1716 Trivia or the Art of Walking The Streets of London First Edition Poem
Trivia or the Art of Walking. An exquisite first edition of John Gay's poem'Trivia'. A scarce work, being one of 2000 copies printed. First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding. This book weighs 0.5 KG when packed. A finely bound copy of this work. 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 called for. According to the ESTC the ornaments to pages 21 and 53 are also used by William Bowyer. This variant has C3 signed, as cited on ESTC reference no T13930. 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. In a lovely half crushed morocco binding. Externally, excellent with minor shelfwear to the extremities. Closely cropped to the head of pages, affecting the running title slightly to pages 34-44 and 54-65, G2r and G5r. Closely cropped to the fore-edge affecting the edge of the occasional gloss. 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.
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- Author: John Gay
- Binding: Leather
- Fiction Subject: Poetry
- Non-Fiction Subject: None
- Language: English
- Year Printed: 1716
- Place of Publication: London
- Weight: 0.5000
- Special Attributes: 1st Edition
- Original/Facsimile: Original
- Publisher: Bernard Lintott
- Illustrator: None
- Original/Reproduction: Original