Linton- Life in the Collections
William James Linton:
68) Rare Poems of the 16th and 17th Century. A supplement to the Anthologies. Collected and edited with notes.
“Under the title Golden Apples of Hesperus I lately printed a limited edition of Poems not in the collections, meaning the general selections accessible to the ordinary readers. The present book is but in part a reprint of that. Half the wood-cuts omitted, some new ones are given; and instead of poems of the 19th century, additional poems of the 16th and 17th centuries, with a selection from the anonymous writings of the same period, out of early miscellanies.“ Among the better known authors are John Donne, Philip Sidney, Ben Jonson, Robert Burton and Linton’s favourite Robert Herrick; John Dowland’s songbook is also included. Although F. B. Smith praises this carefully produced collection “as the first scholarly edition in the field,” subsequent compilers of English Renaissance and Restoration poetry neglected Linton’s editorial merits and didn’t even mention him.