Philips, Katherine (1631-1664) Poems by the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, the Matchless Orinda.
London: Printed by J.M. for H. Herringman, 1669.
Folio, third edition, engraved portrait frontispiece, final blank present, bound in full contemporary calf (small patch at foot of front joint), some cosmetic defects, generally a fresh copy, 11 x 6 3/4 in.
Philips was one of few 17th century women known as a poet in her own lifetime. She died of smallpox at the age of thirty-two but leaves us a legacy of friendship poetry. She and her closest female friends, Anne Owen Lewis (1633-1692) and Mary Aubrey created their own personal literary circle, exchanging letters and poems, treasuring and celebrating their close bond.