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    Richard Brathwait[e]. Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys To The North of England. In Latin and English Metre...Together with Bessy Bell. The Third Edition. London: S. Illidge, 1723. Krown & Spellman retail: $250. 8vo. A4,a7,B-M8.N4. [20],175,[1],[8]pp. Contemporary tree calf, spine banded, gilt, title in gilt on leather label, top of spine lost, front hinge cracked but strong, old notes dated 1819 on f.f.e.p.,minor foxing. a few carefully penned notes at the start of each part and at end, old owner's name "Jos. Wright, Boght of Mr. Boatwiss at Norwich 21st Dece. 1763." on verso of the plate at part III; inserted printed paper on Sabbath observance dated March 26, 1795 pasted to rear cover paste-down. Engraved frontis, inserted portrait of William Besworth (incorrectly described as the author), 4 full-page plates by J. Clark (new to this edition). This is the first edition to have the plate of the Puritan gibbeting his cat. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Brathwaite, 1588?-1673, poet. The most famous of Brathwaite's works appeared in 1638 with the title of 'Barnabae Itinerarium, or Barnabee's Journal,' under the pseudonym 'Corymbaeus.' This is a sprightly record of English travel, in Latin and English doggerel verse; it was neglected in its own age, but being reprinted under the title of 'Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys,' achieved a considerable success during the eighteenth century, and is still in some vogue. The eleventh edition appeared in 1876. The authorship was not ascertained until the publication of the seventh edition by Joseph Haslewood in 1818. Southey pronounced the original the best piece of rhymed Latin in modern literature. The English part is best remembered by the often-quoted lines:

    To Bambury came I, O profane one!/

    Where I saw a puritane one/

    Hanging of his cat on Monday/

    For killing of a mouse on Sunday." DNB   ESTC t133831. Cox III,5. Wither to Prior,79. Lowndes 260.

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