Hudibras, A Poem.
with Notes, selected from Grey and other authors; to which are prefixed, A Life of the Author, and A Prelimiary Discourse on the Civil War, &c. A New Edition, embellished with engravings.London: printed by W. Lewis for Thomas McLean, 1819 Stock Code: 140367
First edition thus with Clarke's illustrations, and the extra matter gathered together from Grey, Hume, Smollett, Fox and others, handsomely bound. Samuel Butler's Hudibras is a satiric poem on the English Civil War, written in Chaucerian couplets and published 1663-78. Voltaire, who translated a condensed version of Hudibras into French, noted that "there is one English Poem, the title whereof is Hudibras; it is Don Quixote; it is our Satyre Menippee blended together: I never met with so much wit in one single book as this."
2 volumes, octavo (210 x 129 mm). Contemporary dark green half morocco, flat bands, dark red morocco labels, decorations to compartments and bands gilt, decorative rolls to boards in blind, marbled sides and edges, brown endpapers, dark red silk bookmarks.
Aquatint frontispiece to each volume and 10 similar plates throughout, all after J. H. Clark.
With the bookplate of Edward Parker of Brownsholme to front pastedowns and the bookplate of Robert J. Hayhurst on front free endpaper of Volume I. Spines slightly sunned, boards lightly scuffed, minor wear to board edges, occasional minor spotting to text block, with more substantial foxing to pp. 15-6. Overall an excellent set, with bright and fresh plates.
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