HUDIBRAS IN THREE PARTS WRITTEN IN THE TIME OF THE LATE WARS by SAMUEL BUTLER with large annotations and a preface by Zachary Grey in Two Volumes ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM HOGARTH 1799. London : Printed in 1799 this is an early edition of Samuel Butlers Hudibras his long satirical poetical work on the English Civil War illustrated by William Hogarth, bound in old speckled leather bindings, just under 9 inches tall approx. Books bear the armorial crested bookplates of George Lewthwaite, and later inscriptions of a Violet Lewthwaite CONDITION the leather bindings are worn with cracking to all joints though boards still well attached, surface rubbing, scuffs and scrapes, lacks spine title label to volume one with loss to the volume number label, internally browning to page edges, quite heavy to some pages else contents in good general condition Samuel Butler (4 December 1612 18 June 1680). Was born in Strensham, Worcestershire and baptised 14 February 1613.
He is remembered now chiefly for his long satirical poem Hudibras. The work is a satirical polemic upon Roundheads, Puritans, Presbyterians and many of the other factions involved in the English Civil War. The work was written in three parts in 1663, 1664 and 1678 Published only four years after Charles II had been restored to the throne and the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell being completely over the poem found an appreciative audience. The satire is not balanced as Butler was fiercely royalist and only the parliamentarian side are singled out for ridicule. Butler also uses the work to parody some of the dreadful poetry of the time.The item "1799 Samuel Butler HUDIBRAS The English Civil War Cromwell WILLIAM HOGARTH illus" is in sale since Monday, May 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "trilobitesuk" and is located in Telford. This item can be shipped worldwide.