[Poetical Miscellany]. Lacrymae Cantabrigiensis in obitum serenissimae Reginae Mariae.

Cambridge: typis Johan. Hayes, 1694/5. First edition of this collection of poems by Cambridge men in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, French, and English, lamenting the death of Queen Mary. Includes a 94-line elegy by Ambrose Philips, then an undergraduate at St. John's College. This was his first appearance in print. He went on to a successful career as a poet, dramatist, translator and journalist. He came to be mockingly called "Namby Pamby" as a result of his trochaics for children, but Johnson admired his juvenile poems and said that he was "eminent for bravery and skill with the sword." A very good copy. Contemporary marbled boards with recent sprinkled calf spine, gilt olive morocco label. Small octavo. 216 pp. Item #15571

Wing C342.

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