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Hudibras

In three parts,

Written in the time of the late wars:

Corrected and amended with large annotations and a preface by Zachary Grey

Complete in two volumes.

1744 - Cambridge - by J. Bentham

8" by 5" - 446, 424pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

Gilt tooled speckled calf leather bindings.  Ilustrated with frontispiece to volume I and further plates after Hogarth with some folding.

Hudibras is a mock heroic poem from the 17th century written by Samuel Butler.

The work is a satirical polemic upon Roundheads, Puritans, Presbyterians and many of the other factions involved in the English Civil War. The work was written in three parts in 1663, 1664 and 1678 although an unauthorised edition came out in 1662.

Published only four years after Charles II had been restored to the throne and the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell being completely over the poem found an appreciative audience. The satire is not balanced as Butler was fiercely royalist and only the parliamentarian side are singled out for ridicule. Butler also uses the work to parody some of the dreadful poetry of the time.

CONDITION

The bindings are generally firm although the cords are exposed in a number of places.  All covers are attached although the front inner hinge of volume II and the rear inner hinge of volume I are broken and detached from the main text blocks, along with the spines, and are attached at the other hinge only.  There is some wear to the extremities including bumping to the corners and tops and tails of the spines.  There is also some rubbing to the spines.  Internally the books have some spotting in places and the occasional handling mark.  There is also some slight staining in places.  The tops of pages 27-116 in volume II are damaged with slight to heavy loss of the text, please see last photo for example of this.  There is worming throughout volume I, mostly to the margins but affecting the text in some places.  There is some occasional evidence of past worming in volume II.  The front inner hinge has been strengthened wth tape in volume I.

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