by Butler, Samuel (Text by); John Wilders (Edited, with an Introduction and Commentary by)
Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1967. First Oxford University Press edition. Hardcover. g- to vg. Quarto. LXI, , 463, pp. Original printed dust-jacket over blind-stamped navy blue cloth, with gold lettering to spine. Frontispiece portrait of Samuel Butler."Hudibras" is a 17th-century English mock heroic narrative poem written by Samuel Butler. The work is a satirical polemic upon Roundheads, Puritans, Presbyterians and many of the other factions involved in the English Civil War."This edition attempts to provide a text of Butler's work based on bibliographical principles and a commentary to make the poem intelligible to the modern reader. The text is the first to be derived from a collation of all the early editions, and the commentary, which includes explanations of the author's copious references to 17th-century politics, theology, science, astrology, law, and other topics, is the first commentary on the whole poem since the 18th-century editions of Zachary Grey and T. R. Nash. The introductory matter gives an account of Butler's life and ideas, a critical introduction to "Hudibras," and a bibliography of the early edition" (From the Publishers).Moderate shelf wear. Spine of dust-jacket slightly age-toned and partly chipped at tail. Top edge slightly soiled. Previous owner's name in ink on upper margin of front free endpaper (Kolb). DJ in overall good- to good, binding and interior in very good condition.
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