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Hall Virgidemiarum | Satires in Six Books | MDCCLIII [1753]

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Hall (Joseph), Virgidemiarum. Satires in Six Books. Oxford, printed for R. Clements, 1753

 

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Hall (Joseph), Virgidemiarum. Satires in Six Books. Oxford, printed for R. Clements, MDCCLIII [1753]. In-12, [ii; xii; half-title, (verso blank); prologue; page 13 -108; 2 final blanks]. Brackets drawn on a few lines on  pages 55 and 67. Complete. Contemporary calf with gilt decoration, marbled end-papers, a fine copy.  The first three books “of tooth-lesse satires”, attacking institutions, were published in 1597,  with reprints in 1598 and 1602, and the last three “of byting satires”, attacking individuals under pseudonyms which were probably no disguise to Hall’s contemporaries, in 1598 and 1599. Hall claimed these were the first satires in the English language to have taken Juvenal for a model. They gave much offense, and attempt was made to have them all burned. The British Library copy of this title has  a manuscript note saying the editor of this (1753) edition was William Thompson of Queen’s College, Oxford. Bookplates of Frances (with coronet and shelf mark) and Stuart Bennett.  Signature of Sam Gillam. ESTC Cit. No. T140513