London: Printed by Tho: Newcomb, for Rich: Marriott, 1670. First Edition, 2nd issue. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Contemporary morocco. No frontispiece, as issued. Collated and complete.
Front board detached. Chipping to leather. Signature of "A. Burgoyne" on front free endpaper. Several pages have pencil mark in margins.
Armorial bookplate of "Colonel Cooper" inside front cover and sticker from Markree Library, stating the collection was "Re-arranged in 1913 by Bryan Cooper." This refers to the collection at Markree Castle in Collooney, County Sligo, Ireland, the ancestral seat of the Cooper family, to which this copy once belonged.
This is a rare first edition, second issue of Walton's (1593-1683) biography of Welsh-English poet George Herbert (1593-1633). Walton is best known for his Compleat Angler and collection of four literary biographies, of which this was the fourth. This biography of Herbert was released the same year as the more common compendium of all four, called Walton's Lives. This issue of Life of Herbert, published separately from the collected Lives, is particularly uncommon. (Pforzheimer 1055). Item #2756