Printer's ornament on title-page, woodcut initials, borders of printer's ornaments at top and bottom margins. Small 8vo
by Taylor, John
The first work is a later edition, the rest all first editions. Printer's ornament on title-page, woodcut initials, borders of printer's ornaments at top and bottom margins. Small 8vo. Late seventeenth-century calf, paneled and tooled in blind, the spine in five compartments, old shelf label numbered 96 at head of spine; label frayed, corners bumped, lacking initial and terminal blanks, general soiling, staining, margins shaved close and fraying to right margin often costing headings and side-notes in part. The first work is a later edition, the rest all first editions. Printer's ornament on title-page, woodcut initials, borders of printer's ornaments at top and bottom margins. Small 8vo. "Like most writers, Taylor never achieved the recognition he thought his due. Having successfully constructed a comic persona as the rhyming waterman, it was an impossible challenge to be accepted as a serious poet. His achievement was none the less impressive. As a literary entrepreneur and showman he was far more prosperous in his heyday than most writers; few watermen or struggling poets were also subsidy men or had to pay ship money. Taylor pursued a successful literary career for over fifty years, demonstrating a remarkable range, facility, and inventiveness. He played a pioneering role in the development of nonsense verse, popular political journalism, and travel writing" (ODNB).This volume includes the following works:1. [The Life and Death of ... the Virgin Mary]. London: G. E[eld] for J. T[rundle]., 1623. Borders of printer's ornaments at top and bottom margins; lacking A1,2, severe staining, soiling, and marginal fraying. (STC 23771) 2. A Memorial of all the English Monarchs, being in number 150. from Brute to King Iames. London: [N. Okes], 1622. Title within border of fourteen woodcut kingly portraits, woodcut headpieces and additional portraits throughout; soiling, fraying along outer margin and lower inside margin costing text in quire B and some side-notes throughout, large burn hole in B8 costing text in 8 lines and tear affecting 5 lines. (STC 23773) 3. A Shilling or, the TraVailes of Twelve-Pence. [London: E. Allde for H. Gosson, 1621]. Woodcut illustration on title-page, headpieces, initials, borders of printer's ornaments at top and bottom margins; right margins shaved close, impinging upon title illustration and side-notes in text. (STC 23793)4. Taylor's Motto. [London: E. Allde for J. T[rundle] & H. G[osson], 1621]. Lacks engraved titleDrop title on A4, borders of printer's ornaments at top and bottom margins; one side-note cropped, some dampstaining. (STC 23800) 5. Taylors Farewell, to the Tower-Bottles. Dort. [i.e., London: Augustine Mathewes], 1622. Printer's ornaments between rules on title-page; some staining, margins shaved close affecting side-notes. (STC 23797) 6. A Common Whore With all these Graces Grac'd. London: Printed [by E. Allde] for Henry Gosson, 1622. Woodcut ornament on title-page, top border of printer's ornaments, one floriated initial; imperfect: lacking A3-8 and quire B. (STC 23742) 7. An Arrant Thiefe, Whom Every Man May Trust: In Word and Deed ... With A Comparison betweene a Thiefe and a Booke. London: Printed by Edw. All-de, for Henry Gosson, 1622. Printer's ornaments between rules on title-page, woodcut initial and headpieces, borders of printer's ornaments; running heads and some side-notes shaved. With variant: "Panier-Alley" in imprint. (STC 23728) 8. The Great O'Toole. London: Printed [by E. Allde] for Henrey Gosson, 1622. Printer's ornaments on top and bottom margins of title-page, one woodcut headpiece, borders of printer's ornaments on top and bottom margins; lacks final blank.(STC 23762) 9. Sir Gregory Nonsence. His Newes from No Place. London: Printed [by N. Okes], 1700 [sic] (but 1622, see colophon). Printer's ornament on title-page, woodcut initials, borders of printer's ornaments at top and bottom margins; lacking initial and terminal blanks. (STC 23795). See Arthur Freeman, "Octavo Nonce Collections of John Taylor," in The Library 5.1 (1963): 51-57. Provenance: Taylor's Motto: ? Fitzwilliam (signature on blank A1 dated 1662) - William Vale (signature on blank A1 and numerous pen-trials on blank verso of terminal leaf, dated 1663). An Arrant Thiefe: Hannah, aged 17 (inscription on terminal blank dated 18 April 1777) - John Dal (signature on rear free endpaper) - Christie's London, 26 June 1991, lot 289. From the library of Robert S. Pirie with his bookplate
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