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FERRERS, Edmund (d. 1825)
[Illustrations of Hogarth. 1816 & 1817]
Illustrations of Hogarth: i.e. Hogarth illustrated from passages in authors he never read, and could not understand.
London: printed by and for Nichols, Son, and Bentley, 1816.
55, [1] p., engr. frontis. port. ; 20.8 cm. (8º)

Anonymous; by Edmund Ferrers. This "classical jeu d'esprit" was sufficiently serious for John Nichols to reprint in the third volume of his edition of 'Hogarth's Works'. The work (favourably reviewed in the Gentleman's Magazine, July 1818, vol. LXXXVIII, ii, p. 41) outlines the coincidental similarities in Hogarth's 'The Marriage A La Mode', 'The Harlot's Progress', and 'The Rake's Progress' (the latter belonging to Soane) to passages in the works of ancient authors, which as the title states "he never read, and could not understand". Includes excerpts from authors ranging from Aristotle to Plutarch to Jonson, Dryden and Pope, in both poetry and prose; many in Latin; with some lines in Greek script. With a portrait of Hogarth drawn by T. Worlidge and engraved by T. Priscott, dated 'March 1. 1816', as frontispiece. A second, enlarged edition was published in 1817 with the title Clavis Hogarthiana: or, Illustrations of Hogarth: ... The second edition, enlarged and corrected and a wood-engraved title vignette of a phoenix.


Copy Notes This copy consists of the sheets of the first edition published in 1816 (55, [1] p.), bound after the title-page of the second edition, and followed by the enlargements and corrections of the second edition on pp. 53--72.

Binding C19th brown morocco-grained calf, gilt thick-thin double-rule and blind roll-tool anthemion and palmette decorated borders, black-stained and gilt-tooled spine, black spine-label.

Reference Number 2476


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