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Richard Head 1637?-1686?.
The English rogue: continued in the life of Meriton Latroon, and other extravagants. Comprehending the most eminent. [sic] cheats of both sexes. The third part. With the illustration of pictures to every chapter.
- London: By Anne Johnson for Francis Kirkman, 1674 London : printed for Francis Kirkman, and are to be sold by William Rands at the Crown in Duck-lane, 1680. Octavo 9.5 x 16 cm A4, B-Y? [2],[308] 3plates ; A-V8 X? [2], 324 1 of 3 Plates Second edition of each volume. This copy is bound in full contemporary calf recently rebacked. The most important primary source on HeadÕs life is William Winstanley's biographical entry published in his Lives of the most famous English poets (1687) Ð a credible if not reliable source insofar as Winstanley could claim to have been personally acquainted with Head. According to Winstanley, Head was a ministerÕs son, born in Ireland. His father was killed in the Irish rebellion of 1641, the incidents seem to be reflected in Head's English Rogue, the satirical romance he published in 1665. His mother took him to England where she had relatives in Barnstaple. They later moved on to Plymouth, to Bridport and to Dorset where Head is known to have attended the town's grammar school in 1650. Head was eventually admitted to the same Oxford College his father had attended (possibly New Inn Hall, from which a John Head graduated in 1628). His financial means being insufficient Head was taken from college and bound apprentice to a ÒLatin booksellerÓ in London Òattaining to a good Proficiency in the TradeÓ, as Winstanley put it. ÒHis genius being addicted to PoetryÓ he published his first poetical and satirical piece which Winstanley recorded as Venus Cabinet UnlockÕd. This may be a reference to Giovanni Benedetto Sinibaldi's The cabinet of Venus unlocke … [Click Below for Full Description]
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