n.d. [1807 or 1808] · [London]
One of either 12 or 25 copies printed on vellum (as per Alston in the former case, as per Oxford cataloguer and a contemporary note on title-page in the latter). John Bon was originally printed by Daye and Seres in London in 1548 (STC 3258.5) and is here reproduced in letterpress facsimile from a copy formerly owned by Richard Forster
=> Attributed to Luke Shepherd by Halkett and Laing, this is a satirical poem, a dialogue in verse, on the Eucharist, and could even be seen as a short play. It is printed in gothic (black letter) type with => a large woodcut of a procession of the Eucharist on the title-page.
None of the copies reported to WorldCat, COPAC, or NUC are described as printed on vellum. The copy that Alston found at the British Library is not findable via the BL OPAC.
Provenance: Early 19th-century manuscript ownership on front fly-leaf: "Thomas Briggs Esq., Edgeware Road." Most recently in the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabel ("AHA") at rear.
Alston, Books Printed on Vellum in the Collections of the British Library, p. 35; Halkett & Laing (2nd ed.), III, p. 192; Halkett & Laing (3rd ed.), J21 (var.) l NSTC, I, S1667. Original dun colored boards with beige linen shelfback; rebacked, and binding discolored. "25 copies Printed on chosen Parchment" written in ink in an early 19th-century hand in lower margin of the title-page. Foxing, heaviest on last three leaves; last page (a publisher's note and colophon) lightly inked and so a little faint. => A nice find for the collector of printing on vellum, letterpress facsimiles, or reprints of rare 16th-century English tracts. (Inventory #: 34699)