit of a gamble in producing it, as the poet had been rather out of favour for 100 years or so - but his instincts were evidently correct, as interest was growing by the latter part of the 20th century.
Edmund Waller, FRS (1606–1687) was an English poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1679. A moderator and concilator by nature, he managed to move successfully through the turbulent 17th century, serving both Cromwell and the King at different stages, and always urging a sensible 'middle way' on his more fiery contemporaries. Although hugely popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, by the 19th century his work was out of favour and his reputation declined, though a minor revival began in the late 20th century.
Our copy is no. 195 of a limited edition of 200 copies, bound in light green cloth with a white japon vellum spine on which the title and editor's name are in plain gilt letters (a little faded). The exterior is in excellent condition for its age, with just some minor bumping of corners and a very little edgewear, most noticeable at the bottom. Inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; silk page marker present. Edges are roughcut at the side and bottom, and gilded at the top. Free endpapers are rather browned, and the front fep has an ink-written previous owner's name. A B/W pasted portrait of the poet is sited between the Preface and the Introduction. A very nice, collectable copy.