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Pennyles Pilgrimage
1618 - TAYLOR, John. The Pennyles Pilgrimage, or The Money-lesse Perambulation, of John Taylor, Alias the kings Majesties Water-Poet. How He Trevailed on Foot from London to Edenborough in Scotland, Not Carrying Any Money To or Fro, Neither Begging, Borrow or Asking Meate, Drinke or Lodging. London: Printed by Edw: All de, at the charges of the Author, 1618. Slim, square octavo, early 20th-century full brown morocco, marbled endpapers; pp. [54]. $4800.First edition of Taylor's narrative of his travels in Scotland as a man without means, told in poetry and prose, handsomely bound by Zaehnsdorf.John Taylor was widely known as "The Water-Poet," due to his apprenticeship to a waterman, later service in the Essex fleet, and career as a Thames waterman, combined with his reputation as a prolific pamphleteer. Perhaps inspired by Ben Jonson's travels, Taylor undertook a journey that led to the completion of this work. "In 1618, he undertook to travel on foot from London to Edinburgh without taking a penny in his pocket, nor "˜begging, borrowing, or asking meat, drink, or lodging.' He went, however, far beyond Edinburgh, penetrating even to the wilds of Braemar, and there he became the guest of the Earl of Mar at a hunting encampment among the hills. The sport inspired him with two sonnets. On his return to Leith he met Ben Jonson, who, although suspecting that Taylor's intention might be to turn his own expedition into ridicule, gave him a piece of gold "˜of two-and-twenty shillings' wherewith to drink his health in England. Having previously obtained 1600 names for his accounts of this tour, which he called The Pennyles Pilgrimage (1618), Taylor felt justified in having 4500 copies printed, but more than half the subscribed refused to pay on the ground that Taylor had not observed the conditions of the journey. Thereupon Taylor lashed the "˜defaulters' to his hearts content in a diverting satire" published the next year (DNB). During the course of his active writing career, Taylor's wit and entertaining narratives secured him the respect and patronage of prominent literary figures. Lowndes, 2588. Wither to Prior 850. Pollard & Redgrave 23784. A few expert paper repairs, very mild soiling to text, a bit of toning to spine. A handsome copy in near-fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition]
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