Author: John Skelton
Publisher: London Printed for C. Davis 1736
The second edition under this title, taken from the first edition of 1568. This was the most complete of the early editions of Skelton, a poet almost completely neglected in the 17th century. This second edition is essentially the earliest obtainable edition of Skelton as the first is scarce. Engraved frontispiece portrait inserted.
12mo.,68 x 94 mms., pp. engraved frontispiece portrait, xiv, 294 [295 - 296 adverts], in full red morocco by Herring (ink nbote), boards with gilt panels, spine richly gilt, all edges gilt. A little waterstaining to upper board and first few leaves, otherwise a verg good copy.
A pencil note on the front-free endpaper reads “Evans sale 1820 P. Cooke Esq” Below this in pencil is the name “Henry Broadley”. Beneath this is a note in ink “In the great scarcity of Skelton’s doggerel rhymes in B.L. it may be some consolation to a collector of our early poetry to know that this is a very faithful re-print”