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The Petticoat an Heroi-Comical Poem In Two Books 1716 by Joseph Gay

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“The second edition corrected. Dated July 9, 1716 by Straus, who remarked: “… many people bought it, I imagine, as Gay’s work. Its ostensible publisher was Burleigh and it professed to be the work of Mr. J. Gay, but in this case the J stood for Joseph for many years. Pope mentions the phantom in the Dunciad : “Curl stretches after Gay, but Gay is gone: / He grasps an empty Joseph for a John.”

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[Francis Chute] Mr. Gay, The Petticoat: an Heroi-Comical Poem. In Two Books. Price One Shilling. London, Printed for R. Burleigh in Amen Corner, MDCCXVI (1716). 18.5 cm; 39 pages; 8vo; [half-title, verso blank; title-page, verso blank, address to the ladies, iii, verso of p. iii blank (A4 unsigned); pp. 21-22 unpaginated (half-title for Book II); verso of p. 39 blank]. Printer’s device of two peacocks feeding on a bowl of fruit on the title-page; decorative head-piece above address to the ladies, historiated initial also on A3; identical head-piece on B1 (page 1 of Book I) and on D4 (page 1 of Book II); historiated S on B1; historiated T on p.23 (D4); tail-piece p. 39. Errata at the foot of A4 (p. iii). This is a false imprint, one printed for E. Curll. Second edition corrected. ESTC T43931 Ralph Straus, The Unspeakable Curll, pp. 241-242; D. F. Foxon, English Verse 1701 – 1750, C190, “The second edition corrected. Dated July 9, 1716 by Straus, who remarked: “… many people bought it, I imagine, as Gay’s work. Its ostensible publisher was Burleigh and it professed to be the work of Mr. J. Gay, but in this case the J stood for Joseph for many years. Pope mentions the phantom in the Dunciad : “Curl stretches after Gay, but Gay is gone: / He grasps an empty Joseph for a John.” Rebound in twentieth century marbled paper boards with a decorated blue morocco label on a red morocco spine. Pencil annotation on title-page, otherwise fine.

Address to the Ladies

Address to the Ladies, p. i.

Address to the Ladies, p. ii.

Address to the ladies, p. iii and Errata.

Decorated spine, showing title.

Front cover, marbled boards.