Trivia or The Art of Walking t the Streets of London. The first edition of John Gay's poem'Trivia', with the embellished head and tail pieces. This scarce work is one of 2000 copies printed for this run.First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding. This book weighs 0.5 KG when packed.
This is the first edition of the work, undated to title page though is known to be published in 1716. "Gay's best remembered poem, at once the finest mock-georgic in English and without question the greatest poem on London life in English literature", Irving. 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 as it should. 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 unsigned, in accordance with the ESTC's copy.
The same year as this publication there was a Dublin imprint and the second London edition due to its popularity. 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. With the bookplate of one Oliver Brett to the front pastedown.
This is the bookplate of Oliver Sylvain Baliol Brett, 3rd Viscount Esher. Prior owner's inscription to the title page,'Vincent Mathias'. Possibly the signature of Vincent Mathias c. The first edition of this humorous eighteenth century poem. In a full calf binding.
Rebacked and recornered with contemporary boards preserved. Externally, generally smart with shelfwear to the extremities. Front joint is cracked with the hinge holding by one cord only.
Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, Oliver Brett. Prior owner's inscription to the title page. Light scattered spots to the first and last few pages. Otherwise, just the occasional light spots.Fine - Very well preserved copy showing very little wear. Only one or two minor faults, really a very attractive copy. Quite a wide term meaning no major faults but probably several smaller ones. Often expected given the age of the book, but still a respectable copy. Some more serious faults as will.
Be described in the condition report under'condition. Good Only - Meaning one or more faults that could really do with repair. As with good only above but with other faults. Leaving a compromised copy even after repair.
Really bad and possibly seriously incomplete. We only sell books in this condition where their rarity or value makes them.
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