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Brathwait, Richard (1588?-1673)
Ar’t asleepe husband? A boulster lecture; stored with all variety of witty jeasts, merry tales, and other pleasant passages; extracted, from the choicest flowers of philosophy, poesy, antient and moderne history. Illustrated with examples of incomparable constancy, in the excellent history of Philocles and Doriclea. By Philogenes Panedonius
London:, 1640. SOLE EDITION.. Octavo:. With the engraved frontispiece by William Marshall with the variant text: “London. Printed for R. Best and are to bee sould at his shop neare Graies Inn gatte in Houlbourne.” An unusually tall copy of Brathwaite’s famous satire on the perils of marriage, nagging wives, and the limitless lust of women. Text clean, lightly washed, C3 with repaired tear (no loss), E7 and 8 shorter at lower margin, possibly supplied. Complete with the rare engraved frontispiece. This copy conforms with Pforzheimer and lacks the bifolium “Postscript” (Z1-2) “Apparently supplementary and frequently wanting”(Grolier). It is found only in the Huntington and Harmsworth (Folger) copies in the U.S. Quire Y contains the poems "Menippus his Madrigall, to his coy-duck Clarabel” and “Loves Festivall at Lusts Funerall”. An uncontrolled note in ESTC refers to a plate sometimes found after p. 246. That plate in fact belongs to Brathwait’s “Two Lancashire Lovers”, also printed by Bishop in 1640. (See Grolier, “English Prose Fiction”(1917) no. 32 and “The Library of Herschel V. Jones, A-H”, number 221, Anderson Galleries, NY, 1918) “This Wife a wondrous racket meanes to keep While th’ Husband seems to sleepe but does not sleepe: But she might full as well her Lecture smother, For ent’ring one eare, goes out at t’other.” In “Ar’t Asleepe Husband?”, Richard Brathwait, author of the satirical examination of human nature and sexuality, “Drunken Barnabee’s Journal”, and the popular conduct books “The English gentlema … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Liber Antiquus [United States]
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