Hudibras, in three parts; written in the time of the late wars: corrected and amended. With large annotations, and a preface, by Zachary Grey LL.D. Adorn'd with a new set of cuts

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London: printed for C. Hitch, G. Hawkins, C. Bathurst, J. Tonson, J. Worral, R. Baldwin, T. Longman, J. Bathoe, C. Corbett, T. Lownds, G, 1764. "Best edition" (Lowndes), with Grey's annotations and Hogarth's plates. Complete in two octavo volumes, with engraved half-length portrait of the author by Vertue and 16 full-page engravings (five folding) by Mynde after Hogarth. [2],xiv,xxxvi,424,[16]; [2],446,[24]pp. Engraved, armorial spade shield bookplates of J. G. Vernon on front paste downs. Contemporary full calf, spines in six compartments divided by gilt-ruled bands, red morocco lettering pieces gilt, all edges speckled red. A superlative set: endpapers and a few preliminaries and final leaves browned at the margins, but otherwise clean and bright and plates pristine, in deep, rich impressions; boards firmly attached, bindings tight and intact. Grolier (English 100) 32. Bland, pp. 216-19. Wither to Prior 137. Dibdin (Library Companion), p.731 ("the best critical edition, not only of this author, but doubtless of every other of the period"). Brunet I 1427-28. Lowndes 335. Maslen & Lancaster (Bowyer Ledgers) 4485. Paulson, pp. 40-41. Second Hogarth Edition (first was 1744). Influenced by Rabelais and particularly Cervantes' Don Quixote, Butler's mock-heroic poem satirized Roundheads, Puritans, Presbyterians, and other factions of the English Civil War. "Although 'written in the time of the late Wars,' Hudibras was not licensed to be printed until 11 November 1662, two years after re-establishment of the monarchy, when a satire on Puritanism could no longer give offense to the ruling party. On the contrary, the satisfaction which it gave to the King and court had much to do with the great success it achieved." (Grolier English Literature 100, 32). Samuel Pepys bought a copy, and finding no humor in it, sold it the same day. Still, the book enjoyed enormous popularity, and on 5 November 1663, the 'Second Part' appeared. Fourteen years passed before 'Hudibras: the Third and Last Part' (dated 1678) was entered in the Stationers' register on 22 August 1677 and put on sale. Multiple editions (and pirated editions) of the individual parts, as well as combined editions, were published by 1680. Finally, some 65 years later, an edition with plates by Hogarth (among his earliest attempts at book illustration) was published and regular republication of Hudibras as a literary classic continued to the beginning of the twentieth century. According to Bland, Hogarth's plates are a "landmark in English illustration and emphasize its divergence from an international style. . . . nothing could be more different from French work of the time . . . Hogarth aims at the common man; where the French illustrator is salacious, he is coarse; where the French illustrator chooses a classical or aristocratic subject, he prefers a contemporary plebeian one; and he is moral where the Frenchman is amoral." N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. Second Edition. Fine-.


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