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Hudibras, A Poem.

BUTLER (Samuel).

BUTLER (Samuel).

Hudibras, A Poem.With Notes, Selected from Grey and other Authors; to which are Prefixed, A Life of the Author, and a Preliminary Discourse on the Civil War &c. A New Edition, Embellished with Engravings.

12 hand-coloured aquatint plates by I. Clark.

Two volumes. 8vo. [218 x 131 x 69 mm]. lxxiv, [i], 444 pp; 494 pp. Bound in contemporary green goatskin, the covers with a border of a gilt fillet and a wide gilt palmettte and floral roll and a blind palmette roll. The spines divided into five panels by thick gilt tooled bands, lettered in the second and fourth panels, the first with a helmet, the third with a pair of spurs and a gauntlet, the fifth with crossed swords, with sprigs in the corners, the corners of the edges of the boards hatched in gilt, the turn-ins tooled with a gilt roll, pink endleaves, gilt edges.
London: printed by W. Lewis, 21 Finch-lane, for Thomas McLean, Bookseller and Publisher, and may be had by all Booksellers, 1819

Short closed tear pp.21/22 in vol.2; some light spotting and occasional foxing. A bookplate has been neatly removed from both front pastedowns. A very good copy in a fine bindings.

A number of binders were using knightly symbols at the time. I have a three volume set of Way's Fabliaux or Tales, London 1815, in a signed binding by C. Smith with the same motifs, and a copy of Malory's The Most Ancient and Famous History of the Renowned Prince Arthur, London 1634, in a signed binding by Charles Hering is illustrated as no.202, in Foot, The Henry Davis Gift, II. In both cases the tools are different from on this Hudibras. Sir Hudibras certainly had a sword and rode a horse, but the helmet and gauntlet were embellishments supplied by the binder.

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