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COTTON, Charles.

The Genuine Poetical Works;

containing, I. Scarronides: or, Virgil travestie. II. Lucian burlesqu'd: or, the scoffer scoff'd. III. The wonders of the Peake. Illustrated with many curious cuts, all New-Design'd, and Engrav'd by the best Artists. The fourth edition, corrected.

London: Printed for J. and J. Bonwicke, E. Wicksteed, and T. Osborne, 1741 Stock Code: 136198
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Fourth collected edition of Cotton's poetical works (first 1715), with his burlesque, often scatological verse conjoined with suitably licentious plates. Cotton's works were popular in the period, undergoing many editions. "Cotton's later reputation has had its vicissitudes. In the eighteenth century he was renowned for burlesque and his lyrical poetry was barely known; the nineteenth century found the burlesques too gross, but Coleridge, Wordsworth, and Lamb rediscovered him as poet of nature, praising and imitating his 'Quatrains' of times and seasons, a characterization which, enhanced by his co-authorship of The Compleat Angler, brought him a continuing reputation into the twentieth century" (ODNB).

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Duodecimo (164 x 95 mm). Early 19th-century ruled calf, red speckled edges.


Divisional title pages with edition statements, 4 leaves of terminal advertisements; with 9 folding plates.


With the bookplate of the Carmichaels of Eastend. Short split at head of rear joint, some light browning to initial and final leaves, some light toning and nicking to extremities of one plate. A very good copy.


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