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Butler Samuel; The Poets of Great Britain

SKU: Butler Samuel AB0210073 $84.00
The Poets of Great Britain Volume #16 of 61 double volumes Samuel Butler Vols. I & II (bound in a single volume) including the Life of Samuel Butler by Samuel Johnson L.L.D. published in 1807 by Samuel Bagster et al London with frontispiece portrait of Samuel Butler and opposing engraving. Additional engraving at the start of Vol. II. Full leather with gilt on spine. Binding and spine are tight without any loose pages. The spine has leather loss at the head and foot approximately .05 cm x 2 cm. at head and .075 cm. x 1 cm. at foot. Title block has loss but is legible. The covers are starting to separated from the spine at the hinge on both sides. Pages are cream to off-white without any tearing foxing or spotting. Volume measures: 13.5 cm. x 8.5 cm. Page wear is minor despite the volumes 203 years. A volume in respectable condition. Samuel Butler was the son of a farmer and was educated at the King trades School Worcester under Henry Bright whose teaching is recorded favorably by Thomas Fuller a contemporary writer in his Worthies of England. In early youth he was page to the Countess of Kent and thereafter clerk to various Puritan justices some of whom are believed to have suggested characters in Hudibras (included in this book). Through Lady Kent he met John Selden who influenced his later writings. After the Restoration he became Secretary to the Lord President of Wales and about the same time married a Mrs. Herbert a widow with a jointure which however was lost. In 1663 the first part of Hudibras was published and the other two in 1664 and 1678 respectively. One fan was Charles II who granted him a pension. Notwithstanding the popularity of Hudibras Butler was neglected by the Court and died in 1680.