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Daniel, Samuel (1562-1619) The Whole Workes.
London: Printed by Nicholas Okes for Simon Waterson, 1623.
First complete edition, engraved title page bound before typographical title; with divisional titles; lacking the blank A4; blank N4 present; bound in full red morocco by Bedford, aeg.; purchased from Seven Gables in 1973; 6 3/4 x 5 1/4 in.
One of the most influential poets of the Elizabethan era, Daniel wrote in a range of genres, excelling in the composition of sonnets, epic poetry, essays, and plays. His influence reached his contemporaries, including Shakespeare, and extended far beyond his own period to Coleridge, Wordsworth, and even garnered the praise of C.S. Lewis. His early association with translator John Florio, whom Daniel encountered at Oxford, led the poet to pen laudatory verse published in the first English edition of Montaigne's Essays.