DRYDEN, JOHN. 1631-1700. Absalom and Achitophel. A Poem [WITH: The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel]. London: Jacob Tonson, 1681-82.

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DRYDEN, JOHN. 1631-1700.
Absalom and Achitophel. A Poem [WITH: The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel]. London: Jacob Tonson, 1681-82.

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DRYDEN, JOHN. 1631-1700.
Absalom and Achitophel. A Poem [WITH: The Second Part of Absalom and Achitophel]. London: Jacob Tonson, 1681-82.
Folio (300 x 190 mm and 350 x 220 mm). Part 1 without initial blank, bound in early 20th century half morocco, the second part stitched and uncut, title and final leaf slightly worn. Loose in a cloth case.
FIRST EDITION, 1st issue of Part 1; part 2 in the second state with Fleet St added to imprimatur, and 12 lines on the final leaf. Macdonald 12a/15a. Wing D-2212/D-2350. Provenance: Part I Robert S. Pirie (bookplate); Part II, Belmont Corn and Robert S. Pirie (bookplates).

WITH: The Medall. A satire against sedition. London: J. Tonson, 1682. Small 4to. Modern green half morocco. Provenance: Winston Henry Hagen (Bookplate); Robert S. Pirie (Bookplate). Wing D-2311; Macdonald 13 Aii.

A fine group of three of Dryden's political satires, all from the Pirie Library. Dryden wrote this political verse at the request of Charles II, using biblical allegory to describe the political situation regarding the arrest of the Earl of Shaftesbury for treason, his imprisonment in the Tower of London and his acquittal after his trial in 1681. Part 1 appeared anonymously describing the arrest and trial while part 2 was published a year later, although largely written by Nahum Tate, it was revised by Dryden, and included his satirical portraits of Thomas Shadwell and Elkanah Settle. Dryden's political stance brought about a slew of anti-Dryden sentiment, most couched in verse!
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