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BRATHWAITE, Richard (1588?--1673)
Drunken Barnaby's four journeys to the North of England. In Latin and English metre. Wittily and merrily (tho' an hundred years ago) compos'd; found among some old books that had lain a long time by in a corner, and now at last made public. Together with Bessy Bell. To which is now added, (never before published) the ancient ballad of Chevy Chase. In Latin and English verse. The fourth edition, illustrated with several neat copper-plates.
London: printed for W. Stuart, 1778.
[20], 175, [9]; 31, [1] p., [6] engr. pl. ; 15.9 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. With additional title-pages in Latin and English, dated 1774, identifying the author as 'Corymbæus', i.e. the poet and playwright Richard Brathwait [or Brathwaite]. In two parts with separate pagination and register: the doggerel verse 'Barnaby's Journal, Under The Names Of Mirtilus and Faustulus Shadow'd: ... By Corymbæus' (including 'Bessy Bell'), and 'Chevy Chase'. The former was first published pseudonymously in 1638 as Barnabæ itinerarium, or, Barnabee's journal, though its authorship was not ascertained until the seventh edition edited by Joseph Haslewood in 1818 (DNB, s.v. Brathwaite). The poem describes journeys from Kendal to London by four different routes, combining topographical and picaresque elements. This is probably a reissue of the 1774 edition with the addition of 'Chevy Chase' which was first appended to the 1776 edition. Parallel texts in Latin and English throughout. ESTC t129469.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the plates. Title-page inscribed in ink John Soane. 'Chevy Chase' is bound between signatures M and N (the latter containing the index).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, red morocco spine-label. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 1s. 4d., 5 September 1829. (Archives 7/10/19 Book binding).

Reference Number 1760


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