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The Shepherd's Week in Six Pastorals

and

Trivia or The Art of Walking the Streets of London

By Mr John Gay

1714-1716 - London - J T and sold by W Taylor and Bernard Lintott

8" by 5"; 60pp, [4]; 80pp, [12]

 

DETAILS

Two poetical works by John Gay bound as one.

The first volume, The Shepherd's Week In Six Pastorals is the second edition of this work. It was printed the same year as the first edition using the same sheets as the first edition, with a new title page (ESTC, Foxon, G71).

The Shepherd's Week states to title page that it is the second edition and is printed for J[acob] T[onson] and sold by W Taylor. The first edition had the imprint of Ferd. Burleigh. Scarce to have a copy with the Tonson/Taylor imprint.

With the scarce advertisement leaf to the rear of the work.

Illustrated, with a frontispiece and six plates.

Collated, complete.

The Shepherd's Week was John Gay's first major work. It is a series of six pastorals drawing on English rustic farming life.

The second work to this volume is Gay's celebrated Trivia. 

This is the first edition of the work, undated to title page though is known to be published in 1716

This is not the large paper edition, and has the phoenix headpiece to the first page and two printer's ornaments to pages 21 and 53. According to the ESTC the ornaments to pages 21 and 53 are also used by William Bowyer. To this edition the signature of C3 is signed, the variant on the ESTC is unsigned. 

This appears to be one of the 2000 ordinary copies by Lintott which is scarce in itself with only one copy on Copac.

The same year as this publication there was a Dublin imprint and other editions by Lintott. 

Trivia or the Art of Walking the Streets of London is a poem in three books. It is a graphic and humorous description of eighteenth century London. The narrative tone is mock-heroic form and is aimed at the idle upper and upper-middle class society.

From the antiquarian library of Christopher Rowe. Christopher Rowe was a schoolmaster in Norwich and then in Bristol. Throughout his career he inspired many to love literature, history and music. He was a specialist on 17th century printer and bookseller, Humphrey Moseley and began his, unfortunately unfinished, PhD dissertation on him. 

CONDITION

In a half calf binding with paper covered boards. Externally, generally smart with small patches of light rubbing to the boards. Slight rubbing to the extremities and to the joints. Loss to head of front joint. Surface cracks to spine. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedown, Christopher Rowe. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are age toned, particularly to edges. Instances of light scattered spots. Overall: VERY GOOD.


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