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    Samuel Butler. Hudibras. The First and Second Parts. Written in the time of the Late Wars. Corrected & Amended, With Several Additions and Annotations. London: Printed by T.N. for John Martyn and Henry Herringman, 1674. [Bound together with:] Hudibras. The Third and last Part. Written by the Author of the First and Second Parts. London: Printed for Simon Miler, 1678.

    Second edition of the first and second parts, first edition of the third part. Octavo (6.75 x 4.25 inches; 170 x 110 mm.). [2, title], 206, 189-202, [2, blank], [2, sectional title], 223-412; [2, title], 285, [1, blank] pages.

    Contemporary full dark brown mottled calf, rebacked, with original spine laid down. Double-fillet borders rolled in blind, spine tooled in gilt in compartments, four raised bands, gilt red morocco lettering piece, marbled edges. Old parchment label with gilt Order of the Garter stamp (possibly cut out of another binding) and later royal bookplate of gilt morocco affixed to front pastedown. Early eighteenth century annotations and marginalia, with notes on rear free endpaper recto, and a transcription of the "Appendix to June 1701 Volume LXIV" on recto and verso of front free endpaper. Early tape reinforcement to hinges. Some occasional light spotting. Several leaves trimmed close in the second volume, affecting the bottom edges of a few catchwords. Blank outer margin of A7 and A8 torn with some loss, but wholly unaffecting text. Overall, a very good copy.

    A handsome copy of this important work of English literature, whose gilt morocco bookplate and Order of the Garter label point to an intriguing, and most probably royal, provenance. Butler is remembered today chiefly for authoring this work, a satirical burlesque poem that takes Puritans to task, and which many regard as the first great English satire. Many of the couplets in Hudibras became proverbs that many people still use today; and the popularity of the work is evidenced in part by its becoming immortalized as an adjective which means "of a playful burlesque style."

    Wing (2nd ed.) B6311, B6313.

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