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HUDIBRAS. THE FIRST PART. WRITTEN IN THE - Butler, Samuel - 1709. 
Printed by J. M. for Geo. Sawbridge; and sold by Matth. Hawkins, at the Angel in St. Paul's Churchyard, 1709; London: Printed for R. Chiswel, G. Sawbridge; R. Wellington, and G. Wells, 1709; London: Printed for Thomas Horne, at the South Entrance of the Royal Exchange, London - Octavo, three parts: pp. [1-18]  2-198]; [1-2] 3-167 [168: blank]; [1-2] 3-207 [i.e. 226] [note: Pages 225-226 of part three mispaginated 269 and 207; page 131 numbered correctly], nineteen inserted plates, two folded, plus an added engraving of "Butler's Monument" engraved by G. F. Wainwright, contemporary paneled calf, spine panel tooled in blind and lettered in gold, five raised bands, elaborate blind stamped decorations on front and rear panels. First illustrated edition. The earliest state of each part, with all title pages dated 1709 and none mentioning that illustrations are present (later title pages include the statement "adorned with cuts"). A mock-heroic poem (first published 1663; 1664; 1678) modeled on "Don Quixote," ridiculing the hypocrisy and self-seeking of the Presbyterians and Independents. ESTC T1717. Leather bookplate of Fanny deGroot Hastings (poet and book collector) on front pastedown. Early signatures on title page of part one obscured with ink, leaf K3 (pages 131-2) of part one torn in center affecting a few letters. Skillfully re-backed a hundred years or so ago. A good, complete copy. Only a handful libraries have copies with all title pages dated 1709. No copies of this 1709 edition have appeared at public auction in thirty years, and the book is now uncommon in the trade. (#132634) [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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