London and New York: Frederick Warne and Company, no date, circa 1900. Thick octavo, contemporary tree-calf-gilt, seal of the Sarum Choristers' School on front board, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Item #10082
A beautiful copy of the works of the most influential Restoration poet, presented as a prize for high examination marks, Christmas 1902, by the Sarum Choristers' School. This edition contains selections from Dryden's plays and translations, and all his English poems, including "Absalom and Achitophel," "Religio Laici," "Under Milton's Picture," and "Alexander's Feast": "War, he sung, is toil and trouble; / Honour but an empty bubble; / Never ending, still beginning, / Fighting still, and still destroying: / If the world be worth thy winning. / Think, oh think it worth enjoying: / Lovely Thaïs sits beside thee, / Take the good the gods provide thee." Fine condition, in a splendid prize binding.