Petticoat Loose: A Fragmentary "Tale Of the Castle" by Peter Pindar [John Wolcot]. Thomas Rowlandson, Illustrator.

Petticoat Loose: A Fragmentary "Tale Of the Castle" by Peter Pindar [John Wolcot]

London: J.J. Stockdale, 1812. First edition. leather_bound. 135 pages. 28 x 22 cm. Four engraved hand-colored plates by Rowlandson. Albert M. Cohn's copy with his armorial bookplate front cover pastedown. John Wolcot was blind by the year 1812, the letter perhaps dictated. "When blindness overtook him, he displayed a stoical good humour which makes us regret that a musical, artistic man, of a `kind and hearty disposition,' played so scurvy a literary role. This work is a prose poem, CHEL. Vol. 11, pp.37-38. Notes, "Pindar's strength lies in his power of realising for his reader a comic situation; polished epigram .....He loves to slip one of two sly colloquialisms into verses written in the formal eighteenth century style, and, thus bring out the broad fun of his conceptions." Pindar satirized Dr. Johnson and Boswell as well as George III. Robert Burns received a copy of Pindar's works from George Thomson, and held him in esteem. Not in TOOLEY. Plates and text clean and bright with plate offsetting to blank tissue guard. Raised bands, spine panels richly gilt in floral motifs, two maroon spine labels lettered in gilt, triple gilt cover fillets, inner dentelles, rubbing to corners and joints. Full tan calf. Aeg. Very good. Item #21436

Price: $2,000.00

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