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FULLER, Thomas (1608--1661)
[History of the worthies of England]
The history of the vvorthies of England. Endeavoured by Thomas Fuller, D.D.
London: printed by J. G[rismond]. W. L[eybourne]. and W. G[odbid]., 1662.
[8], 8--30, 33--70, 73--144, 149--300, 317--368, 1--16, 13--100, 105--144, 149--258, 257 [i.e. 261]--354, 1--232, [4], 1--60, engr. frontis. port. ; 32.0 cm. (2º)

The first English biographical dictionary, arranged by counties, with the commodities, manufactures, proverbial expressions, etc., of each followed by brief biographies of its 'worthies', including the earliest published biographical notice of Shakespeare in the section on the writers of Warwickshire although the date of his death is left blank (p. 126, third set). The dedication and preface are by the author's son, John Fuller, who finished the printing of the work, 'according to the Copy the Author left behind him, without the least Addition'. 'Hant-shire' begins new pagination on 2A1r; 'Shrop-shire' begins new pagination on 4A1r (mis-signed 3A); 'The Principality Of Wales' (60 pp. at end) has a divisional title-page. The text is continuous despite numerous lacunae and errors in pagination: in the first set pages 11--15 are misnumbered 13--17, pp. 17, 158 and 163 are misnumbered 18, 162 and 159, and pp. 189--192 are misnumbered 289--292; in the second set p. 259 is misnumbered 257. The frontispiece portrait of the author is signed as engraved by David Loggan. Errata: prelim. p. [6]. ESTC r37357; Wing F2440; Grolier Club, Catalogue of original and early editions of some of the poetical and prose works of English writers from Wither to Prior (New York 1905, reprinted 1963), no. 390; S. Gibson, A bibliography of the works of Thomas Fuller, D.D., with an introduction by Geoffrey Keynes, Oxford Bibliographical Society, 1936, XXX III(1).

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the frontispiece portrait and first blank leaf. With the 12-page index, first prepared in the 18th century, which is frequently found bound at the end of this work (q.v.). Furnished with an unsigned mid to late C17th portrait of the author with a book, pen and quire of paper (170 mm x 101 mm) pasted to the verso of the first free-endpaper, with the quire of paper inscribed Richard Butler's Book, in ink; on the verso of the portrait is an inscription reading Richard Butler His Book / The gift of Mr Slaughter, junior, 1722 / July. The same image is to be found (with the quire of paper left blank) in Soane's extra-illustrated copy of Thomas Pennant's Some account of London, 4th ed., 1805 (q.v., copy 2), vol. V, p. 103. The name J.P. Andrews is inscribed at the top of the same page; it appears again on p. 5 (first series). Four slips of paper are tipped onto the recto of the first free-endpaper. The first of these in an early hand bears an anecdote about the author: Dr. Fuller who writ the Holy War, when / his Mistress refused to marry him because / his Hair was Red, sent her this Distich. / My Hair is Red, I cannot change the colour. / God made me not a Dyer, thee a Fuller. The remaining three slips, with annotations to passages in the text, are signed Whalley. On the verso of the second of these is the name in ink Mr Waldron. Inserted before the title-page is a paper giving a list of 'High Sherriffs of Northamptonshire Continued from where Fuller leaves off in his Worthies of England. ... [1646 down to 1715 'I have not yet the names']'. Further annotations in pencil in a small neat hand on final free-endpaper. Some of the misnumbered pages are corrected in pencil or ink. Bought from Robert Faulder for £5 15s. 6d., 26 May 1804. (Spiers Box. Miscellaneous Booksellers).

Binding C18th diced russia, gilt-ruled borders and spine, gilt-tooled star devices in spine compartments, spine direct-lettered in gilt 'Worthies of England. With Maps & Prints. Thomas Fuller'.

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