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HEAD, Richard (1637?--1686?)
[English rogue. Part 4]
The English rogue: continued in the life of Meriton Latroon, and other extravants. Comprehending the most eminent. Cheats of both sexes. The fourth part. With the illustration of pictures to every chapter.
London: printed by Francis Kirkman, and are to be sold by William Rands, 1674.
[2], 324 p., [4] pl. ; 15.9 cm. (8º)

A further continuation of The English rogue described (1772 ed., q.v.), a picaresque narrative by Richard Head first published in 1665. The bookseller Francis Kirkman, having acquired the rights to the original work, brought out further editions and pressed Head to write a continuation. When Head declined, Kirkman wrote three further parts which were published in 1671. Although Head denied his authorship of the continuations, in all likelihood there was collaboration, and the preface to the 1671 edition of part 4 was signed by both. A fifth part was added to a an edition printed for J. Back, London, 1688 (ESTC r30761). Each plate is divided into six images numbered 1--6, 7--12, 13--18 and 19--24. ESTC r40139.

Copy Notes Without the final blank leaf recorded in ESTC. The Soane copy is part of a uniformly bound mixed set, with the 1682 edition of part 1 (q.v.), the 1671 edition of part 2 (q.v.) and the 1674 edition of part 3 (q.v.).

Binding C19th russia, blind-tooled borders and spine compartments, gilt-ruled spines, gilt-lettered, marbled edges to match the endpapers. Bound four parts as a set.

Reference Number 6678


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